Writer: Simon Heaney
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
If Blackpool remain manager less for much longer, then Steve Thompson will have 'stood in' longer than Appleton actually had the job. So with the club described as 'ruderless' by the Chairman this week (a metaphor to distinguish us from the shipwreck of Blackburn), we faced Millwall.
Thommo stuck with the same side and bench that lost last week to Barnsley, save for the enforced change of goalkeeper as Mark Halstead made his full match debut. Blackpool started with most possession, but certainly without the swagger this squad should have.
Then, disaster. We know Blackpool don't defend set pieces, but we decided to crank it up a level and allow one in from the corner itself. Halstead will avoid watching the DVD on that on as he flew through the air and missed it completely. Give him his due, it could have made him crumble, but the rest of display was good, achieving at least one fantastic save.
A little bit of luck I has to be said was with us too. The crossbar twice rescuing us, once in the dying seconds of the game.
But Blackpool worked for the victory. Nothing dramatic, just keeping the nerve and working, grinding it out. What was missing was a finisher. The temptation to have started Derbyshire being one selection that perhaps should not have been resisted.
Against the run of play, Blackpool again went behind and that was how it was at half time.
The second half substitutes added some movement, before that it has to be said the traditional Blackpool fluidity had been lost to a more static look.
The equaliser? Cut and paste the name - Ince. A superb finish ending a good week for our young hero. And then, in the 90th, Delfouneso hit the onion bag leading to a mass pile on and 3 points. 4 minutes added on seemed to turn into 20 as Blackpool gave away a million set pieces. But hang on they did. 3 points desperately needed.
Date:Sunday February 10 2013
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