Sheffield United vs Blackpool
Neil McDonald suffered his 3rd league defeat as Blackpool boss after seeing his side lose 2-0 to promotion favourites Sheffield United.
Pool now sit bottom of the league after 4 games, having picked up only 1 point from the first game away at Colchester.
The Seasiders were set up defensively in a 4-5-1 and managed to put in a solid display, keeping the home side out for the entire first half. Pool had a couple of chances in the first half, David Ferguson tried his luck from 30 yards but his effort sailed just wide and Clark Robertson had a header which ended up straight in the hands of the keeper. Sheffield United also had some good chances towards the end of the half, Conor Sammon drilled an effort at goal only for Tom Aldred to put in a defensive block which denied the goal. At half time it was still 0-0.
Although the Tangerines started the half well, with David Ferguson rattling the post from a free kick after just a minute, they were unable to replicate their first half solid defensive display. The home side should of been ahead on 56 minutes when Jamal Campbell-Ryce laid the ball across for Sammon who somehow managed to miss from two yards. United finally took the lead on the hour mark when a well worked set piece allowed Billy Sharp time and space to fire past Letheren in the Blackpool goal. McDonald tried to get his side going again by introducing Jack Redshaw for Henry Cameron but Pool conceded another goal on 72 minutes when Marc McNulty was allowed the space to curl an effort past Letheren to seal a deserved win for the Blades.
It was the same story for Pool. They didn't too badly in the first half but never really did enough to win the game and a dreadful second half display meant they deserved to lose.
Blackpool have now gone 22 games in the league without winning a game. These really are terrible times for us supporters who are fed up of seeing a team that isn't performing well week in week out.
It also must be frustrating for the new boss, who despite being confident of completing a couple of deals by Saturday, is still struggling to bring the players he wants into the club, sound familiar?