Sportspy Extra – Saturday February 13th 2010

Today saw the return fixture between Preston North End FC and the Seasiders.  The first game earlier in the season had finished 1-1 at Bloomfield Road.  It was another close game although Blackpool FC were the better side as they bossed possesion.  They went there to win it but it ended even once again with a goalless draw.  Here are a few images from the game taken from up on high in row 37 of the away end.

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Both sides went into this fixture on the back of indifferent results.  Despite playing some of the most attractive football in recent decades the Seasiders had only managed one win from the last nine games and at start of play the more positive amongst us were saying that we were only eight points off fifth place whilst the more cynical were saying we were only eight points of 22nd placed Reading.  The realists were hoping for a point.

It turned out to be a highly entertaining 0-0 draw.  Blackpool never looked like an away side and took the game to Preston throughout.  Despite missing talisman Charlie Adam we still played some great fast flowing football and for long periods bossed possession. This has been the story of recent games but we've been picked off at the back through being over-offensive, poor defending and to be honest clinical finishing.  Preston were restricted to counter attacks but on more than one occasion the magnificent 5,400 away support held their breath as Danny Wellbeck broke clear but fortunately a combination of excellent keeping and poor choices from the United star kept them at bay. A rare clean sheet for Blackpool but for the second game running we failed to score but all in all it was good to see decent tactics that made us look a lot tighter outfit.  Many deserve praise if not all.  Burgess won a lot more ball today and there's absolutely no contest when he's compared to Preston pretender Parkin.  DJ Campbell just about pipped Vaughan for my MOM and Brett covered more yards than anybody else. 

Keith Southern is still the first name on my team sheet as his hard work and constant battling allows the others to play.  Baptiste was top quality at right back and the centre half pairing never put a foot wrong.  When Wellbeck did get behind us Gilks was equal to it.  We are NOT a one man team.  A great performance from the Seasiders.  A last minute winner would have been magical but we'll settle for a point.  Time to kick on and start getting back to winning ways.

The teams make their entrance.  BFC cameraman Phil Heywood takes a picture of the massive away support welcoming the side onto the pitch.

Preston kick off

Burgess – won the battle up front

Hardly T Shirt weather but few were complaining

Preparing for the Preston corner

We learned our lesson and put a man on the line.  A good job as Baptiste headed Wallace's effort clear.

13:20, 4,000 Preston fans thought it was a 3pm kick off.

Back off Edwards!

No interest in the game but who would watch that lot every week?

Darren S – Brother Jordan unfortunately had to work

The second half begins

Alex Baptise – Blackpool's best right back.  Nobody gets past him, composed, stong, pacey with good offensive distribution.

Dive

Flares at football matches – discuss!  They certainly got the crowd going

A nasty knock for Ian Evatt

Blackpool FC manager Ian Holloway clearly proud of the outstanding effort his team put in today as he congratulated each and every one of them on the pitch at full time.

More 'Big Ron' than Ollie's usual 'tramp' attire as he scrubbed up for the big occasion in the Sheepskin coat.  I think the size, colour, noise and numbers of the Tangerine Army surprised him.  Another memorable away derby.  Three visits without defeat and three clean sheets if I'm not mistaken.

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