Saturday’s thumping of Scunthorpe United showed exactly the sort of philosophy Blackpool need to adopt for the remainder of the season.
The performance was one of the best Pool fans have seen in a long time and for a moment it could be forgiven to think we were watching the Tangerines of former, better times, until you took a moment to realise a few years ago we did the double over Liverpool.
The 5-0 scoreline cost Scunthorpe boss Mark Robins his job and whilst his team were poor, praise must be given to the creative, attacking style adopted by the Seasiders on the day.
Too often this season Blackpool have been scared to attack and whilst competing in games, have conceded late on as a result of their refusal to push forward and go for a goal.
However Saturday’s game showed exactly what can happen when you do decide to ‘go for it’ and I would hope Neil McDonald adopts this tactic continuously in order to win far more games than they have done.
Games like Port Vale and Doncaster at home are games this squad should be winning, instead they lost both. Whilst by no means one of the best squads in the division, they are certainly capable of not being involved in a relegation scrap.
Another pleasing aspect to see was that 17 of the 18 members of the matchday squad were permanent signings, compared to the horror show of last season. Whilst there is still a host of issues with the ownership at the club, at least a set squad is in place.
There is no use getting carried away however. With two tough games against Walsall and Gillingham up next Pool could well be back in the relegation spots come two weeks time. Let’s just hope lessons have been learned about what can happen when a more ambitious approach is adopted in games and that this can be the turnaround in Pool’s season.