“He’ll probably be scoring them like that when he’s 104.”
Those were the words Ian Holloway used in his post match interview to describe Kevin Phillips after Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
It was the 38-year-old hitman’s fifth goal of the season, and what a strike it was. Phillips netted on 62 minutes to salvage a draw against a confident looking Cardiff outfit, Malky Mackay’s side should have had the game wrapped up in the first half but for a flurry of chances saved by Blackpool’s Matt Gilks and a host of other opportunities spurned.
City’s left winger Craig Conway was particularly impressive. It hasn’t taken long for the summer signing to find his feet in the Championship and with three goals in nine games to his name he’s looking like one of the best buys of the season. ‘Pool’s Alex Baptiste and substitute James Hurst struggled to mark the 26-year-old Scot for long periods of the game. He was my Man of the Match and a player that I was hoping Blackpool would sign during the summer.
Anyone reading the Blackpool message boards after the game would think that the club were in Plymouth’s current predicament. “We’ve lost our creativity”, “I’m not interested anymore”, “Ollie will start to get fed up with the lack of funds” were some of the comments posted from so-called fans.
I wasn’t best pleased with the performance over the weekend but I’m not starting to worry. Do I think Man Utd will go unbeaten all season? Probably not. Will Blackpool will draw all of their remaining games? No. Teams have off days and in ‘Pool’s case they didn’t even lose, instead drawing against a team that is always there or thereabouts when it comes to promotion at the end of the season. So stop worrying, do I hope we can get a creative attacking midfielder in on loan? Yes, every fan loves a new signing (as long as his wages don’t cripple the club) but you can’t start worrying about what could be when the season is only seven games old and Blackpool are currently sitting in seventh place!
Cardiff deserved to win the game without question. ‘Ollie’ said he felt like a burglar after watching the Welsh team dominate for large spells of the game only for Phillips to score a goal from nowhere and bag Blackpool a point.
The next test for Holloway’s side is Portsmouth away and a long trip to Fratton Park awaits. I will, however, be gutted at not being able to give Luke Varney a cheer and a clap at the game. Varney was sent off in Pompey’s 1-0 loss to Hull at the weekend and will miss the match against his former teammates, Varney was a popular figure at Bloomfield Road and most Seasiders were disappointed to see him not sign for the club permanently in the summer.
Hopefully Blackpool can collect all three points points and regain their creative spark when visiting the South Coast this weekend. Maybe that would get some of the ‘fans’ off the players backs, at least until the next draw anyway…..
Written by Adam Kinder, We Are Going Up’s Blackpool blogger
Adam tweets at @adam_kinder