Five Good, Five Bad – Lincoln (a)

The Seasiders were at it again on the road with a strong first half performance but were undone by some basic errors. To not leave with three points really was painful, after witnessing some fantastic football on show, making another top six side look distinctively average at times. Pre-kick off I’d have taken a draw but in that manner as Critchley will say – feels like a loss.

Five Good

1. Simms’ Strike
Prior to the strike Simms was holding the ball up well again and causing Lincoln all sorts of problems. Further fight and determination was shown by his teammate Embo which allowed for Simms to take over and smash it into the left side of the goal. His finishing has been impressive to say the least and he added another beauty to his portfolio.

2. Midfield Maestros
The football we were promised is coming to real fruition and it’s so so good to watch.
Kenny Dougall gets a lot of the plaudits for his break up play and movement of the ball (he was outstanding again today). But, Ward has been fantastic too and didn’t get a mention from me last week – so here is me giving him his nod. His final ball has improved so much and he has made that centre midfield role his own. This probably for me is his best position currently. Both Dougall and Ward have a real understanding of each others game and in all honesty, I wouldn’t want Stewart to come in and disrupt that at the moment.

3. The Daniel Duo
The centre back pairing have been simply formidable. Their no nonsense style has really benefitted Blackpool, the first goal they weren’t at fault for and were unlucky to concede the second. To have that much quality in one position is so encouraging with back-ups of Husband, JT and Ekpetita when he is fit again.

4. That Second Goal
That second goal was up there. A Blackpool beauty if you will. Sullay Kaikai being the man to cooly finish it off after a great first touch, following the flick from Yates.

5. Jerry’s Link Up Play
On a number of occasions I said “Wow, Jerry”. He really showed what he is about today with his link up play and his assist into Kaikai. He even set his strike partner up for a well blocked shot earlier on in the game. Jerry really is the full package. The only downfall was that the 20-goal striker didn’t add to his already impressive tally to seal the game off when the Seasiders were 2-0 up.


The Bad

1. Maxwell Error
Maxwell was impressive again in his sweeper role, cleaning up on many occasions to relieve the pressure. He did well with a fine reaction save from a real powerful header. But, unfortunately late on he made a hash of a shot/cross which gave Lincoln an open net to blast into.

2. Not finishing the chances
The one time I might agree with Chizzy is that we didn’t finish our many chances. We needed Jerry to finish that chance which was cleared off the line and Embo to hit the target on his effort.

3. Leaving the LNER Stadium with just a point
Yes, I probably would’ve taken a point before the game but… come on. How can we stroll the majority of the game but then become so passive in the final 30 minutes? It always worries me when a manager makes three changes and that is what the experienced Appleton did to bag his team a much needed point.

4. Grettarson’s crossfield passing
Similar to Jordan Thorniley last week the young Icelandic man attempted a few of these diagonal balls that just didn’t quite work out. At least the vocal Jerry let him know on one occasion that he needs to look after the ball better.

5. Chizzy Chat/Poor Referring
The ref didn’t cover himself in glory, with some strange decisions to say the least. But for Chizzy to continue to mention the first minute tackle (that for me was a yellow) for the remaining 90 minutes was simply awful commentating. Give us a break, stop repeating yourself and just commentate on the game that’s happening in the present.

Summary

It’s not the end of the world, as teams below us dropped points too. I think 4 wins from the remaining games should secure us a playoff position. Hopefully, we have learnt a lesson in taking chances today – because if we come up against Lincoln in the playoffs, they might not offer us that many opportunities.

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Published by Dan Hopwood

Life long Blackpool fan, thanks to my older brother for dragging me to Bloomfield Road in days of Colin Hendry! Currently a seaside exile living in London.

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