Blackpool host AFC Bournemouth tomorrow at Bloomfield Road. Blackpool are looking to get back on track after a poor run of results has dropped them from being promotion candidates to Relegation candidates.
Here Bournemouth Vital give us their view on the game this weekend at Bloomfield Road.
How has your season panned out to your expectations so far?
Consolidation in this league was always the main priority following promotion last season. I always thought we would have enough to stay up, but what has been pleasing has been our performances throughout the season and watching us develop and improve as the season progresses.
The jump in quality from League One to the Championship was very evident early on after we had conceded 11 goals in two away games. But despite our defensive frailties, we have always looked a threat against even the very best sides in this division. We just haven’t had the clinical edge to either keep clean sheets to steal points, or score the goals that our creation in possession has deserved. But that will come and I’d say we’ve already exceeded expectations to a certain extent by competing with teams with far greater budgets than our own.
Do you have any injury and suspensions?
We currently have first choice left back Charlie Daniels out injured, so expect to see former Blackpool defender Ian Harte make a return to Bloomfield Road.
Centre back Elliott Ward is also out injured, so Steve Cook and Tommy Elphick will continue their centre back partnership. Eunan O’Kane has recently come back from injury.
Where do you see Blackpool finishing this season?
At the very start of the season I unfortunately tipped Blackpool for the drop, due in part to having Paul Ince as manager and the way the team had been thrown together over the course of the summer. That prediction looked pretty foolish by September! But unfortunately I think the structure in place at Blackpool has now caught up with you.
I’m not sure Barry Ferguson is the right man to turn it around either, so there needs to be some form of change. Even if it is an experienced assistant to come in alongside him.
I hope you turn it around and stay up, just please start the revival after Saturday.
Where do you think you will finish this season?
Somewhere in the middle third of the division, nice mid-table mediocrity without the fear of relegation going into the end of April.
What would be your prediction for the game?
With Blackpool’s form, I think the Cherries can take all the points.
Who is your Danger Man?
After scoring a hat-trick on his full debut on Saturday against Doncaster Rovers, I think we’ll have to go with the Frenchman Yann Kermorgant.