Neil Critchley became Blackpool manager last March, on the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, swapping the comforts of Liverpool’s academy setup for League One, Blackpool and Squires Gate. It’s clear that there’s been a culture change at the club during that time, as we’ve come out of the pandemic far stronger than we went intoContinue reading “Interview: Neil Critchley: One Year In Charge”
Fresh from Saturday’s excellent victory over Oxford, I preview tonight’s match against Peterborough United, as a win would take us into the play-off places for the first time this season. I must admit, after the drab home draws of late I was slowly beginning to lose hope that we could still make the play-off placesContinue reading “Match Preview: Peterborough United”
Blackpool will be looking to bounce back from two consecutive 1-1 draws and kick start their play-off push as they travel to MK Dons. Fresh from back-to-back 1-1 draws at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool are back on their travels as they make the trip to MK Dons with Neil Critchley’s men looking to reignite their play-offContinue reading “Preview: MK Dons (a)”
With loanees Dan Kemp and Ben Woodburn having departed, and Keshi Anderson seemingly out for the rest of the season, it’s clear to see where Blackpool need to strengthen in the January transfer window. New signing Ellis Simms provides a new option up front and he was joined by free agent Kevin Stewart over theContinue reading “Squad Review 2021 – Where do Blackpool need to strengthen this January?”
The Seasiders will be looking to continue their fine run of successive victories as they head to London Road to face table-toppers Peterborough United. Posh head into the game off the back of a surprising 2-0 defeat away to Crewe Alexandra. Blackpool boss Neil Critchley will be hopeful that his side can put in aContinue reading “Preview – Peterborough United vs Blackpool”
Blackpool put in a comfortable, convincing display to breeze past Eastbourne Borough to book their place in the 2nd round of the FA Cup. The Seasiders weren’t able to take advantage of their chances in the first half, despite a dominant display. However, they pulled ahead of their National League South opponents through a fine double from Gary Madine, before Jerry Yates sealed it to make it three wins a row for the Bloomfield Road side.
Blackpool will be looking to continue their run of consecutive victories as they face non-league side Eastbourne Borough in the FA Cup 1st round. The Seasiders will be away from home at a controversially empty ground after all FA Cup 1st round fixtures were banned from having spectators. Neil Critchley will potentially look to rotate his side ahead of fixtures against Peterborough and Doncaster to come. However, with an EFL trophy fixture in midweek too, he may chose to keep the momentum going and go full strength.
Blackpool achieved successive victories for the first time this season after beating Wigan Athletic 1-0 at Bloomfield Road. Sullay Kaikai was the second half match winner with an instinctive finish in what was a relatively comfortable night for the Seasiders. The Latics came into the game more in the second half as Neil Critchley’s side sat off into a defensive shape, but the Tangerines managed the game well and made it nine points out of a possible twelve in the League.
Blackpool will be looking to build on an impressive 2-1 away victory at Burton as Wigan Athletic come to Bloomfield Road. The Latics sit 21st place in the League One table with a fairly poor start to the season and the Seasiders will be hoping they can get their first successive victories of the season.
Blackpool finally ended a run of 22 away games without victory by defeating Burton Albion 2-1 at Pirelli Stadium. Jerry Yates opened the scoring with a smart finish into the bottom right corner of Kieran O’Hara’s net, before a Daniel Gretarsson debut own goal levelled proceedings. After a foul on Marvin Ekpiteta, Jerry Yates dispatched a penalty calmly to secure the three points for Neil Critchley’s side.
Blackpool will look to build on a resilient performance against AFC Wimbledon without two key man as they face Burton Albion at Pirelli Stadium. The Seasiders go into the game in 18th place in the League One table, whilst the Brewers sit bottom of the division. Bolstered by a new addition to the coaching staff in the form of Colin Calderwood, Neil Critchley will be hoping to come away victorious in what is a big game for his side.
Critchley in or Critchley out? After nine league games and six defeats, momentum is gathering with calls for the manager to be sacked after yet another lacklustre display and no sign of things improving quickly. But does a new manager solve the problem, or simply add to the issues Simon Sadler has taken on inContinue reading “Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time”
Blackpool‘s poor run of form continued as AFC Wimbledon defeated the Seasiders 1-0 at Loftus Road. We ended the evening on 9 men for a large portion of the game as Ethan Robson was sent for an early bath in the first half, before a bizarre Daniel Ballard left us with an almost impossible taskContinue reading “Review – AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Blackpool”
Blackpool will be looking to get back to back victories for the first time this season as they face AFC Wimbledon who are a place above them in the table. Neil Critchley’s side were able to end their winless streak against MK Dons on Saturday and, with a much more solid defensive display under their belts, they will hoping this feeds confidence going into the tie at QPR’s stadium whilst Plough Lane is under development.
Blackpool picked up a much needed victory at home to MK Dons with Sullay Kaikai the 66th minute match winner. Whilst the Seasiders put in a display that left a lot to be desired, a solid defensive display and one moment of quality was enough to put a lacklustre Dons side to the sword.
Blackpool will be looking to build on two improved performances against Crewe and Charlton respectively on Saturday against MK Dons. The Seasiders have won only one of their League One games this season and Neil Critchley will be hoping that a win at Bloomfield Road will be seen as a catalyst to a turnover in the season.
Given our recent run of form, we were crying out for a little bit of positivity and it duly came earlier this week as Matty Virtue signed a 12-month extension to his deal which was due to expire next summer. Virtue has been a real miss for us in midfield so far this season andContinue reading “Opinion: Patience is a Virtue”
Blackpool’s miserable start to the season continued after a narrow 1-0 defeat at home to Charlton. The Seasiders showed promising signs again following on from an impressive performance at Crewe, even with ten men following a 52 second red card from the increasingly unreliable James Husband. Yet, with just seven minutes of normal time remaining, substitute Chuks Aneke fired past Chris Maxwell to leave the Tangerines second bottom of the League One table.
Neil Critchley’s Blackpool side will hope to pick up their first win in five games as they play host to Lee Bowyer’s Charlton Athletic. The Addicks come to Bloomfield Road sitting 15th in the League One table and will be hoping to pick up their first away win of the season. The Seasiders will be bolstered by the arrival of deadline day additions Ben Woodburn and Kenny Dougall, with Daniel Ballard and Daniel Gretarsson still to make appearances for the club.
Blackpool got a point away to stop the rot of several defeats in a row. That wasn’t the only positive though.