A Jekyll and Hyde side
By Editor
Monday 23 Sep 2019 14:20:00
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10 games in and the misery of the #NAPM era seems in the distant past. The ecstacy and the agony of being a football fan has returned, along with the extremes of supporting the Seasiders. From the delight at the winning goal at Doncaster to the misery of conceding late on at Coventry and the joy of the opening day win against Bristol Rovers to the frustration at the defeat to MK Dons - we've alread been through the gamut of emotions. Whatever the expectations were at the start of the season, 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 defeats is a decent enough start to a campaign, expecially in a league which has thrown up a lot of surprise results. 

With the disappearance of Bury, League One is going to be difficult to gauge this season. If teams below them win their games in hand then Blackpool could go down as low as 10th place, however a good win against Lincoln on Friday night could temporarily push them up to second. It's that sort of a league where a run of results can really push you up the table. Simon Grayson's side have been difficult to read. They've played 6 of the teams in the bottom half of the table and 4 in the top, with 4 of those games at home and 6 away. Goals scored are similar to those around them, however we join most of the teams at the top by having a leaky defence (Ipswich the exception who have conceded just 4 goals). Whilst the Tractor Boys are top of the table, they're not racing ahead and the second place in the league is up for grabs. Pre-season favourites Portsmouth and Rotherham are struggling whilst Coventry, Wycombe and Fleetwood are maybe the early surprises. 

However, there are more complaints than much credit for Simon Grayson's side. Many fans feeling that players are under-performing, formations haven't felt right and we have been guilty of glaring errors at both ends of the pitch. There haven't been many times when Blackpool have taken a game by the scruff of the neck and dominated proceedings despite their 6th place position. Whilst injuries, suspensions and international call ups haven't helped, Larry needs to stop accomodating players and playing formations that suit his favoured personell and start coming up with a style of plan more akin to the opening day against Bristol Rovers where the Seasiders played with flair, skill and a real sense of purpose everytime they attacked. Maybe Ben Heneghan's arrival has been more disruptive to the defence than helpful (despite being our best player in that position) and many see that as the place for Larry to review any changes.

There's no doubt this is a decent squad but it is one that is missing a couple of players who could strengthen key areas. By the time we get to January, you'd hope that a tall, attacking midfielder will be somewhere near the top of his shopping list. However, the important thing about early season is getting those points on the board and Grayson's side have done OK. With the likes of Sunderland, Ipswich, Peterborough and Fleetwood coming up in the next 10 games, it will be interesting to see where we are by Christmas.

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