UK time is: 08:06:23
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Blackpool 4 - Middlesbrough 1

Bloomfield Road

18th Sept, 2012. 20:00

Attendance: 12,748

Blackpool cruise beyond Boro

Thanks to the imperious Tom Ince, the clinical Nathan Delfouneso and the tenacity of a tight midfield unit, Blackpool again swept aside tough-looking opponents at Bloomfield Road.

Middlesbrough, tipped as dark horses for promotion from the Championship this campaign, tried to contain without serious intent when in possession and were picked off almost at will by a home side insistent on finishing this one early.

And if it were not for sloppy defending moments before half-time, Delfouneso's two first-half goals would have been enough of a platform for Blackpool not to have broken sweat after the break. As it was Andre Bikey`s header set up a nervy opening 10 minutes of the second half, re-kicking the likes of Ince and Gary Taylor-Fletcher into gear, with the former capping off another stunning performance with a goal, nicely rounding the goalkeeper for the third.

Late on Elliot Grandin won and then dispatched a penalty - much to the annoyance of Delfouneso, who was denied a hat-trick - to round off a team display to really behold.

The fluidity of passing and movement has been a hallmark of the tangerine success over the last 12 months, but the introduction of added dimensions in midfield and emergence of further talent from wide has seen Ian Holloway transform his side from play-off hopefuls to possible automatic promotion material. It is far too early to say probable, even though the omens are good.

Isaiah Osbourne possesses the type of leggy engine needed in a three-man midfield, someone who is willing to break the shackles and dictate proceedings higher up the pitch. Put bluntly, he is a step up from the departed Keith Southern, with the pair facing off on Monday.

Tiago Gomes has vibrancy that unsettles his opposite numbers while Ince, GTF and whoever leads the line feel that due to the added running between lines - clever movement, put simply - gives them more freedom to take up spaces in which they are relatively unmarkable. Especially at home, it means they can command the game and pin the likes of Tony Mowbray`s Boro back.

It was a fixture they were never going to lose and after six changes, just goes to show what a frightening proposition Holloway has assembled.




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

The journalist

Writer: Editor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 19 2012

Time: 12:01AM

Your Comments

Nice to see the Fonz gettin a few goals. Good luck for promotion this season!!
VILLA 4 LIFE
Interesting write up. Good to see the Fonz score but didn't realise you had Isaiah Osbourne there too. He looked good when he first came through, then lost his way. Good luck to you all.
Gordonsleftboot
Get in there Fonz!
The Fear
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. premier 1 280
2. Poole-Pool 173
3. SaskPool 162
4. SeasideEssexXile 161
5. Bear1951 154
6. Albert Ramsbottom 135
7. UAE Seasider 82
8. BobHatton 79
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

LUFC Can Leeds chop down the trees?
» Leeds Utd : 21/04/2014 08:00:00
Leeds United v Nottingham Forest - History
» Leeds Utd : 21/04/2014 07:37:00
LUFC Williamson in charge of Forest clash
» Leeds Utd : 21/04/2014 07:36:00
LUFC On This Day - April 21st
» Leeds Utd : 21/04/2014 07:11:00
Preview: Owls v Charlton
» Sheff Wed : 20/04/2014 23:58:00
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

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

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