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Can Blues Make Blackpool Rock? Blackpool Preview

Today sees a return to Championship action with the visit of Paul Ince’s high-flying Blackpool side to St Andrews.


The Seasiders lie fourth in the Championship table after fifteen games, having lost just two games in the league all season. That being said, they have only won two games of their last six, having drawn three and losing to Ipswich immediately before the international break.

Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne have both returned to fitness and Matt Gilks should be fit again after coming home early from international duty but Jack Robinson will miss out through injury and former Blues midfielder Barry Ferguson is a doubt.


Blues have two new signings in the squad with Dariusz Dudka now being up to match fitness and he could join new loan signing Aaron McLean on the bench. Wade Elliott with miss the final match of his suspension and Kyle Bartley will join him on the sidelines having being sent off for overcelebrating his second goal against Huddersfield.

Blues look a little stretched in defence with David Murphy out for a long period; it may see a recall for Hayden Mullins on the bench to cover the centre back position with only Dan Burn and Paul Robinson available. Lee Novak, Jesse Lingard and Chris Burke should continue to support Nikola Zigic in attack.

Whilst Blackpool are flying high in the table their results of late are indifferent and this would be a good game for Blues to shake off their recent home results malaise. If the front four can operate with the same vigour, energy and creativity as they did against Huddersfield we have a chance; Dan Burn will need to be back up to speed at the back and not commit some of the cardinal errors that saw him dropped before the break.

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19 Responses to “Can Blues Make Blackpool Rock? Blackpool Preview”

  • mark says:

    I thought duka might get thrown into the flay this afternoon to a play a more defensive midfield role protecting the back three ?

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I think that could be a possibility mark. Lee Clark might believe that Callum Reilly could do with the rest, having had a busy week with playing and travelling. I’m interested to see what Dudka can bring to the team.

  • mike b says:

    hi all….not a lot of comment today????
    with the weather as it is lets hope for a exciting end to end game with loads of goals !!!!!!!!please
    must remember to take gloves……

  • mark says:

    I would go with attacking blackpool with 3-1-3-3

  • Chris W says:

    I agree with Dan being on the ball today, we need to snuff out young Ince as he seems to be their play maker and main threat.
    Pity we had to have the International break as we could have built on the Huddersfield win. It did give us a chance to get Burke and Dudka fit and up to speed.
    I have not had much luck with forecasts though I did get the win correct at Huddersfield and feel we can get something from Blackpool and go for 2-1 Blues win.

  • BigmanSteve0 says:

    We’ll done to the lads it was a cracking point & not a tonking after all!
    Kro sotv

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Going on the first 35 minutes, I thought we were going to pee all over them. But, it’s often the way, that when we’re totally dominating a game, if we don’t score in that period, we switch off and end up conceding. We just need that killer instinct, to kill the opposition off when we’re on top.

    But, Blackpool were 4th and have only lost twice this season… and, that’s another top team we’ve matched and nearly bettered.

    • Mario says:

      Is this the worst second tier in world football? What a low standard of long ball rubbish I am hating this season and all our rubbish loan players what a pathetic club we have become. And blackpool are terrible and 4th in the table???????

    • Chris W says:

      If only we could string a couple of passes together, we might get somewhere.
      Novak said, “We were unlucky to give the ball away, it is something we need to work on in training”.
      I call it bad passing and a basic part of the game, man in blue shirt with ball, passes to unmarked man in Blue shirt without ball, seems simple to me.

      The first half we played well and deserved our lead but, as was to be our downfall, we gave the ball away to easily and caught on the break, though I feel there was a shout for offside, I was directly in line with play, unlike the linesman, who was rarely up with play for most of the match.

      There were plenty of positives, but it is the basics we need to get right.
      A point against one of the top teams is something to draw on. It was more two points lost at home than a point gained, we almost lost it in the closing stages but for a brilliant goal line clearance by Burn, who had a fairly good game but does not enthuse confidence, especially when he lets the ball bounce. Mclean and Dudka both showed some promising touches, both having chances that could have won the game for us along with Gray who was unlucky too.
      Not sure what to say about Ziggy, he seemed at another game today and looked disinterested for the best part, he moans a lot but then sticks out a leg that players always fall over and he loses interest, I admit he doesn’t get much off the referees, unlike Crouch, who seems to get everything.

      I will probably get slated but for me Novak should tell LC he is not fit to wear the shirt and is never a striker in this world, another shambolic performance from him.
      The referee was very poor in my book, along with the linesman.

      Roll on Barnsley; we seem to play better and with more unity and composure when away from St Ans….

      • chas says:

        What a report..Complete dogs dinner.:-) You must be a joy to sit next to at a Match.

        • Chris W says:

          I take it Chas you enjoyed the game yesterday then, we kept possession, especially in the second half and split their defence with slide rule accuracy.
          I was commenting on Novak’s interview on WM after the game, and yes I do think he is an embarrassment to wear a Blues shirt.
          I travel Home and Away and watched my first game in 1961 so feel I am entitled to my opinion and Barnsley is actually closer to where I live than St Andrews, a home game is a round journey of 100+ miles.
          Can you come up with an reason to why we play better when we are away?

          • almajir says:

            Sorry mate, but if you can’t see what Zigic brings to the team you’re not watching closely enough. We were awful up front without him – we had no focal point.

          • Chris W says:

            I’m not saying He don’t bring anything, he just doesn’t use his height and strength in the box, maybe I am old fashioned and still like the Latchfords, Pickerings and Hatelys of the game, the game has changed and when he was playing in Spain the ball was played on the ground, we try to use him as a target man, when he does win the ball we have no one to feed off him.

  • Poppa999 says:

    I must have been at a different game. I thought Ziggy did ok. I’m a bit tired of Dingle Paul Franks criticising him all the time. Lost count of the number if times Reilly gave the ball away.

    • Chris W says:

      For a £60k+ per week striker I would rather have Jerome “Can’t hit a barn door from 5 paces” back…. He doesn’t do anything in the box, when the ball comes across he either walks away or doesn’t attempt to attack the ball as a big target man should.
      Reilly had an off day, maybe took too much out travelling and playing in mid week, but Dudka looks as though he might be half decent.

  • mike b says:

    hi all….not a bad match…reiilly had a bad one ,seems to loose concentration…
    burke,put only one good cross in all match…and you all moan about zigic!!!…why cant we play …all guns blazing like the last 15 mins…..from the start???

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