Blackpool Beaten but safe
Blackpool survived Championship relegation even though the Seasiders crashed to a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Charlton Athletic on the last day of the season.
Due to the magnificent win to Wigan Athletic the week before, Blackpool knew that they only needed a point to beat the drop going into the crucial grudge match against Charlton. Interim manager Barry Ferguson opted to choose the same team that produced that incredible result the week before hoping that they could repeat the result.
The Tangerines started the game very well creating some good chances but there was no end product. The Seasiders nearly produced the opening goal when Pool midfielder Isaiah Osbourne made a blistering run through the middle of the park, Osbourne then crossed to Chris Basham but his header could not beat Addicks goalkepper Ben Hamer. Blackpool could not create any more real goal scoring opportunities as the referee signaled the end to the first half. A good half for Barry Ferguson`s men.
In the opening few minutes in the second half Stephen Dobbie played a neat 'one- two` with Chris Basham, Dobbie was through on goal but his shot went agonizingly wide. The Scot should of scored. The Seasiders were made to pay for their missed chances as Charlton took the lead. A great ball from the Charlton midfielder saw Addicks Winger Callum Harriott one on one with Matt Gilks, the winger made no mistake as he rolled the ball past the helpless keeper.
The Seasiders almost found the equalizer as Andy Keogh laid the ball to Neal Bishop but his shot deflected just inches over the bar.
Fantastic defending from Charlton Athletic who were determined to put more misery on Blackpool. Harriott then doubled Charlton`s lead as he smashed the ball into the back of the net after some neat play by Jonathan Obika. The game was then put to bed as Harriott completed his first ever hat-trick, he cut inside on the right hand side before finding the near post from 20 yards out.
The goal saw the majority of Pool fans leave the stadium in disgust after what has been a disastrous season for the Tangerines. The game finished 3-0 as the referee blew the final whistle. Luckily for Blackpool, Birmigham drew and Doncaster lost which meant the Seasiders stayed up by the skin of their teeth. Doncaster Rovers were the unfortunate team who were relegated staright back down to League One.
It now seems that Barry Ferguson will not want to be the manager next season and with only 4 players contracted for next season, the club is in desperate need of Karl Oyston to spend some money on players and a new experienced manager. The club managed to escape relegation this year but if nothing drastic changes then next season will be just as bad for Blackpool.