My Kingdom For a Pitch?
A Cow Field
Well. Another clean sheet. Another point gained. We held our own against the team currently in second place. Ok, so that's the good sound bites out of the way. Wether having slammed the pitch once again, Michael Appleton felt he best not go all out negative; and so we get the 'happy with a clean sheet' line. Really? When you see a formation line up, it's usually the case, unless you are playing table football, that the players don't actually stay rooted to that actual physical placement. Except today.
A Blackpool team used to be a cliche Heaven for commentators, breathe of fresh air, the entertainers, a roller coaster, the list was endless. So what has happened? No movement, no width, no end product. Is this the same team who were on fire in the early part of the season?
Well, the manager thinks it's the pitch. 'If I could have one transfer in the window, it'd be a new pitch' he said in his post match press conference. The players have said it too. So did the previous manager. Funny the Chairman does not see, to agree. Fair enough to say managers are not business men, nor are fans, that he knows business etc. but likewise does he not accept the wisdom of the experts who all say the pitch is a disgrace? It's a shambles. The team needs a proper surface and qualified staff to maintain it.
And, whilst the pitch contributed to the performance; have we seen the end of rotating positional play, pass and move and scoring goals? Maybe to cynical a report on a New Years Day, so feel free to respond. It just seemed to be flat, stale Lambrini today, not the New Year Champers.