Who would have thought it? Blackpool Football Club have gone on a six-game unbeaten run!
Neil McDonald’s side haven’t lost a game since September 26, a fantastic achievement when you consider how the season started.
I wrote in my last blog about how important momentum is in football, and the fact that Pool have secured two draws and a win since then shows things are moving in the right direction.
Out of the relegation zone, hopefully Blackpool can start to look up the table now and really push on. McDonald can’t rest on his laurels though, because a lot of work still needs doing.
Pool’s next four fixtures will show us what this team is really made of. For me, they are season defining.
All away from home, Pool face tough trips to Bury, Bradford, Barnet and Wigan Athletic in the space of just 10 days.
The FA Cup draw this week was hugely unfavourable for Pool, a long trek to Barnet is not what McDonald would’ve wanted as the season enters its congested winter stage.
Pool’s visit to Wigan is another cup fixture (Johnstone’s Paint Trophy) and it will be interesting to see what McDonald does in those games.
Will he rest certain players and give others some minutes? Young winger Henry Cameron could miss up to three games if the rumours of a potential call-up to the New Zealand national team are true.
Given the lack of squad depth, it’s going to be impossible for him to make wholesale changes as Ian Holloway used to do in cup matches.
McDonald can only play the card’s he’s been dealt, and naturally fatigue and tiredness come when fixtures pile up, which is why these games are so important, and will shape Blackpool’s season.
On a personal note, I’m pleased to say I will be attending Saturday’s fixture away at Bury.
I’m really looking forward to the game, Bury are only out of the play-off spots on goal difference at the moment so it should be a good test.
Chris Eagles’ arrival at the Shakers last week made it an impressive four former Blackpool players now plying their trade at Gigg Lane (Jacob Mellis, Daniel Nardiello and Peter Clarke are the other three).
The Tangerine Knights have organised another protest, which will hopefully be another success. It pleases me to see that Bury fans have expressed an interest of joining the protests on social media.
Club officials have also confirmed that non-offensive banners will be allowed inside the ground, which is a nice touch.
I’m hoping to meet and speak with members of the Tangerine Knights on Saturday as part of my university work.
If anyone fancies expressing their opinions at the game get in touch with me on Twitter @henrywoodsford or at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’ll be great to speak to as many Pool fans as possible.
Final plug from me; if anyone reading this blog (Blackpool fans or not) can spare literally two minutes to fill out this questionnaire, again for my university studies, I’ll be very grateful: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1A-hcCof9CVS5JgFBVzbDBF-v4XYOFtNq_tQRUpJs20M/viewform