1st of all, congratulations to Reading, they pin pointed our weak points and exploited them perfectly. They are the team in form, they are on a run and after lasts season's play off final heart ache, I wouldn't begrudge them promotion. Best of luck to them with the rest of their campaign. Now, on to more important matters, US!



As much as I love Blackpool, its almost getting to the point where I don't WANT us to get to the play offs, which is a ridiculous notion, but I will try and walk you through it.



We simply aren't good enough defensively to get promoted. We may be able to out score a few, maybe most teams in this division, but when it comes to the crunch and playing a team in good form like Reading today, we simply don't cut the mustard! A keeper that won't come off his line for crosses, full backs that back away and won't commit to a tackle and centre backs that seem to always leave their attacker free from set pieces, it really is quite shambolic.



Maybe I am being hard on the boys, but lets cast our mind back to February. Palace and Coventry both 1-0 up. Both missed a host of chances against us, we luckily won both games 2-1. We come up against classier teams who actually finish off the numerous chances we present against them, like Reading and Leicester in the last 2 games, you are always going to struggle.



Even if we make the play offs teams like Birmingham and West Ham would bully us to death, too powder puff. And if we DID fluke another promotion I dread to think how THAT defence would fair in the big leagues.



Blackpool and Ian Holloway have performed very well on the whole this season. I know this seems like a full on rant about how rubbish we are but to be honest we're over achieving my pre-season expectations. I thought with top players departing and zero investment we would struggle to get in the top half, so every credit to the management and players for doing so well with a limited squad.



Shame on Karl for not backing his manager in the Summer, in the January window and Thursday on the loan deadline. This was his no excuses season (his words!) - he has failed spectacularly on and off the field
Lets not turn this into the "Oystons" fault

It was poor defending that cost us today



Been poor all season. Bignot, Lleara and Harris have really challenged the back four for their spots.



You pay peanuts you get monkeys
I think we have to face the facts with the team we have we are at best a championship team. I dont know how we would go on if we did get promotion. If we did manage to go up would we spend to keep us there
We both know the answer to that Ramsden. Another case of take the money and run from our illustrious leader :(

Individually our defenders are amongst the best in the league. For the most part Crainey didnt look out of place in the premier league. Baptise is a great centre back and Cathcart, whilst inconsistent, at his best is a poty contender. Eardley splits opinions so you could say he is a weak link. Evatt for me has lost a yard of pace this year but has bags of experience and is still a big ugly brute of a centre back we need.



As a unit they just dont perform, whether thats defending set pieces or poor marking when being hit on the break. KO can spend as much money as you would like on individual defenders but if we cant be arsed training so they act as a unit we are going to continue to ship goals in.
I am thinking of words to describe it

How did you get on today TAM?
Agree with the posts saying we arent working as a unit in defence. Individually our players would get in most championship sides and Baptiste would play in the premiership. So obviously there is something not happening on the training ground which is down to Ollie.
to be honest i dont believe that we dont do any defensive coaching, there is possibly a bit of an over reaction here about that. There is no denying however that we do not do enough of it anyway and that it needs to be vastly improved.
What pitch were you on?
I expected you to say 'Bloomfield Road'.
Probably get some stick for saying this but here goes anyway.



I seriously think we have been punching above our weight now for most of this season, finally things are starting to catch up on us.



It's not about losing just today to a very decent side in Reading i for one didn't give us any chance at all today but it's about an up and down season not winning more than 2 games on the trot, conceding far too many goals, the team changing every blood game, FFS i bet Holloway doesn't even know now his best 11 if he was asked.



Worrying times ahead methinks next season, we have to buy several new players and it's going to cost some serious money, failure to invest will see us in the bottom half next season looking over our shoulders, is that what we want?



Themissingmillions wrote:

Probably get some stick for saying this but here goes anyway.



I seriously think we have been punching above our weight now for most of this season, finally things are starting to catch up on us.



It's not about losing just today to a very decent side in Reading i for one didn't give us any chance at all today but it's about an up and down season not winning more than 2 games on the trot, conceding far too many goals, the team changing every blood game, FFS i bet Holloway doesn't even know now his best 11 if he was asked.



Worrying times ahead methinks next season, we have to buy several new players and it's going to cost some serious money, failure to invest will see us in the bottom half next season looking over our shoulders, is that what we want?









I applaud you're bravery posting such a negative post, nothing wrong with being negative if what you wrote has an element of truth about it and your post certainly did.



We shouldn't worry about next season as we're loaded, like you said though, will we actually SEE any of this reinvested in the team? I highly doubt it



Please can you add a new icon with one of them faces banging its head against a brick wall? Set pieces again (Smiley face thing banging his head on a brick wall)
I've been spreading the love
Themissingmillions wrote:

Probably get some stick for saying this but here goes anyway.



I seriously think we have been punching above our weight now for most of this season, finally things are starting to catch up on us.



It's not about losing just today to a very decent side in Reading i for one didn't give us any chance at all today but it's about an up and down season not winning more than 2 games on the trot, conceding far too many goals, the team changing every blood game, FFS i bet Holloway doesn't even know now his best 11 if he was asked.



Worrying times ahead methinks next season, we have to buy several new players and it's going to cost some serious money, failure to invest will see us in the bottom half next season looking over our shoulders, is that what we want?









I don't disagree at all. We have been let down by the O's, they have not backed IH when they had the money to do so. It will just carry on too.



I was there today and it was awful, we were awful.



MR-DD wrote:

I've been spreading the love





Where on earth is a moonwalk smiley for this post?

The Oyston's never backed Holloway last January and we got relegated, the Oyston's have not backed Holloway again this season and cracks are starting to appear and this in a season were we have made such massive profits.



God help us next season without investment.
Have faith lads ...





Look, we're doing a poll on Royals Rendezvous as to

"Who will be in the play-off's 2011/2012" - Voting is in a members only section and is open to 1st April, but so far is going like:



44 votes currently cast:

Blackpool 22.7%

Brighton And Hove Albion 18.2%

Middlesborough 15.9%

West Ham United 13.6% (assuming not autos)

Birmingham City 11.4%

Reading 11.4% (assuming not autos)

Cardiff City 2.3%

Hull 2.3%

Leeds United 2.3%



So plenty of other folk highly value your team!
What that poll done before yesterdays match ;)
Our defence is woeful. Fingers crossed we can out score other teams.



I think Saints, Leeds and Burnley will get SOMETHING from us (i.e. the best we will do is a draw) so it puts pressure on the games against Watford, Barnsley, Forest and Millwall (and them 4 games will NOT be easy).



Everyone else has tough games too, it will probably go down to the final game, and at this stage I would take us having to win at Millwall to make the play offs
I think its a case of nearly, but not quite enough for us this season. For what it's worth, I still think we will sneak back into that last play-off position come the final standings and as we know with Blackpool, anything can happen from there.



I have to say though, with the money we should have at our disposal, we should be aiming to have a team that can easily finish in the play-offs. It's like the promotion never happened for us.
clappers wrote:





I have to say though, with the money we should have at our disposal, we should be aiming to have a team that can easily finish in the play-offs. It's like the promotion never happened for us.







Nail on head with that statement. I'd rather not make them than lose in the semi or, heaven forbid, the final to be honest

If we had never been in the prem we would probably fighting reegation this season at least.



Money should have nothing to do with it but unfortunatley its what rules football now and some would say ruining football....
I agree, money is the root of all evil
I feel the same way, i would rather just not make the play offs than lose in them.
Cannot agree with the sentiment "rather not make the play-offs than lose them"........BFC attitude for a long time has been "never say die".

I will believe we are going up via the automatics until it is mathematically impossible, then via play-offs until the final whistle.....NEVER SURRENDER!!

:P

I don't handle crushing disappointment well. I feel a play off loss would tip me over the edge
VVB ... I don't buy lottery tickets for the same reason. If I have a ticket in hand, I'm already dreaming of my beach house in paradise, then I'm gutted after the draw.