It`s fair to say that the Tangerines have had their fair share of bad results when live on TV. It`s hard to remember a time when the Seasiders actually won a game when on television; I believe Southampton at home may have been the last TV game in which they sealed victory. (You may want to check up on that statement).
However, yesterday was a fine display of football from Blackpool. The game, shown live on Sky Sports, was one that Blackpool performed well in. The Tangerines perhaps rode their luck at times, particularly towards the end of the game in which Wigan hit the bar twice. For large parts of the match however Blackpool were comfortable. The first half was a clear example of Pool`s control, they kept the ball well and performed admirably. The performance was one which was superb all round.
It was Tom Ince`s first half penalty that gave the home side the lead after new signing Dan Gosling was brought down in the box by Wigan goalkeeper Scott Carson. The penalty was converted well by the winger who notched his 5th goal of the season.
There were not many players that played for Pool yesterday who didn`t impress me. Tom Ince, Neal Bishop, Chris Basham and Ricardo Fuller (for the time he was fit) were especially impressive. Steven Davies also looked very lively when he came on and Matt Gilks looked solid in goal.
The victory also came as an ever sweeter one, as many expected the side to struggle in the absence of manager Paul Ince. However, the boss was still in contact with assistant Alex Rae who took charge on the day. Ince may have had enough influence to motivate the side, but even so credit has to be given to Rae for all he did on the day.
This win comes as a relief to many of us. Even though Blackpool weren`t playing poorly, the 4 draws and a loss before this game were not what Pool fans had been used to. However, this win will hopefully send the Tangerines back to consistently winning games. Pool currently occupy 5th spot, and hopefully they will still being occupying a playoff spot come the end of the season.