Analysis: The Curse of the Back Three

Blackpool’s form has tailed off recently, dropping to 17th in the Championship. We’ve analysed our performances over the last few games compared to those in our previous good run and found that the number of defenders is a key issue. A bad run We look like a cursed side at the moment, having played sevenContinue reading “Analysis: The Curse of the Back Three”

Analysis: Cats and Dogs living Harmony? Examining Blackpool’s centre-backs 

This is the third article in a series looking at Blackpool’s set-up across the pitch. The previous pieces looked at how Blackpool replicate the world’s elite by attacking with five players and use an effective “double pivot” in midfield. In this article, we’ll look at Blackpool’s centre-back partnership through the analogy of household pets. AreContinue reading “Analysis: Cats and Dogs living Harmony? Examining Blackpool’s centre-backs “

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: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams

Blackpool are sitting in the Championship relegation zone, are winless in the league and have crashed out of the Carabao Cup. Neil Critchley’s squad has not started 2020/21 as an elite side – although they are playing like it. In their performances this season, the Seasiders have consistently attacked goal with a structure shared byContinue reading “Analysis: “High Five” – how Blackpool attack like the world’s best teams”

Opinion: The Case for Optimism

Blackpool sit just above the relegation zone, having only one point from nine and having lost two consecutive home games. Isaac Selley discusses why the start of the season been so underwhelming and why we should feel positive moving forward. As I stood in the North stand after the final whistle blew on our defeatContinue reading “Opinion: The Case for Optimism”

Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules

Neil Critchley’s experience and connections at the Premier League U-23 level continue to pay-off; securing the services of Arsenal’s Tyreece John-Jules for a season long-loan. The 20-year-old, who spent last season with Doncaster Rovers in League One, has also had a loan spell with Lincoln City. It was with Lincoln where he scored his firstContinue reading “Player Profile: Tyreece John-Jules”

Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler

A week on from our success at Wembley, it still hasn’t sunk in what has happened and that Blackpool FC are in the Championship.. I felt compelled to summarise my thoughts and thank Simon Sadler – and everyone else associated with the club – for what’s happened over the last couple of years, but ofContinue reading “Opinion: A Thank You to Simon Sadler”

Opinion: Play-Off Hopes – Can We Go All The Way?

Having booked our trip to the Kassam Stadium in the semi final of the League One play-offs on Tuesday night, followed by the return fixture on Friday – can the Pool reign victorious in the play-offs once again? I analyse the likelihood of the Tangerines making it to Wembley for a eighth time. With theContinue reading “Opinion: Play-Off Hopes – Can We Go All The Way?”

News: King Kenny’s Australian Dream

Since breaking into the Blackpool side at the end of October, Kenny Dougall has become a clear fan favourite at Bloomfield Road. He notched his first goal recently at Oxford, so how about a call-up for his national team? The bleach blond Australian surely can’t be far off a call up given his performances thisContinue reading “News: King Kenny’s Australian Dream”