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Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Frosty » Thu Feb 04, 2021 9:12 pm

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Saturday 6th February 2021 – 15:00

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Pre-Match Thoughts - Bluemike



It's Now Or Never....................


With the transfer window having come and gone and with Marcus Evans allowing Paul Lambert to bring in Four new faces on loan I think it is safe to say that those of us with hopes of Lambert's removal from office are going to be somewhat disappointed for the foreseeable future, it would make no sense to oversee a rebuild of the squad for the second half of the campaign and then remove the Manager, add to that having taken a solitary point from games against Peterborough, Sunderland & Crewe and no action following those games you would have to conclude that Evans is happy with where we are right now.

For what it is worth I think the Manager has brought in some decent additions and while we all know little about Troy Parrott I feel the additions of Harrop, Thomas & Matheson are decent given where we are right now and will bring some much needed energy and dare we say it, ability to the squad, if that is they are actually played and not here as bench warmers, Luke Thomas has already seen action and looks like he will be a handful once he has settled in. The one that excites me most at the moment is young Full Back Luke Matheson, up at Rochdale last season everyone was raving about the boy and he was without question the best player on show that evening, there was a lot of talk about him going on to bigger and better things at the time and ultimately it was Wolves who snapped him up, if he is deployed in his favoured Right back spot I think we could have a gem on our hands at this level, I also think seeing Luke Chambers revert to his more orthodox Centre Back slot would be a plus for the team, especially if it gets Woolf back to playing something like he was last season.

The game up at Crewe was definitely better in terms of entertainment and some of what we did was pleasing on the eye but it was the same old issue with Town, how often did we actually look like scoring against another team who have a tendancy to leak goals ? We can talk all day long about our misfiring strikers but where was the assists from the Midfield etc, I didn't see an awful lot created form that department, willing runners they may have been and the work rate can't be questioned but in terms of balls into the box and incisive, defence splitting passes we need much more and this is hopefully where the new boys come into play. Yet again a Town player saw Red with Teddy Bishop the recipient on this occasion, as if we haven't had enough to contend with with injuries we then see the likes of Kayden Jackson and Bishop unavailable to us too.

Having been cheering for Crewe last week in the hope that defeat may just seal the deal in terms of Lambert's time here being up I think that is a waste of time so getting behind the team and Manager is something I feel we all need to buy into over the coming weeks in the vain hope the second half of the season sees a big upturn in fortunes, we have fallen away quite a bit and in truth I think only a Four or Five game winning run will get us back in the race and to be blunt on what we have shown so far we just are not good enough to conjure up that sort of run, however hope springs eternal and we can but prey for a miracle.

Blackpool make the long trip to Suffolk this weekend hoping to avenge a mauling at the hands of Town on their own patch back in October. I think this may be a different game however with the tangerines playing some better stuff of late, some half decent league results and a FA Cup win over WBA shows they are no mugs and must be respected , they are a mere two points behind Town and have won the last Two, plundering Five goals at crisis club Wigan along the way so it won't be easy (as usual), however I actually think Town will finally win again to bag a much needed Three points and hopefully start us off on a winning run which as mentioned is all that can hopefully save our season, 2-1 win for Town. COYB'S




The Opposition – Blackpool FC



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Football had developed in Blackpool by 1877, when Victoria F.C. were founded as a church club with a ground in Caunce Street. This team disbanded a few years later but some of its members are understood to have merged with old boys from St John's School to form a new club called Blackpool St John's. The two factions remained disunited, however, and on 26 July 1887, at a meeting in the Stanley Arms public house, the members resolved to wind up St John's and form a new club to represent the whole town. It was named Blackpool Football Club.

At the conclusion of the following 1888–89 season, Blackpool became founder members of the Lancashire League. In their first season in the competition, the club finished fifth out of the 13 member clubs. They finished as runners-up over the following three seasons (to Bury twice and Liverpool once), before winning the championship themselves on their fourth attempt.

Blackpool's home at that point in time was Raikes Hall (also known as the Royal Palace Gardens), which was part of a large entertainment complex that included a theatre and a boating lake, amongst other attractions. This meant that the club's average attendances were around the 2000 mark, making the club's formative years a financial success.

After struggling to repeat the success of the 1893–94 season, the Blackpool board decided it was time to leave local football behind, so on 13 May 1896 the club became a limited company and applied for entry to the Football League. Their application was successful, and for the club's debut season, 1896–97, they joined the 16-team Second Division. Blackpool's first-ever Football League game took place on 5 September 1896, at Lincoln City, which they lost 3–1 in front of around 1,500 spectators.

For the 1897–98 campaign, the club played their home games at the Athletic Grounds (at the present-day Stanley Park). They remained there for the first seven home games of 1898–99, before returning to Raikes Hall for the remaining 10.

After finishing third-bottom, the club were not re-elected at the end of the 1898–99 season, and spent the 1899–1900 term back in the Lancashire League. They finished third, and after the Football League's annual meeting, on 25 May 1900, were permitted back into Division Two. It was during this season out of the League that Blackpool amalgamated with local rivals South Shore and moved to Bloomfield Road.

During the 10 seasons that followed, Blackpool could finish no higher than 12th place.

The outbreak of war forced the cancellation of League football for four years, during which time regional competitions were introduced. When normality resumed, in 1919–20, Blackpool had appointed their first full-time manager in the form of Bill Norman. Norman guided the club to fourth-placed finishes in his first two league seasons in charge.

The club's form nosedived in the 1921–22 season, with a finishing position of 19th, before bouncing back to a fifth-placed finish the following campaign. Harry Bedford, who had joined the club from Nottingham Forest, was the country's top league scorer, with 32 goals to his name.

Frank Buckley, who replaced Bill Norman after his four years of service. Blackpool finished fourth in Buckley's first season in charge. Buckley guided Blackpool to top-10 finishes in his final two seasons as manager before he left to take the helm at Wolverhampton Wanderers. Buckley's replacement was Sydney Beaumont, who took charge for the 1927–28 season, but he lasted only until the spring after the club finished in 19th position.

Harry Evans was installed as the new Blackpool manager, in an honorary capacity, for the 1928–29 campaign. In his second season, Evans guided Blackpool to the Division Two championship (their only championship to date).Blackpool lasted only three seasons in the First Division. Two third-bottom finishes were followed by a last-placed finish, and the club returned to the Second Division.

The club's relegation prompted the Blackpool board to install a recognised manager, and they opted for Sandy MacFarlane. MacFarlane occupied the Bloomfield Road hot seat for just two seasons, in which the club finished 11th and 4th.

Joe Smith was appointed Blackpool's sixth manager in August 1935, a role in which he remained for the next 23 years. The club finished tenth in Smith's first season. It was Smith's second season in charge, however, that marked the starting point of the success to come. Blackpool finished the 1936–37 season as runners-up in the Second Division and were promoted back to the First Division.

Two seasons of Division One football were played before the Second World War intervened. Blackpool sat atop the table at the time the abandonment occurred. Regional competitions were implemented again between 1939 and 1945. For the 1945–46 season, after the war's conclusion, Blackpool spent one season in the Football League North.

Post-war Blackpool reached the FA Cup Final on three occasions, losing to Manchester United in 1948 and Newcastle United three years later, and winning it in 1953.

For the first and only time in the club's history, four Blackpool players (Johnston, Matthews, Mortensen and debutant Ernie Taylor) represented England in the infamous 6–3 defeat by Hungary at Wembley on 25 November 1953. Of the four, only Matthews would ever represent his country again.

In 1955–56 Blackpool attained their highest-ever finish in the Football League: runners-up to Manchester United, despite losing their final four league games. It was a feat that could not be matched or bettered over the following two seasons, with fourth and seventh-placed finishes, and Smith left Blackpool as the club's most successful and longest-serving manager.

Smith was succeeded, in May 1958, by Ron Suart, the first former Tangerine to return to the club as manager. Mid-table finishes in 1961–62 and 1962–63 (and an appearance in the League Cup semi-finals during the former) were offset by another lowly finish of 18th in 1963–64. Much of the same ensued over the following two seasons, before relegation finally occurred in 1966–67. Blackpool finished bottom of the table, Stuart had resigned four months before the end of the season. His replacement was another former Blackpool player, Stan Mortensen.

Mortensen picked up the pieces for the club's first season back in the Second Division in 30 years, guiding them to a third-placed finish. At the end of the following 1968–69 campaign, the Blackpool board made the decision to sack Mortensen after just over two years in the job. Their decision was met by fans with shock and anger, as Mortensen was as popular a manager as he was a player.

Les Shannon, who spent the majority of his playing career with Blackpool's Lancashire rivals Burnley, was installed as manager for the 1969–70 season. In his first season, he succeeded where Mortensen had failed, by guiding the club back to the top flight as runners-up behind Huddersfield Town. As quickly as Shannon had taken Blackpool up, he saw them return whence they came. The club finished at the foot of the table and were relegated back to Division Two. Before the season's conclusion, Shannon was briefly replaced in a caretaker-manager capacity by Jimmy Meadows, who in turn was permanently replaced by Bob Stokoe. On 12 June 1971, well over a month after the conclusion of the League season, Blackpool won the Anglo-Italian Cup with a 2–1 victory over Bologna in the final.

Blackpool finished amongst the top 10 teams in the Second Division for six consecutive seasons, under three different managers: Stokoe, Harry Potts and Allan Brown. Twice Blackpool narrowly missed promotion to Division One, by two points in 1974 and one point in 1977.

In February 1978, midway through 1977–78, Brown's second season at the helm, Blackpool were seventh in the division. Having just beaten local rivals Blackburn Rovers 5–2, Brown was sacked by chairman Billy Cartmell for personal reasons. The team won only one more game that season, which ended with their relegation to the Division Three for the first time in their history.

Blackpool were relegated with 37 points (the seven teams above them all having 38), and were not to return to the second tier for 29 years.

Bob Stokoe returned for a second stint as manager for the 1978–79 campaign, at the end of which Blackpool finished mid-table. Stokoe resigned during the summer.

Stan Ternent became Blackpool's seventh manager in nine years, only to be replaced in February 1980 by Alan Ball, the popular former Blackpool midfielder who left the club for Everton 14 years earlier. Ball himself only lasted a year in the job, and departed when the club were relegated to the League's basement division. Allan Brown had taken over from Ball in February 1981, and he remained in charge for the following 1981–82 term. Blackpool finished twelfth in their first season in Division Four; however, unable to handle the pressure of the job, Brown resigned during the close season.

Sam Ellis took over from Brown in June 1982, three years after he finished his playing career with Watford. His first season saw Blackpool finish 21st. It was Ellis's third season, however, that brought the success the club had been looking for. Blackpool finished second behind Chesterfield and were back in Division Three. The club managed to finish in the top half of the table for their first three seasons in the Third Division, but slipped to 19th in Ellis's seventh and final season in charge.

On 17 April 1986, the board of directors put the club on the market after councillors rejected plans to sell Bloomfield Road for a supermarket site in a £35 million redevelopment scheme. The club was then sold to Owen Oyston for £1.

For the 1989–90 season, Blackpool appointed Jimmy Mullen as manager. Mullen's reign last only 11 months, however, and he left the club after their relegation back to Division Four. Graham Carr replaced Mullen, but his spell in the manager's seat was even shorter – just four months. He was sacked in November 1990 with Blackpool in 18th place.

Carr's replacement was his assistant, Billy Ayre. Ayre guided the team to a fifth-placed finish and qualification for the play-offs. Blackpool lost to Torquay United in the Wembley final, on penalties after the score was tied 2–2 after regular and extra time.

The following 1991–92 season finished with Blackpool in fourth place, missing out on automatic promotion by one point, which meant another play-offs experience They returned to Wembley, where they faced Scunthorpe United in the final, and were victorious in the penalty shootout and booked their place in the new Division Two.

Blackpool struggled in their first term back in the third tier of English football, Ayre was sacked in the summer of 1994 and was replaced by Sam Allardyce. Allardyce led Blackpool to a mid-table finish in his first season. The 1995–96 season saw Blackpool finish third and claim a place in the play-offs for the third time in six seasons. In the semi-finals, Blackpool travelled to Bradford City and won 2–0. Three days later, they hosted the Yorkshiremen at Bloomfield Road and lost 3–0. Blackpool remained in Division Two, and Allardyce was sacked not long afterwards.

In 1996, owner Oyston was convicted of the rape of a 16-year-old girl. Former Norwich City manager Gary Megson replaced Allardyce, and attained a seventh-placed finish in his only season in charge. Nigel Worthington succeeded Megson in the summer of 1997, and in the Northern Irishman's two full campaigns in the hot seat, Blackpool finished 12th and 14th. Worthington resigned towards the end of the 1999–2000 season, and his seat was filled by the former Liverpool and England midfielder Steve McMahon.

McMahon arrived too late to save the club from relegation to the Third Division (fourth tier) after a 22nd-placed finish in the table. In his first full season in charge, Blackpool were promoted to Division Two by winning the play-offs. The following season the club received its then record outgoing transfer fee; £1.75million from Southampton for Brett Ormerod, eclipsing the £600,000 QPR paid for Trevor Sinclair eight years earlier. They also gained the first of two Football League Trophy wins in 2002 as Blackpool beat Cambridge United 4–1 at the Millennium Stadium. Their second win was in 2004, this time beating Southend United 2–0 again in Cardiff. In the summer following the Trophy win, McMahon resigned, believing he could not take the club any further with the budget he was being offered. Colin Hendry became the new manager, but was replaced by Simon Grayson in November 2005 after an unsuccessful stint which left Blackpool languishing just above the relegation zone of League One (third tier).

In the 2006–07 season Blackpool qualified for the play-offs, and they met Yeovil Town in the final at the new Wembley Stadium, their first appearance at England's national stadium in 15 years. Blackpool won 2–0, a club-record tenth consecutive victory, and were promoted to the Championship in their 100th overall season in the Football League. The promotion marked their return to English football's second tier for the first time in 29 years.

Blackpool finished the 2007–08 season in 19th place, escaping relegation by two points and ensuring their safety in a 1–1 draw with Watford on the final day of the Championship season.
On 23 December 2008, Simon Grayson left the club to join League One club Leeds United after just over three years in charge at Bloomfield Road. Under the guidance of Grayson's assistant, Tony Parkes, in a caretaker manager capacity, Blackpool finished the 2008–09 campaign in 16th place. Parkes left the club on 18 May 2009 after a meeting with chairman Karl Oyston about finances.

On 21 May 2009, Ian Holloway was appointed as manager, signing a one-year contract with the club with an option of a further year. On 31 July it was announced that club president Valeri Belokon was setting up a new transfer fund, into which he was adding a "considerable amount" to invest in new players identified by Holloway.

Blackpool finished the 2009–10 regular season in sixth place in the Championship, their highest finish in the Football League since 1970–71, and claimed a spot in the play-offs. Blackpool defeated Cardiff City 3–2 on 22 May in the Championship play-off final at Wembley Stadium to earn promotion to the Premier League. It was Blackpool's debut appearance in the Premier League in its 18-year existence and their first appearance in English football's top flight in 39 years. Blackpool had now, uniquely, been promoted through all three tiers of the Football League via the play-off system. Furthermore, they won all nine play-off games they were involved in during the 10 seasons between 2001 and 2010. The fixture was dubbed "the richest game in football", because the victorious club would receive a £90 million windfall. It was more than double the £36 million that the winners of the Champions League received.
On 27 January 2011, the Premier League fined Blackpool £25,000 for fielding what they believed to be a weakened team against Aston Villa on 10 November. Ian Holloway, who initially threatened to resign if punishment was dealt, had made 10 changes to the team for the fixture. The club had 14 days to appeal against the decision but chose not to, with Karl Oyston saying that if the punishment was upheld there was a threat of a point deduction and an increase in the fine.

On 22 May 2011, exactly 365 days after their promotion, Blackpool were relegated back to the Championship

On 9 May 2012, Blackpool secured their place in the Championship play-off final in their second consecutive season in the division after beating Birmingham City 3 the semi-finals. They met West Ham United in the final at Wembley on 19 May, losing 2–1, their first play-off final reversal in 21 years.

On 3 November 2012, Ian Holloway decided to leave Blackpool after accepting an offer from fellow Championship club Crystal Palace to be their manager. He was replaced four days later by Michael Appleton, however, after being in charge for just two months, Appleton left for Lancashire neighbours Blackburn Rovers, becoming the shortest-serving manager in Blackpool's history.

On 18 February, after just over a month without an appointment, the club made former England captain Paul Ince their third manager of the campaign. It was under Ince that the club made their best-ever start to a league season. Their victory at Bournemouth on 14 September 2013 gave them 16 points out of a possible 18. The sequence of results was two wins, a draw, and three wins. This was countered by a run of nine defeats in ten games, which resulted in Ince being sacked on 21 January 2014, eleven months into his tenure.

Barry Ferguson was named caretaker manager upon Ince's dismissal. Of Ferguson's twenty league games in charge, Blackpool won just three and finished the 2013–14 season in 20th place. On 11 June 2014, almost five months after Paul Ince's dismissal, the club appointed Belgian José Riga as manager. He was Blackpool's first overseas manager.

Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season Blackpool suffered a major crisis with some 27 players leaving the club; just two weeks before the season started, the club had only eight outfield players and no goalkeeper. Riga was able to assemble a squad in time for Blackpool's first game against Nottingham Forest, but could still only name four substitutes instead of the permitted seven. Blackpool lost the match 2–0.

On 27 October 2014, after fifteen games in charge, Riga was sacked and replaced by Lee Clark.

On 6 April 2015, with six league fixtures remaining, Blackpool were relegated to League One. On 2 May 2015, the final match of the Championship season against Huddersfield Town was abandoned in the 48th minute following an on-pitch protest by hundreds of Blackpool supporters regarding the actions and management style of the directors and owners. The Football League subsequently declared the result the 0–0 scoreline it was at the time of abandonment, which meant Blackpool finished the season with 26 points.

Following the resignation of Lee Clark on 9 May 2015, Blackpool appointed Neil McDonald as manager on 2 June. In May 2016, a second-successive relegation occurred, which put Blackpool in the bottom tier of English professional football for the first time in fifteen years. Less than two weeks later, Neil McDonald was sacked as manager. He was replaced by Gary Bowyer, the club's eighth manager in three-and-a-half years.
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In May 2017, under Bowyer, Blackpool won promotion to League One after beating Exeter City 2–1 at Wembley in the play-off final. The victory meant that Blackpool became the most successful side in English play-off history, winning their fifth final.

On 10 November 2017, Blackpool was put up for sale by the Oyston family. The sale included the club itself and the properties division that owns Bloomfield Road stadium.

On 2 February 2018, Owen Oyston relieved Karl Oyston of his role as chairman and appointed his 32-year-old daughter, Natalie Christopher, in his place, just two weeks after appointing her to the club's board.

Gary Bowyer resigned in August 2018 after two years in charge, after the first game of the season for undisclosed reasons. He was replaced with his assistant Terry McPhillips as caretaker manager. McPhillips was made the permanent manager a month later.

On 13 February 2019, the football club was put into receivership by the High Court, which forced Owen Oyston to pay ex-director Valeri Belokon some of the £25m he was owed. Oyston was removed from the board of the club by the receiver on 25 February 2019. The receiver was tasked with discharging some of Oyston's assets, as well as Blackpool Football Club (Properties) Ltd, which owns the football club. The ruling could have resulted in the club being deducted twelve league points; however, this was eventually ruled against by the EFL on 11 April 2019.

On 13 June 2019, Simon Sadler was announced as the new owner of the club, officially ending the Oystons' 32-year tenure, purchasing a 96.2% stake. Sadler was born and raised in Blackpool and has worked in asset management in Hong Kong since 2007.

McPhillips resigned as Blackpool manager on 5 July 2019, having informed the club's board that he had no long-term desire to be a manager. He was replaced by Simon Grayson, who returned for a second spell in charge. He became the third manager to return to Bloomfield Road, the others being Bob Stokoe (1970–72 & 1978–79) and Allan Brown (1976–78 & 1981–82).

Despite a strong start, a poor run of results followed and Grayson was sacked for a second time on 12 February 2020.

Liverpool U23s manager Neil Critchley was appointed, in (as a first for the club) a head coach capacity, as his replacement on 2 March 2020. After a curtailed regular season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, Blackpool finished the 2019–20 season season in 13th position after standings were amended to reflect a points-per-game ratio.



The Manager – Neil Critchley



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Form Guide



Ipswich Last 5 Matches – currently in 11th place with 36 points



9 Jan Ipswich Town 2 - 3 Swindon Town


16 Jan Burton Albion 0 - 1 Ipswich Town


23 Jan Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Peterborough


26 Jan Ipswich Town 0 - 1 Sunderland


30 Jan Crewe Alex. 1-1 Ipswich Town





Blackpool Last 5 Matches – currently in 15th place with 31 points



29 Dec Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Blackpool


2 Jan Bristol Rovers 2 - 1 Blackpool


16 Jan Hull City 1 - 1 Blackpool


23 Jan Blackpool pp. Accrington


26 Jan Wigan Athletic 0 - 5 Blackpool




Match Referee – John Busby



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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by Tinytown » Fri Feb 05, 2021 7:57 am

When Town were at Blackpool earlier in the season, that was probably the last time i injoyed a Town game on TV/ifollow. Town were very clinical that day and scored some excellent goals. Oh for the same again. :?

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Post by Blue Wilf » Fri Feb 05, 2021 8:56 am

We have had so many false dawns so lets hope this is not another one. I am not sure I could cope! Stupidly, however, hope does spring eternal and I remain positive that we may indeed turn around our season. I agree with Mike's preview that we may as well get behind the team for the rest of the season as Lambert is going nowhere until June at least. Despite not seeing how we will score, I am still going for 2-0 Town! I have indeed, lost the plot...

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Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:37 am

Yep, 5 goals v Wigan helping send them back to where they belong. Division 4. Unfortunately Hull aren’t following the script. But then neither are Ipswich. Forever a top flight club for us 50 & overs.

Draw a Portman Road in this one. Although a win with new guys scoring would be very good indeed and would “ease off” the Lambert out commentary for a few days.
1-1 ....... Parrott squeaking a wee debut goal. Or squawking it, whatever. 🤷‍♂️

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Post by Tinytown » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:24 pm

https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-new ... option-now :shock: Unbelievable you could laugh if it was not so sad. Do you think they finally realised that 433 just does not work?

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by tangfastic » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:48 pm

Tinytown wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:24 pm
https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-new ... option-now :shock: Unbelievable you could laugh if it was not so sad. Do you think they finally realised that 433 just does not work?
Actually I did laugh when I saw that. If we do play 4-4-2 and we lose, I’d expect Lambert to turn around and say ‘ I told you so’.

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Post by Andym » Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:59 pm

Voted for a draw but realistically I expect a 2 - 0 defeat.
Still can't see who will create or score a goal.

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Post by Bluemike » Fri Feb 05, 2021 1:04 pm

Maybe Gill has always thought that Lambert is talking bollocks

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:20 pm

tangfastic wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:48 pm
Tinytown wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 12:24 pm
https://www.twtd.co.uk/ipswich-town-new ... option-now :shock: Unbelievable you could laugh if it was not so sad. Do you think they finally realised that 433 just does not work?
Actually I did laugh when I saw that. If we do play 4-4-2 and we lose, I’d expect Lambert to turn around and say ‘ I told you so’.
Exactly....... and what I was sort of alluding to with this in the Saturday team thread:

Quote; “What’s the worst that can happen? The team are humped? .... and in a presser...... just say, “Well, 🤷‍♂️, I’m man enough to say I was struggling so decided to do it the fans way.”

The best that can happen is things work out and it’s a big win, and THEN, you DON’T admit to listening to the fans??”
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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by number 9 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:24 pm

I think it’s great a different formation is an option now. Surely Lambert has realized by now his inflexibility to make adjustments with tactics has left the team predictable and vulnerable. I feel this game could be a defining point for how the rest of the season goes. I’m guessing there will be a few goals in this one as loan players are added to the team. The problem is I’m not sure which team will get the winning goal. Wouldn’t it be nice if we win for a change?

ITFC 2 v 1 Blackpool

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Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 4:00 pm

number 9 wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:24 pm
I feel this game could be a defining point for how the rest of the season goes.
Yep, 100% thinking the same. With all the additions and fitness of others, this could signify a possible turn in fortunes.

But....... as there will be plenty thinking this....., the blasting “the powers that be” will be getting come 5pm Saturday could be serious.

Voted draw because like many, can’t figure how the players all of a sudden start a scoring culture, but the potential is there to change things tactically with different personnel. It’s there for you to test it all out, Paul. Let’s see a convincing 3 points and toffee apples all round.
Probably a bit risky with the dentists being closed, but fk it, I’ll chance it.

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Post by marko69 » Fri Feb 05, 2021 5:47 pm

Just to reiterate in here........ in case people are like me and sometimes don’t notice the announcements.........
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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by saint jude » Fri Feb 05, 2021 10:28 pm

Their manager looks a lot like Lambert ? Here's an idea, ship Paul Lambert out on the Blackpool team bus for the trip back and hope no-one notices the switch. We can have their one and some will be none the wiser.

Voted for us to win it. It's irrelevant really. A victory here will appease the minority but it's (or will be) too little too late in what's still a relatively early stage of a season. Not sure what the starting XI will represent but you need to go at least two forwards here and a recognized attacking midfield unit. Season is not dead in the water as yet but you're kidding yourself if you really believe we can be part of a play-off opportunity once again.

Town 2 Blackpool 1

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Post by tangfastic » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:16 am

number 9 wrote:
Fri Feb 05, 2021 2:24 pm
I think it’s great a different formation is an option now. Surely Lambert has realized by now his inflexibility to make adjustments with tactics has left the team predictable and vulnerable. I feel this game could be a defining point for how the rest of the season goes. I’m guessing there will be a few goals in this one as loan players are added to the team. The problem is I’m not sure which team will get the winning goal. Wouldn’t it be nice if we win for a change?

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Yes, it’s wonderful that we can officially state that two up front is a viable option now. Jesus, this club doesn’t half make a simple game complicated.

Even though I’ve predicted a draw, I’m getting a sneaky feeling we’ll win this. Not sure why. Maybe because every dog has his day .... and, in Lambert’s case, I think he’ll sneak a victory every now and then to keep in his job for a while.

Bugger it... I’ll jump on 9’s positivity and go for 2-1.

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Post by hallamblue » Sat Feb 06, 2021 10:37 am

There, I’ve done it..... I’ve gone fooooooor a Town Win, as I think we might finally start 2 up front 🤞🤞

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Post by rossi » Sat Feb 06, 2021 12:41 pm

I certainly do not think that we'll start 2 up front as PL is just too stubborn, consequently I just cannot see us scoring so expect us to lose

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Post by patthegimp » Sat Feb 06, 2021 1:21 pm

Going for 3-1 Town. New faces might add the urgency and skill required. COYB. Cider all round

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Post by marko69 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 2:06 pm

patthegimp wrote:
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Good call, Pat

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Post by hallamblue » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:04 pm

Chambers dropped altogether, and looks like 2 up front . Wonder who the captain is ?

Edit : Downes is captain .... really ??
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Post by Andym » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:05 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:04 pm
Chambers dropped altogether, and looks like 2 up front . Wonder who the captain is ?
Flynn Downes

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Post by hallamblue » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:06 pm

What do you think about that ?

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Post by rossi » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:11 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:04 pm
Chambers dropped altogether, and looks like 2 up front . Wonder who the captain is ?

Edit : Downes is captain .... really ??
will be interesting to see how they line up - but I'm guessing 4-2-3-1

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Post by tangfastic » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:14 pm

Ipswich Town: Holy; Matheson, Woolfenden, McGuinness, Kenlock; Downes, Dozzell; Judge, Thomas, Parrott

Subs: Cornell, Chambers, Ward, Harrop, Edwards, Drinan, Norwood

Would never have thought Chambers would be dropped. And both Matteson and Parrott start. Two eighteen year olds.

Is Lambert targeting the Posh game midweek by resting Chambers, Norwood and Edwards? If so, it’s a high-risk strategy.

Still sticking with one up front.

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Post by Kerry Blue » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:16 pm

Very young back 4 surprised Wolfie has kept his place.

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Post by Bluemike » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:20 pm

Madness line up dropping Chambers and keeping Woolfenden in, pleased to see Matheson and parrott start but no Edwards ? Crazy keeping Judge and Sears in too, I did think we would win today, I don't think so now.

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Post by Tinytown » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:21 pm

Would of preferred Harrop over Judge and Norwood over Sears.

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Post by hallamblue » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:30 pm

rossi wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:11 pm
hallamblue wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:04 pm
Chambers dropped altogether, and looks like 2 up front . Wonder who the captain is ?

Edit : Downes is captain .... really ??
will be interesting to see how they line up - but I'm guessing 4-2-3-1

I’m really worried about that defence .....

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Post by patthegimp » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:34 pm

I have a feeling that Judge might just surprise us today.

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Post by number 9 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:35 pm

Tinytown wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:21 pm
Would of preferred Harrop over Judge and Norwood over Sears.
The line up I'm looking at doesn't have Sears in it?

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Re: Ipswich Town vs Blackpool FC Preview & Matchday Thread

Post by number 9 » Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:38 pm

hallamblue wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:30 pm
rossi wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:11 pm
hallamblue wrote:
Sat Feb 06, 2021 3:04 pm
Chambers dropped altogether, and looks like 2 up front . Wonder who the captain is ?

Edit : Downes is captain .... really ??
will be interesting to see how they line up - but I'm guessing 4-2-3-1

I’m really worried about that defence .....
I bet we'll see a lot of surging runs up the pitch from young Matheson...from what I've read about him, it's one of his strengths. It is odd Chambers is out though. I wonder if he picked up a knock?

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