Yes, it’s a little late… but I was celebrating a stunning performance from a well balanced team, made all the more impressive in front of Oxford’s fans as well as the Sky Sports cameras at the Kassam Stadium.
3-0, but what about three minutes in?
There’s some things in life you can guarantee: death, taxes and a James Husband risky challenge. Lucky it was a yellow and nothing more, and that credit has to go down to both Ollie Turton for tracking back and Bobby Madley – who I thought had a superb game officiating the match.
Turton to the rescue
I thought Ollie had fantastic game too. From preventing a red card in the early minutes, which let’s be honest would have turned the game on its head, to pouncing on theJosh Ruffels’ mistake for the opening goal, meant that this game was much more comfortable for the Seasiders.
Hearing the likes of Jerry’s “woo’s” and the players embracing each other showed how much that early goal meant to The Pool’s players.
They seemed to feed off the energy of the opening goal as just four minutes later, a Kenny Dougall first-time ball was inch perfect in the channel for the constantly-improving Simms. Simms got to the ball well, flicked it over the defender’s head and seamlessly slotted it past the keeper for Blackpool’s sublime second goal. Wow! We’re 2-0 up, away to high scoring Oxford and making it look effortless.
Sustaining the pressure
After dealing with some Oxford pressure and really nullifying their attacks, we do what we do best and break on the counter. It all came down to the desire to win the ball when Stewart won his 50-50 and a set up the fast-paced counter from Simms and Yates. What was to come was something Blackpool fans are all too familiar with and this liquid football we are capable of. Simms gave the ball to Yates who travelled, did a nice piece of skill and played a beautifully weighted ball into Simms, who checked his run and provided a really smart finish for his second goal of the night and his fifth in three games. Opting to taking it in his stride and hit it first time had me thinking he’ll be Premier League standard before we know it. The rate at which he is learning is phenomenal and showed us how valuable his is to this team with a well rounded performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.
Thank you Mr Sadler
On the rare chance, more hope, that Simon Sadler reads this (very optimistic) or that a family member or close friend does, from the bottom of all Blackpool fans hearts – thank you. Two words doesn’t really seem enough for everything he has done does it? But, to feel this way again about Blackpool Football Club and to have such optimism for the future is down to his influence and love for the club too. He’s transformed our club and has us dreaming again, and to be on the up after the rollercoaster 10 years us fans have had, is simply bliss.
Putting three past Oxford is some achievement but I’m more impressed with our strength at the back and keeping them out. Maxi making some serious stops and the defence dealt with what was thrown in their way. One more game left to seal the Wembley dream – I won’t discuss potential opposition until we have it secured. That has to happen Friday night so if you’re going down to Bloomfield road, to see the Blackpool aces – let them know what they’ve missed!
Come on you Pool!
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