Date:Tuesday April 10 2007
"Clattenburg you`re a cake"… great one liner in the first few minutes from a certain poster who was on form yesterday, from what was a great day out in the company of several posters from this board. Somehow "Booth get back to your supermarket…" wasn`t quite up to scratch!!
That said however, most of the pre match talk wasn`t about the Premiership ref who many us watched on the box Saturday afternoon keep control over the likes of Ronaldo and Rooney. It was of course on our "new" keeper Joe Hart. Rumours about which player had taken the hammer to Edge`s hand, and who held him down to "take one for the lads" were abound…. But in the end the new boy made a good debut for us. Though he didn`t particularly have a lot to do, apart from one nervy moment in the first half he did what he had to do well and most Pool fans will feel more confident going into the last four games with him between the sticks rather than Edge. Chants of "sign him up" were a little exaggerated I thought, but fair play to the lad.
The game it self was not a classic, but a good workmanlike and "team" performance from The Mighty and enabled us to secure 3 points on a day when most around us dropped points. Huddersfield has become a good hunting ground for us recently and the big difference for me in this Blackpool side is that are playing far more as a unit. There are moments when we could play the simpler ball, and some of the decision making has to be questioned with the passes and flicks, but we all like those chances to come off, and when they do we all love it! The difference for me yesterday, was the way Beckett, and especially Booth were kept very quiet. Go back a year and Booth was winning every ball against us, this year I forgot he was there for most of the game - all credit to the defence - especially Evatt who again had a solid performance. He and Barker will be close for the player of the season in my opinion.
The goals themselves were well taken, and one of the successes for us this year has been where the goals have come from in the team. With Jorgy scoring it meant that all the outfield players who started Sat had scored for us at some point this season… when was the last time that happened?? Parker had another good game and seems to have again found some of his form and commitment, it`s a shame his reputation cost him another yellow, as for me that for once wasn`t a dive but a free kick, and his effort was the reason Claus got his goal with a great run. As for the second, despite some work required on his distribution, Mr Williams does have a great knack of finding the net, not bad for a left back!!
Still my biggest concern is midfield. Sorry TP (TorontoPool), but I still don`t think Southern and Claus can play together. Saturday they were far too deep for long periods, and I think they are too similar though I am a fan of them both and they each have lots too offer. (Maybe they are our own Gerrard and Lampard)We need someone with a spark, and even if Fox isn`t the long term answer I feel he gives us a bit more when he is there. I`ll be kind to Forbes and just say he can`t be knocked for effort, but with Gillett and even Coidy on the bench I think we have better players to fill that spot and they should be used.
For me that 3 points means we are in the playoffs this year, something that I didn`t think we would be as the season started, and the way we are playing I doubt any other team fancies coming up against us. 6 points from an Easter weekend that looked very tough on paper and one beforehand I was thinking of 2 or 3 from is fantastic. I have been saying for a few weeks, despite others telling me otherwise, that we can`t make the automatic spot, though I must admit it even crossed my mind this weekend with the Brizzle result. Now if Yeovil do us a favour Saturday, and we complete our end of the bargain I might just start to believe it myself - that said I do fancy seeing a Tangerine Clad Wembley!!
Point of note: he's wrong when talking about the midfield!
Date:Tuesday April 10 2007
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