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: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood

Following the surprise departure of Colin Calderwood last month, Blackpool appointed former Bradford and Motherwell manager Stuart McCall last week. Our new writer Isaac Selley has reviewed this appointment and the departure of the man who many fans felt was pivotal in last season’s success. The Colin Calderwood-shaped hole has now been filled by StuartContinue reading “Opinion: McCall is the Perfect Man to Replace Calderwood”

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: Ranking the signings under the current board

The proof is in the pudding when it comes to the signings from last summer, which made me consider the impact the new board has had since they were appointed by Simon Sadler. After a chaotic first summer for Sadler where Terry McPhillips was replaced by Simon Grayson and the majority of our signings wereContinue reading “Opinion: Ranking the signings under the current board”

Interview: Neil Critchley: One Year In Charge

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”

Match Preview: Peterborough United

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”

Preview: MK Dons (a)

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)”

Squad Review 2021 – Where do Blackpool need to strengthen this January?

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?”

Preview – Peterborough United vs Blackpool

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”

Review – Eastbourne 0-3 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.

Preview – Eastbourne Borough vs Blackpool

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.

Review – Blackpool 1-0 Wigan

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.

Preview – Blackpool vs Wigan Athletic

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.

Review – Burton Albion 1-2 Blackpool

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.

Preview – Burton Albion vs Blackpool

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.

Opinion: Why Critchley Needs More Time

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”

Review – AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Blackpool

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”

Preview – AFC Wimbledon vs 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.

Review – Blackpool 1-0 MK Dons

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.

Preview – Blackpool vs MK Dons

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.