Blackpool v Blues preview

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November 26, 2012 by Made In Brum

It seems that this corner Blues are meant to be turning is a huge, long one. And things don’t look to be getting any easier, with a tough to trip to Blackpool to come tomorrow night.

Since the Seasiders beat Blues in last season’s play-off’s, a lot has changed at Bloomfield Road. Ian Holloway departed for Crystal Palace and blamed the owners ‘lack of investment’, and Michael Appleton, who funnily enough was used to working with no money at Pompey, took the hot seat.

Blackpool still look a very good and fluent footballing side, but they also look a tad vulnerable. On Saturday, they came back from two down at home to Watford to earn a point, the equaliser coming in stoppage time. Currently they sit in 14th, just four points ahead of Blues after six wins, six draws and six losses.

Rob Hall was Blues’ brightest spark in the defeat at Derby, even though he only played half an hour. His run’s caused havoc, and eventually won a penalty. His is the sort of directness and unpredictability that the team lacks. He should start in my opinion. Both Chris Burke and Wade Elliott have been poor of late.

Steven Caldwell has been awful recently too, he should sit it out, give Pablo Ibanez a run, but I doubt it.

Blues currently find themselves 19th in the table, and Lee Clark has stressed the importance of ‘being in the top half, ready to pounce at the turn of the year’. Well, the only way that can happen is by winning games. Blues haven’t won back-to-back games so far this season, so the hopeful six points at Blackpool and at home to Middlesboro’ on Friday night, is extremely unlikely.

There are no fresh injury concerns for Clark, who confirmed that Darren Ambrose was ill on Saturday, Paul Caddis has returned to training but isn’t yet ready and Nathan Redmond was…..rested. Rested after 20 minutes of action. Look into that what you will. Either something has gone on between the manager and the player, or Redmond is ridiculously unfit, which I doubt.

One thing I don’t doubt is that Blues will only play well for one half tomorrow. Hopefully, we can give ourselves something to hold on to. How often can Blues keep having these ‘flat’ first halves? This season is dangerously close to being a ‘nothing season’ unless we see a few wins soon.

Oh well, what will be, will be.

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