After last weeks hospital drama, the tangerines were looking for a good result against a Blackburn side that has shown little resistance to attacking sides. With a strong line up of Blakemore, Woodman, Gettings, Boniface, Latimer, Pasqualino, two Morrow’s, Chadwick, Mortimer and Morgan the skipper reverted to a formation that is tried and tested. From the off Blackpool played possession hockey and thrilled the Witton Park crowds. Speed, control and skill from all players meant Blackburn chased the ball for much of the first half. A well worked move from the right saw good interplay from Morgan, Mortimer and Morrow resulting in a clinical shot from the penalty spot to open the scoring.
Liam Morrow was the second Blackpool player in a week to trouble the local A&E department with ligament damage to his left knee. Lester seized the forced substitution and played as though he had just returned from Athens. A Mortimer goal put breathing space between the two teams at half-time.
Captain Morrow having moved to the centre of midfield had a massive game and the Blackpool players drew from his return to form. Pasqualino solid as ever moved the ball round from the hole to both flanks and the defence did a magnificent job of keeping a clean sheet. Man of the match Latimer marshalled his back four like Montgomery in North Africa during 1943 and was irrepressible. Despite the 2-0 lead Blackpool never felt safe as this spurred Blackburn on to attack after attack.
As the final whistle blew Blackpool knew they had been in a game but one where they controlled their own destiny. The forced Christmas break could not come at a worse time as Blackpool seem to have resolved much of their early season problems and are now playing some good hockey.
© Kieron Morrow 06/12/04