Analysis: Blackpool’s pivotal midfield

This is the second in a series looking at Blackpool’s tactics in all aspects of the game. The previous piece, published in September, looked at how Blackpool replicate the world’s elite by attacking with five players. In this article, we’ll look at Blackpool’s midfield – and how we use a double pivot to get theContinue reading “Analysis: Blackpool’s pivotal midfield”

Analysis: The Tactical Tools that beat Fulham

Fulham came into Bloomfield Road as runaway favourites to win the Championship. They were freshly relegated from the Premier League, had spent more than every other team combined and have a young, exciting manager in Marco Silva. Blackpool, newly-promoted, were yet to win a game and sitting within the relegation zone. But Fulham left withContinue reading “Analysis: The Tactical Tools that beat Fulham”

Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?

With Blackpool’s promotion to the Championship, Neil Critchley and the Seasiders have the unenviable task of trying to keep the club in the second tier among fierce competition. There are no longer four clear laggards in the Championship (just one in Derby County!). Blackpool could play well, transition better than your average promoted side andContinue reading “Analysis: One Step Beyond – What does “good” look like in a new league?”