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CHAMPIONSHIP | 14.09.2013 | ATT: 9446 | REF: LANGFORD |


Ricardo FULLER

Blackpool 1-0



Bournemouth 1-1



Blackpool 2-1


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This seasons surprise table toppers show the good, the bad and the ugly as the home side struggle to find the killer touch



It’s hard to believe that the Blackpool and Bournemouth would potentially be a top(ish) of the table clash. A win for the visitors would guarantee them top spot for another week, while a win for the Cherries would guarantee a play-off position.

Lewis Grabban, could, or is that should have given the Cherries a very early lead. A perfectly placed cross gave him the perfect opportunity to score. Instead he chose not to test the keeper and put it wide of the post. It wasn’t long before we were treated to the first goal. A long throw evaded pretty much everyone and landed on Fuller’s head who showed Grabban how it should be done. Surely it was only a matter of time before Grabban made amends, its seems he always does. His finish for what should have been his second goal, was a more difficult chance that he stuck away with aplomb. Grabban had another chance and could have easily had a hat-trick within 15 minutes.

The game settled down a little and Blackpool started to demonstrate why they were top pf the league. Tom Ince was demonstrating his obvious skills and his future England candidancy. At one point he danced through the Cherries defence seemingly brushing aside the feeble attempts of the Cherries to stop. He finished off the run with a shot that thankfully hit the post.

It didn’t take long for the home side to demonstrate why they have let in so many goals with Neal Bishop somehow managing to glance a near post header past two defenders and the goalkeeper just three minutes into the second half. The Cherries now had another 42 minutes to get something from the game. The Cherries huffed and puffed but couldn’t blow the Blackpool defence down.

On 59 minutes Fraser drew a foul from Jack Robinson which resulted in a second yellow and an early finish. As a defender it must be really frustrating to get sent off for such an innocuous foul. It was the old classic technique where a player runs across a player knowing he’s going to get clipped and brought down, hopefully getting a free-kick. In this case we got a little more. It was harsh, Robinson made no attempt to tackle Fraser, he was simply tracking him and if anything tried to pull up. If that had been a Cherries player being booked I would have been well pissed off.

Thomas was brought on in place of a subdued Pugh to add a little more firepower. An endless supply of balls into the box were constantly meet by a Blackpool head. We simply couldn’t break down a resolute defence who had a lead to defend. Thomas should have scored but his shot was deflected. Pitman had the ball in the net but was offside. The Cherries simply didn’t have enough to get the goal they probably deserved.

However, if this is the best in the league, we should look forward to the rest of the season with hope. That play-off place is proably not so far away after all.

THE 11: Allsop, Francis, Ward, Cook, Daniels, O’Kane, MacDonald, Pugh, Fraser, Pitman, Grabban
SUBS: Flahavan, Elphick, Harte, McQuoid, Hughes, Thomas (71> Pugh), Cornick

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