UK time is: 20:47:24
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Gaffer's Gabber

The first half was the most disappointing in some time at Bloomfield Road and Grayson pointed out that it was indeed a game of two halves.

"It was very definitely a game of two halves. The result says that and the goals in each half show that. I thought first half we were just off it. To be fair to them [Northampton] they played well and their shape caused us a few problems. We knew at half time we would still get chances. We had to alter the shape of the team and that's what I did, matching them up in midfield, and the result showed we did the right thing - it was a great result for us."

Grayson certainly did make all the right decisions at half time, substituting the disappointing - that's being kind! - Adrian Forbes and replacing him with Chris Brandon - who came out of the traps like he had a firework up his backside!!

"I felt we had to do something about it at half-time because they were doing too well against us. So I went with Chris Brandon as a wing-back, with Wes more into the game behind our front two. First half we probably went a little bit too long. They are a big, strong team and we played straight into their hands playing that way. So we wanted to get the ball down and get Wes into little pockets and Brandon the same - get into areas and hurt people. And that's what they did - both contributing brilliantly in the second half."

Few in the ground could have expected - never mind hoped - for 3 goals in 12 minutes during the second half of the game, but that's exactly what happened, sending the Tangerine faithful - in full colour thanks to the fantastic weather - into raptures, singing and dancing so much that the celebrations could be heard back in Layton!

"It was obviously great to get three goals in 12 minutes but, after the first half performance I didn't see it coming. There weren't harsh words at half-time. We had to be constructive and give them the belief. I told them we were a good team and that we can be a lot better. I told them to get the ball down and play and that the chances would come. All they had to do is believe in themselves that they could win this game."

It's always good to see that a manager doesn't blow his top and give his players the hair drier treatment and lets face it, his words worked wonders as the side came out of the traps - as is a habit with 'Pool this season - raring to go in the second half. It is also good to note that the players didn't let their heads go down, picked themselves up and actually believed they could win the game - the stuff Champions are made of? We may very well see on 27th May this year!

"Goals do change games and the first goal is very important. Prior to this game we'd only won once this season when we'd gone behind. So to come back from a goal down and turn it around shows the character and desire to succeed of these lads."

Once again, desire is the driving force behind a successful team - and Simon Grayson has built this team in less than a year lets not forget. Should Blackpool make it to Wembley - who would bet against them on recent form?? - then it is this character and desire to win that could make the difference between reaching The Championship and staying in League One for another season.

As the song by Wishbone Ash goes, "Wings of desire will carry us to where we want to be.". Apply that to the 'Pool...and they really could be soaring out of the division after so many years of disappointment.




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: Jerry Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday April 18 2007

Time: 4:29PM

 

Have Your Say

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

Recent Articles

Meet the Referee v Burnley (Thursday April 17 2014)

Leeds Review (Thursday April 17 2014)

Fans display their anger (Thursday April 10 2014)

Relegation Battle Looms (Monday April 7 2014)

Stats: Blackpool v Yeovil (Sunday April 6 2014)

All Square at Loftus Road (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Battling pool earn Priceless Point (Wednesday April 2 2014)

Full time: Blackpool 1-0 Huddersfield (Saturday March 22 2014)

Archived 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 1 279
2. Poole-Pool 170
3. SaskPool 162
4. SeasideEssexXile 161
5. Bear1951 154
6. Albert Ramsbottom 134
7. UAE Seasider 82
8. BobHatton 73
9. nodrogaty 58
10. 53CODGER 53

League Results (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
18. Birmingham 42 11 10 21 -11 43
19. Doncaster 43 11 10 22 -28 43
20. Millwall 43 10 13 20 -29 43
21. Charlton 42 10 12 20 -24 42
22. Blackpool 43 10 12 21 -27 42
23. Barnsley 43 9 12 22 -29 39
24. Yeovil 43 8 13 22 -25 37

Breaking League News

One to Watch - Daniel Tözsér
» Q.P.R. : 20/04/2014 20:32:00
LUFC Leeds Loan Watch - April 13th - 19th
» Leeds Utd : 20/04/2014 19:55:00
Vela Stays With Magpies As Foxes Dismiss Davies
» Bolton : 20/04/2014 19:18:00
LUFC Team News: Defender a doubt for McDermott
» Leeds Utd : 20/04/2014 19:12:00
Brighton v Blackpool (Preview)
» Brighton : 20/04/2014 18:05:00
DRFC Millwall v Doncaster Team News
» Doncaster : 20/04/2014 18:00:00
DRFC Who will win crucial clash at Millwall?
» Doncaster : 20/04/2014 18:00:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do you agree with last nights protests?
Suggested By:  
Totally agree 63%
Other ways to show it 37%