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Told You It Had Goals – the Blackpool review

Here are my reflections on today’s match against Blackpool FC at St Andrews.

1) Best Blues Performance for some time

When a team turns up at St Andrews intent on attacking, that is allergic to attacking and tries to pass their way out of trouble every time, unless they have the talents of someone like David Silva or Dimitar Berbatov at their disposal they are going to be in trouble. Such as it was for Blackpool today – whilst Blues started slowly and gradually improved, there was never any doubt in my mind that Blues were going to win this game. Nine corners, twenty-seven shots on goal and three goals point to a team that fair ripped apart its opponents. It really could have been equalling the seven we got against the Tangerines back in 1994.

2) Keith Fahey and Guirane N’Daw

It’s really hard to single out players in a good team performance, but I do want to give mention to our midfield two. I think they’ve really blossomed as a partnership, and I think N’Daws awesome defensive qualities – he was like a mobile brick wall in the middle at times – have allowed Fahey to get forwards more and to show his range of passing and creative vision. It seems to me Keith’s confidence is growing – some of the through-passes and dinked passes were of a class above the Championship and the consequence is Blues looked threatening every time they advanced. N’Daw can pass a ball too; he’s not just a destroyer but he clearly has a footballing brain and I sincerely hope we can extend his loan until the end of the season.

3) Curtis Davies and Steven Caldwell

It seems strange in such a good attacking performance that I would talk about the performance of our two centre backs but their sterling performance merits a special mention. I thought they had the Blackpool forward line in their back pockets, and then when we had corners Davies seemed to win every header. I must confess, I didn’t see the goal (something to do with my nipper wanting a hot dog), but I’m reliably informed by Jeff the Cloth who sits behind me (and the bloke who sits next to me whose name I can’t remember) that Davies basically scored the perfect corner header – down, out of reach of the keeper and with pace.

4) The Nathan Redmond Cameo

When it’s been bandied about in the press that Man City want you for £6mil, and that your club want double that, I can imagine it’s hard to deal with as a teenager who is just starting on their path of being a professional footballer. Credit to Hughton, this was the game to bring Nathan on – a tiring defence a man down, who are vulnerable to pace on the flanks. Clearly CH had told Redmond to have a run at them and to scare them – and clearly Nathan took it to heart. In his short cameo Redmond showed why the fans are excited by him; pace, trickery and a scorcher of a goal – his first in the league. Let’s hope there’s more to come from the youngster.

All in all, a great game, and a great end to what has been the most memorable year of my life as a Blues fan. It’s had joys and it’s had sorrows, but it’s never been boring. Let’s hope the new year brings us more of those memories that are what makes it great being a blues fan, and I extend my wishes to you all in hoping you have a very prosperous, very happy, and very enjoyable 2012.

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12 Responses to “Told You It Had Goals – the Blackpool review”

  • Oldbluenose says:

    A thougherly great end of 1st, part of the season,!!. Main thing was the 3, points, [ much needed ], followed by the fact we scored 3, goals,!!. Add to that a clean sheet by the defence, and we can only hope and pray, for the 2nd, half of the season, that we can show that class more often,?. kro,!!!.

  • DoctorD says:

    Come on you Blues!

  • Bluehobba says:

    I thought it was a very good performance all round with some nice football. Davies and Caldwell dominated and Blackpool never really got a sniff. We could have scores 6. I saw the Fergie incident but never saw the elbow.. did anyone else. Any way Happy 2012 everyone and roll on Peterborough on Monday.. KRO

  • jeff says:

    named checked on often partisan..iv arrived.haha.the two lads at the back were solid .today could have been 6or7.don,t want to single people out but the two boys in the middle are becoming a very good pair.im a big fahey fan.the lad is starting to show the huge talent he has.proud of the efforts so far of our team in very trying times.we are blessed to have chris hughton.happy new year everyone.great blogs alm,thanks for this site,you do a top job

  • Bluenosejohn says:

    What a great way to end the year; 2011 certainly lived up to the Club anthem! Best wishes to all Bluenoses in 2012 and let us hope at this time next year Chris Hughton is still in charge- I am happy to go along with the journey with him at the helm. And Almajir many thanks for the blog- certainly more informative than the club has been with what is going on behind the scenes. KRO

  • Scoobay1875 says:

    Great stuff from the lads today, let’s hope we can carry it on and push up the table in 2012 after an incredibly eventful 2011. This is our year! KRO!

  • Jaffa says:

    I know N’daw had a great game,but i want to mention Marlon King.i thought he led the line really well.By far his best game for me.

  • jeff says:

    marlon played very well.they all did to be honest.a good result at pboro is needed now.im confident of getting something

  • daddyblue says:

    Well done Almajir you have made this site top notch, avery happy new year to you and everyone writes on here and all bluenoses everywhere Kro4ever

  • Dirty Bertie says:

    That’ll do wonders for confidence. Now let’s find the key to unlocking those who shut up shop.

    Happy New Year Almajir and all who blog here (even the effin, oxymoron VP)

  • manicmac says:

    it was a great performance from the whole team. Thank god for CH at last a manager who wants us to play football!! Lets hope we can continue in 2012. Happy new year to all bluenoses!!

  • ScudMuffin says:

    it was one big exhibition match for me. never seen such a one sided game. that’s before fergie went off as he was holding them together. must say that holloway will be in a worse state, if you watch the fls interview with him he is a shadow of a man. also nice to see ziggy played as a cf instead of a strikers, same as where he plays in the international team.

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