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“Battling Blackpool cling on for point” Sky report

Shiggy

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This sky sports news report getting a lot of stick on Twitter. Says WBA dominated proceedings which I don’t think is true.
 

Lytham_fy8

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I saw that yesterday, the highlights were' subjective' as well.

It was 'clung on for precious point' bit that was bizarre. We're six whole points behind them in third and 12 points above the bottom three.

Knobheads.
 

BFC_BFC_BFC

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I turned to my mate around the 85-90 minute mark and said, I've rarely felt as comfortable that we could close out the game and defend comfortably. Yes, we have players who will put their bodies on the line to prevent a goal, but we also defend well as a unit and with skill and guile (a great example with Ekpiteta in the latter stages shepherding a play away from the box, before making a decisive challenge).

Yes, we're working our arses off to compete and yes we have players who are sharper, fitter and more up for it than some of their opposition counterparts, but that's what football is about.....

In terms of chances, we spurned the better chances on the night.... Their keeper was forced to pull off a couple of worldy blocks to keep us out... CJ Hamilton missed an absolute sitter, which barely got a mention and Madine should have done better.... By comparison they relied on head tennis and longer range efforts... with Sky fawning over any ball they put into the 6 yard box (despite the ease with which we dealt with them)...

Just Fuck Off you Boring Wankers - "Plucky Little Blackpool" Blah Blah Blah🖕
 

straightatthewall

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I've only seen the highlights, so impossible to make a fair comment. What I would say - similar to Biffy - is that the big chances were ours. I don't recall a West Brom player missing a sitter (like CJ) or Grimshaw making a worldy save (like John Stones).
 

20togo

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I've only seen the highlights, so impossible to make a fair comment. What I would say - similar to Biffy - is that the big chances were ours. I don't recall a West Brom player missing a sitter (like CJ) or Grimshaw making a worldy save (like John Stones).
yep, we had the two clear chances but Grant missed a sitter when he knocked it wide from a couple of yards out at the near post.
 

20togo

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Yep. Forgot that one. Not that i have a strong view either way of whether the report is 'fair' or not. The only things that matter are the performance and the result.
tbh, reports like that don't bother me. I tend to think that reports are generally written more with the bigger team in mind. I think Devonshires post before yours is a good summary.
 

20togo

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Although the keeper was down at that post. Would have been a good effort to force it home.
the keeper was at that end but he'd have never have got down in time to save it. It was a bad miss and just as easy if not easier chance than CJ's who at least had to spin round. There again, having just watched it back before my first comment, you're right in that Grimshaw was anticipating it.
 

Wizaard

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the keeper was at that end but he'd have never have got down in time to save it. It was a bad miss and just as easy if not easier chance than CJ's who at least had to spin round.
He was already on his knees. I think he would have blocked it unless the player opened his foot and put it across himself.
 

tangerine_neil

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Clear cut chances I think we had the slight edge over WBA. Total chances including a whole lot skied over the bar they were double our figures.
One stat of particular note was the number of blocks (12) we got in. Defended like warriors. 👍
 

BFC_BFC_BFC

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He was already on his knees. I think he would have blocked it unless the player opened his foot and put it across himself.
I couldn’t believe that the commentator made so much of that chance and next ti nothing of the CJ one TBH…

Grimshaw was in position… It was a half chance
 

Shiggy

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Let’s be honest, we created the best chance or 2 of the game, and had other spells when we controlled the game. However, for me they did dominate most of the game, had most half chances and towards the end I was willing the referee to bring an end to the game so we could walk away with a point. Sky report is maybe a bit harsh but not completely out of order.
No doubt I was relieved to get a point after soaking up phases of heavy pressure, but I disagree that they dominated.

It was a game with fantastic intensity which both teams equally contributed to. As you say, we had two great chances, and they had plenty of their own.

My main issue with the report is that it frames us as fortunate to come away with a point, and is clearly written with a condescending approach similar to what we have heard week after week from opposition fans; this ‘little old Blackpool’ narrative continues to be way off the mark, as we’ve shown more than enough that proves we can compete at this level.

I envy those who aren’t phased by it. I wasn’t at the start of the season because it was clear to see why there were assumptions made about us being relegation favourites and pushovers at this level.

However, those assumptions have been completely invalidated as we approach the half-way point of the season, yet team after team, pundit after pundit, supporter after supporter continue to underestimate us.

WBA played well on Tuesday and could’ve won, but I wouldn’t say they dominated.

However, based on the reaction of their supporters at the final whistle and this poorly written report you’d think we’d pulled off a miracle.
 

fcblackpool

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The Mail and Times had the same freelance doing it, same words, but more in the Times. So obvious his brief was from a WBA pov and to throw some tokenism in there for us.
 

Costero Poderoso

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A much improved WBA from previous weeks went to newly promoted Blackpool and despite playing in a manner much improved from their last premiership campaign the baggies were unable to break down a resolute and organised Blackpool side who on the night might have had the most clear cut opportunities to break the deadlock. Baggies keeper was forced into several last gasp saves, whilst the young Blackpool keeper was largely untroubled despite west Brom having more shots on the night. The highly rated WBA strike force were largely kept at bay by a solid tangerine defence, and the few times it was breached there were tangerine shirts battling to block it. All in all both teams could feel happy with the draw.
Should read more like this,
 

JJpool

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We got battered, it was so bad that I wrote to the efl to give the point to West Brom and apologise for the rudeness of not letting them score.

I wonder if Luton for eg get talked down about given they have a stadium of only 10k.... we have many more home fans than their entire stadium holds....
 

bleach51

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Sky really aren't a TV company though, they're a gambling advertising delivery system.

Still, if people are still willing to hand over £100 quid a month for the advertising platform they'll just keep doing it
Won’t have Sky, never have and never will.......tossers full stop....and Lytham sums it up well.
 

Shiggy

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Cos I'm making a point, that people get offended too easily by something they perceive to be a slight on us, written on a Sky webpage which is a commercial venture and seeking to pander to the people it wants to pander to. Just take no notice.
I fully understand what you mean, i think our fanbase can be hyper sensitive at times, especially on Twitter. Usually it doesn’t get to me.

But as I explained in my post, it’s not just this article that has wound me up, it’s been building up all season.

I also said I envy those who aren’t bothered by it. Unfortunately there’s only so much ‘teams like Blackpool’ narrative I can take
 

voyeur

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I fully understand what you mean, i think our fanbase can be hyper sensitive at times, especially on Twitter. Usually it doesn’t get to me.

But as I explained in my post, it’s not just this article that has wound me up, it’s been building up all season.

I also said I envy those who aren’t bothered by it. Unfortunately there’s only so much ‘teams like Blackpool’ narrative I can take
I think the only thing that matters is what we are experiencing. The club is doing well and everyone is pulling in the same direction and matches now are a great experience, and there's no backdrop of owner shenanigans spoiling it. Why let a Sky article spoil it? It really doesn't matter who writes what, or who ignores us. And actually there is plenty of positive stuff being written and spoken about us too. Does external recognition matter though? It's probably sweeter when we prove people wrong. And it's harder to keep succeeding when everyone expects you to. There will always be a range of stuff and written and spoken, from different perspectives. Not all perpetrators seek to be impartial, commercial operators among them. Chill. 😉
 

BFC_BFC_BFC

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Another way to look at this, is that it does kind of work to our advantage in more ways than one...

It will serve to solidify our players and fans and create that kind of siege (us against the world) mentality.

It also means that we maybe don't get taken quite as seriously by our opponents (particularly opposition supporters, who then get furstrated when they can't sweep us aside).

The longer we can remain under the radar the better really.... It's not like we haven't been here before👍
 

Bleed Tangerine Blood

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Worth watching the game on ttv again.
We definitely didn’t get battered.
Possession WBA 52 Pool 48.
They had more shots but only 3 on target and Grimshaw did well when req.
We deffo had the best chances in the match.
A couple of goal mouth scrambles that they cleared in the first half and finishing with two great efforts from Madine and Keshi on half time.
Second half Madine had 3,a shot on the turn blocked,an attempt at a diving header and a cross where he got up and won the header but couldn’t direct it.
Then we had CJ’s.
It was a very entertaining 0-0 and probably the best 0-0 for a long while.
We played as well as we did in the QPR game.UTMP
 
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