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Wizzerboy

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You neither win a division or get relegated after one game.
If we're still in this position after 10 or 11 matches then I'll start getting worried.
I honestly think that after ten or eleven matches we will be in, at least the top half of the table and genuinely challenging for a playoff spot.
 

Mike_BFC

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For the first time in my lifetime the club is being run right from top to bottom, an impressive back room team of good people assembled by the best owner we could of ever dreamt of only a short time ago. we have invested in a top top coach and exciting talented young players who intent on trying to play total football, it won’t happen overnight but we are not far off, we have taken giants steps forward as a club in the last 12 months. They now deserve 100% support from the fans, sit back, be happy and enjoy the ride, this club is on the up.
I suspect the majority of Pool fans think the same. Great post.
 

Hazi

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I suspect the majority of Pool fans think the same. Great post.
You would hope so, but you do wonder looking at some of the comments on here after the game. The sooner we can all get back to the games the better, no better 12th man than Blackpool fans all singing from the same hymn sheet. UTMP
 

LeedsSeasider

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Madine should have come on.....
Yates wouldnt have scored if he was still playing now....
It was just one of those days for him...
The longer you go without scoring in open play the more anxious you get.....
Yeah, very true... Especially when fans get on his back from minute one.
 

td53

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I have too many questions.

Is our much maligned defence more oven ready than our much vaunted attack?
Does Yates offer more than Hardie?
Will Lubala be an upgrade on Kaikai?
Why is Shaw not deemed good enough for the match day squad when he clearly is?
Why move Robson to left back when Shaw could come on if selected?
Is Ward a luxury player?
Could Sarkic have unpicked the packed defence?
How does Accrington create a team out of nothing?
Is Michael Appleton a good manager/coach?

The midfield/attack is part of why the defence does ok. We keep the ball well, don't turn over possession cheaply and defend from the front.

Yates offers more than Hardie as a team player. As a goal scorer, maybe not but he looked very poor and prone to wander about not influencing the game at all when I've seen him. He's a different player at Plymouth but I can only judge on a few minutes YouTube clips.

Lubala is nowhere near the all round player Kaikai is. He has probably got more application but Kaikai is far more attuned to the team game. It'll depend how Bez adapts to not simply "running and shooting" every single time.

Shaw, not sure, I agree totally.

Ward wasn't a luxury on sat, he's the fit midfielder who fits the space in the team when Virtue has been out and Sarkic is crocked. I think if everyone is fit, I'd play Ward or Keshi, not both. If everything is in the right place, maybe he is.

Maybe Sarkic is the missing link. There was one and it might have been him.

Coleman knows exactly what he wants and is little short of genius in what he does. Critch knows how to coach, for sure, and seems very certain but he's not yet learned what mistakes he's made. Accy have an odd strength in their position, like we had in KO years, in that no player goes there for the luxury, but in that austerity, there's a chance for players who might not otherwise get one and if you get the right characters they thrive.

Appleton. I dunno. I think he'll take a team so far but no further. He's sort of an anti Critch in a way. When he had us, he didn't seem to want to work with what he had (a load of flair and a recent history of great football) and to apply a strict and very organised system and grind it out with hard work. Seems that way everytime I've seen his work since. It'll work sometimes.
 

voyeur

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The midfield/attack is part of why the defence does ok. We keep the ball well, don't turn over possession cheaply and defend from the front.

Yates offers more than Hardie as a team player. As a goal scorer, maybe not but he looked very poor and prone to wander about not influencing the game at all when I've seen him. He's a different player at Plymouth but I can only judge on a few minutes YouTube clips.

Lubala is nowhere near the all round player Kaikai is. He has probably got more application but Kaikai is far more attuned to the team game. It'll depend how Bez adapts to not simply "running and shooting" every single time.

Shaw, not sure, I agree totally.

Ward wasn't a luxury on sat, he's the fit midfielder who fits the space in the team when Virtue has been out and Sarkic is crocked. I think if everyone is fit, I'd play Ward or Keshi, not both. If everything is in the right place, maybe he is.

Maybe Sarkic is the missing link. There was one and it might have been him.

Coleman knows exactly what he wants and is little short of genius in what he does. Critch knows how to coach, for sure, and seems very certain but he's not yet learned what mistakes he's made. Accy have an odd strength in their position, like we had in KO years, in that no player goes there for the luxury, but in that austerity, there's a chance for players who might not otherwise get one and if you get the right characters they thrive.

Appleton. I dunno. I think he'll take a team so far but no further. He's sort of an anti Critch in a way. When he had us, he didn't seem to want to work with what he had (a load of flair and a recent history of great football) and to apply a strict and very organised system and grind it out with hard work. Seems that way everytime I've seen his work since. It'll work sometimes.
Wow thanks for the answers. They are genuine questions, not rhetorical ones.

I think you are right, our possession football protects the defence, which is the plan, I'm sure.

Yates closes down well, really grafts, but somehow he's not getting chances very often at all. I worry about his lack of pace. It's not everything, but speed to the ball would be useful.

Interesting Lubala comments. I've seen so little of him. How do you know this? Seems too soon to judge?

Ward or Keshi. I agree.

Sarkic has ability. I hope NC works out how to use it.

Coleman does seem to possess genius. How does he assess these loan signings?

Appleton. He spooks me out a bit. I can't see him being able to keep a squad happy and sorted for a long time, his personality must be hard to be around for any length of time?!
 

Kip

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Lubala is nowhere near the all round player Kaikai is. He has probably got more application but Kaikai is far more attuned to the team game. It'll depend how Bez adapts to not simply "running and shooting" every single time.

Lubala at the moment looks like someone who is trying to bridge the gap from L2 rather than push the first XI for their places.
 

Kip

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What does that mean? Don't they amount to the same thing?
I just mean that Anderson and others have stepped up from L2 and look the part but Lubala hasn't yet. Unless Critchley has explicitly told Lubala to 'cut inside and barge through everyone' then he's yet to make any sort of impact. If you look at Kemp then he's clearly got a good first touch, positional sense and football brain; he's very small physically but you can see him making the step up sooner than later and pushing someone for their place. Nothing so far from Lubala like that for me. But he's played one and a bit games so lets see.
 

voyeur

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I just mean that Anderson and others have stepped up from L2 and look the part but Lubala hasn't yet. Unless Critchley has explicitly told Lubala to 'cut inside and barge through everyone' then he's yet to make any sort of impact. If you look at Kemp then he's clearly got a good first touch, positional sense and football brain; he's very small physically but you can see him making the step up sooner than later and pushing someone for their place. Nothing so far from Lubala like that for me. But he's played one and a bit games so lets see.
Ok. NC said he's had no preseason. He may be an unsophisticated League Two player. But it's too early to know, really.
 
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td53

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Wow thanks for the answers. They are genuine questions, not rhetorical ones.

I think you are right, our possession football protects the defence, which is the plan, I'm sure.

Yates closes down well, really grafts, but somehow he's not getting chances very often at all. I worry about his lack of pace. It's not everything, but speed to the ball would be useful.

Interesting Lubala comments. I've seen so little of him. How do you know this? Seems too soon to judge?

Ward or Keshi. I agree.

Sarkic has ability. I hope NC works out how to use it.

Coleman does seem to possess genius. How does he assess these loan signings?

Appleton. He spooks me out a bit. I can't see him being able to keep a squad happy and sorted for a long time, his personality must be hard to be around for any length of time?!

It's just my impression of him in the one and 3/4 games added to the statistics I've read on how he he plays which say "he shoots and dribbles. Everytime". It's probably unfair but like everyone, I trust my initial judgement implicitly. Like when I said KDH was just a headless chicken and I couldn't see what the fuss was about 30 seconds before he scored his first.

On the game he started he completely ignored Shaw getting in front of him in favour of cutting inside to try a shot. Against Liverpool he looked a bit lost and on Saturday he didn't do a lot, but to be fair, he didn't have long.

I see a very talented player who has been the main man at Crawley who know has to adapt to being one of many talented players and perhaps to adapt his game a little to suit that and the system we play.

I'm sure he'll manage that, but I think of the players we've got in, he might be the most raw.

He plays (so far) like I expected CJ to based on what I'd heard of him, but actually Hamilton seems to have a decent all round game. He is also 3 years older. It's just my impression, he might be a quick learner but it seems to be pretty hard wired, you get the ball, you run, you try and shoot.

Kaikai does infuriate but he's also a really, really good passer and some of his more subtle deeper work and awareness is brilliant. I do think he's actually more than the dribbler people have him down as and perhaps some (not all, he wasn't vintage by any means on Saturday) of the frustration comes from him not playing that role people expect him to. He is a bit of an enigma for sure, but I'd persist and like the rest of the front line, I think he needs something to fall for him.

I think Coleman has connections and is trusted. Send a player to Accy, they get games and a good education. I think his longevity is important, he'll have people he trusts all over football who trust him in return. He's also got the Midas touch with unwanted, washed up or unoticed players. What he's getting out of Dion Charles for example, what he got out of Billy Kee. Those are players that if we signed them, people would be raging but they've done great things.

I agree about Appleton, he's a bit grim.
 

voyeur

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It's just my impression of him in the one and 3/4 games added to the statistics I've read on how he he plays which say "he shoots and dribbles. Everytime". It's probably unfair but like everyone, I trust my initial judgement implicitly. Like when I said KDH was just a headless chicken and I couldn't see what the fuss was about 30 seconds before he scored his first.

On the game he started he completely ignored Shaw getting in front of him in favour of cutting inside to try a shot. Against Liverpool he looked a bit lost and on Saturday he didn't do a lot, but to be fair, he didn't have long.

I see a very talented player who has been the main man at Crawley who know has to adapt to being one of many talented players and perhaps to adapt his game a little to suit that and the system we play.

I'm sure he'll manage that, but I think of the players we've got in, he might be the most raw.

He plays (so far) like I expected CJ to based on what I'd heard of him, but actually Hamilton seems to have a decent all round game. He is also 3 years older. It's just my impression, he might be a quick learner but it seems to be pretty hard wired, you get the ball, you run, you try and shoot.

Kaikai does infuriate but he's also a really, really good passer and some of his more subtle deeper work and awareness is brilliant. I do think he's actually more than the dribbler people have him down as and perhaps some (not all, he wasn't vintage by any means on Saturday) of the frustration comes from him not playing that role people expect him to. He is a bit of an enigma for sure, but I'd persist and like the rest of the front line, I think he needs something to fall for him.

I think Coleman has connections and is trusted. Send a player to Accy, they get games and a good education. I think his longevity is important, he'll have people he trusts all over football who trust him in return. He's also got the Midas touch with unwanted, washed up or unoticed players. What he's getting out of Dion Charles for example, what he got out of Billy Kee. Those are players that if we signed them, people would be raging but they've done great things.

I agree about Appleton, he's a bit grim.
Yes Lubala does look raw on the evidence so far. I wonder how much Critch knew about him? At 22 though, Critch likely thinks he just needs some better coaching than he's had so far, and time to develop, and has the raw ingredients. Time will tell. If he can beat players, that's a good start.
 
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td53

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Yes Lubala does look raw on the evidence so far. I wonder how much Critch knew about him? At 22 though, Critch likely thinks he just needs some better coaching than he's had so far, and time to develop, and gas the raw ingredients. Time will tell. If he can beat players, that's a good start.

With coaching being Critch's strength, I'd be worried if we were only buying finished articles as it would show a disjointed approach. Given what Lubala's achieved thus far, with what seems to be a very simple but effective gameplan, if he can add a bit more all round play, then he should be ace! If anyone can add that, it should be Critch.
 

Wizzerboy

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No. But there's room for improvement.
That's the liverpool way and I think Critchley is following that pattern.
If Blackpool finish above 12th this season they will have improved on last.

I think too many people were getting giddy after going from the old miserable rapey uncle not getting us any gifts to the younger more understanding friendly uncle who's getting us gift after gift.

This will take time, we may well be challenging by the end of the season but top 10 IS an improvement and if it carries on it'll be sooner rather than later before we're back in the championship.
 

voyeur

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That's the liverpool way and I think Critchley is following that pattern.
If Blackpool finish above 12th this season they will have improved on last.

I think too many people were getting giddy after going from the old miserable rapey uncle not getting us any gifts to the younger more understanding friendly uncle who's getting us gift after gift.

This will take time, we may well be challenging by the end of the season but top 10 IS an improvement and if it carries on it'll be sooner rather than later before we're back in the championship.
My gut feeling is that Critchley will need a season to adjust to management and to develop the team. I wouldn't be expecting promotion this season, it would be exceptional if that happened. Let's make progress. The play offs would be significant progress.
 
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