UK time is: 20:59:10
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Seasiders Hammered

Ian Holloway has done a lot for this football club, but one thing he has continually failed to do is set out his defence effectively - and today it showed.

Ollie seems to think that our style of football neccessitates a very high line of defence, when in fact it doesn't.

Time and again our ludicriously high offside trap has caught us out, but yet Ollie sticks with it. Hopefully today's defeat will make him sit up and smell the coffee.

It seems to harsh to criticise the man after our 5-0 win last time out, but as we all know, you have to take the rough with the smooth in football, and today was a very rough day.

With Craig Cathcart having picked up an injury on international duty in midweek, Matt Hill came in at centre half with the Seasiders having failed to sign Liverpool centre half Danny Wilson on loan. Tom Ince also came into the side following his cameo against Bristol City, replacing Craig Sutherland, whilst new signing Lomano Lua Lua was on the bench.

The Seasiders started much the better team and were controlling the game, but with little penetration in the final third.

On the other hand, West Ham scored with their first attack. And it was a typical goal from a Sam Allardyce side all told - effective, route one football.

Julien Faubert whipped the ball in from the right and John Carew - without jumping - headed home. A poor goal to concede.

Carew then found himself clear through on goal on the half hour after a slip by Matt Hill, but he could only fire straight at Matt Gilks.

Carew was in the thick of it again just before the break for the hosts, forcing Gilks into another save, with Sam Baldock missing the rebound.

Despite all their possession, the Seasiders created the square root of fuck all in the first half - something that has been an all too familiar story this season.

Five minutes after the break, a diabolical offside trap left Sam Baldock miles in the clear to shoot past Gilks for his first goal as a Hammer.

Just minutes later he had his second; tapping home from close range after Gilks had denied Carew once more. Again, the 'Pool defence appeared to be playing in a different postcode to Upton Park.

It was soon 4-0. George McCartney's cross was only half cleared, and Jack Collison was on hand to smash home the rebound.

Ian Holloway belatedly reacted with a triple change in attack (he had no defenders, bar Neal Eardley, on the bench); Lua Lua, Bogdanovic and Ormerod replacing Phillips, Ince and Shelvey.

The Seasiders did create a few chance late on, but by then it was far, far too late and this heavy defeat sees them slip into the bottom half of the table.

Everyone connected with the club will be hoping for a reaction against Doncaster on Tuesday night.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The journalist

Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday October 15 2011

Time: 10:41PM

Your Comments

Defensively rubbish today!
AndrewDuncan
Please contact me Eamoon thank you you ban me over nothing i answered your question thank you.I send you two e-mails but no respond. Blackpool had a very off day and it was them days.
Jeffers_Blackpool
sorry i meant Eamonn .
Jeffers_Blackpool
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Blackpool Articles

Blackpool team v Brighton (Saturday September 20 2014)

Can the Seasiders turn it around (Saturday September 20 2014)

Meet the referee v brighton (Saturday September 20 2014)

First point for Seasiders (Sunday September 14 2014)

Riga revolution to end? (Saturday September 6 2014)

On this day 1929 (Sunday August 31 2014)

On this day 2007 (Sunday August 31 2014)

Who's next for pool? (Sunday August 31 2014)

Join up to the forum (Sunday August 31 2014)

Archived Blackpool Articles

List All Vital Blackpool Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 369
2. Bear1951 320
3. SmartBloke 178
4. Layton_Seasider 158
5. SaskPool 149
6. Albert Ramsbottom 128
7. BobHatton 120
8. Bribaba 102
9. Hastings 82
10. whitey1942 73

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Brighton 8 2 2 4 -2 8
19. Rotherham 8 2 2 4 -4 8
20. Birmingham 8 1 4 3 -7 7
21. Bolton 8 1 2 5 -6 5
22. Huddersfield 8 1 2 5 -11 5
23. Blackpool 8 0 2 6 -7 2
24. Fulham 8 0 1 7 -13 1

Breaking League News

Brighton 0 Blackpool 0 (Report)
Brighton : 20/09/2014 20:08:00
Bolton : 20/09/2014 20:00:00
Jerome To The Rescue
Norwich : 20/09/2014 19:53:00
RUFC - Evans Explains Decision To Change 'Keeper
Rotherham : 20/09/2014 19:45:00
RUFC - Evans 'Becchio Deserved Goal'
Rotherham : 20/09/2014 19:41:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

How many players will Pool sign before the deadline?
Suggested By:  
None 51%
1 21%
2 14%
3 0%
4 7%
More 7%