April 4, 2020

#156 – Not a virus more


It’s Wednesday the 1st April, in todays show we review Neil Critchleys first two games in charge with the nil-nil draw at Fleetwood and one-two home reverse to Tranmere. We also perform a “keep or dump” review of all the potentially outgoing players at the end of the season, debate and decide the two centre forward berths as we conculde the team for the worst ever eleven and we muse over what we’re all missing about not be able to go to ‘Pool matches cause of this bloody virus. Last match reviews Fleetwood 0 – Blackpool 0  Neil Critchley’s reign as Blackpool manager began with a goalless draw away to Fylde coast neighbours Fleetwood, whose unbeaten run extended to 11 games. Blackpool dominated the first period and Matty Virtue twice went close in the early stages, seeing an effort well saved by Alex Cairns and then driving a shot just off target.  Fleetwood improved after the restart and Paddy Madden headed Lewie Coyle’s smart cross narrowly wide. Fans comments Tony Fretwell17 – Matty VirtueBut of a non event given the hype. Sat in the main stand with Cods I was taken at all the petty nasty comments about Blackpool. Bit embarrassing from them really. On the pitch was promising from us but ultimately no real threat on their goal. But defending seems to have definitely improvedBrian32 – Chris Maxwell.Lee McLeod42 – Taylor MooreA great taste of what’s to come, pressing, chasing down opposition and a general work hard philosophy. 2nd half ran out of steam but it will come. Draw fair result.Sam freedman17 – Matty VirtueReally impressed in the first half on how we controlled the game, virtue stepped up and took the lead in the middle And dictating play . we were toothless up top, delfonso is just NOT A striker. by half time fleetwood saw that we couldn’t score and came back in the second half and a draw was probably a fair result, on a side note happy to see turton left out we looked much better at the back with 3 centre backs.Mark MacKay42 – Taylor MooreAs a recent podcast listener, apologies, I made the point to Tim pre-match that I couldn’t believe neither Andy Welsh nor David Ferguson got mentioned in the worst XI Blackpool 1 – Tranmere 2 Ferrier headed neatly into the corner as he rose to meet Calum Woods’ cross on 37 mins. In added time, James Vaughan side-footed home from 15 yards after meeting Ferrier’s pass. Blackpool halved the deficit just before the hour mark when Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall smashed home from 25 yards. Within a minute it was almost 2-2, but Davies palmed Ronan’s shot from even further out onto the post. Liam Feeney missed two good chances to equalise for Blackpool late on. Fans Comments Tony Fretwell35 – Keiran Dewsbury-HallI’ll be honest, I know there was lots of complaining we lost but the second half was as entertaining and exciting as any part of the season to date. Really bodes well for meLee McLeod35 – Keiran Dewsbury-HallFirst half we allowed ourselves to be bullied by their front two. 2nd half was probably the best half I’ve seen in some time. Our 2 young midfielders are running the show and the quality oozes from Ronan and KDH.Mark Mackay40 – Connor RonanI’m concerned that 4 of our starting XI are loans you’d have to assume will return to their parent clubs on season completion. Elicit debate… Keep or Dump We go through the list of players who are potenitally leaving at the end of the season due to their contracts or loan deals expiring,  Worst ever XI  As we close out this section, we finally decide on the worst eleven Blackpool XI as we pick the worst ever two strikers from our shortlist of ten. Nigel Hawkins Chris Malkin – NS TF MS JATony Diamond – NS MSJames Beattie Richie Bond Michael Chopra – TF JANile Ranger Daniel Bogdanović

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