I read with interest a thread on a message board about the coldest people had ever been at a game of football, having witnessed the LDV win at Boundary Park in 2002 and various other chilly nights up and down the country, I have to admit this was the coldest I have ever been on a Saturday afternoon watching the mighty, one media colleague was so called he opted to watch the game on the TV in the fantastic press room!
Credit must be given to the stadium and ground staff at Cardiff for getting the game on, 24 hours earlier the Seasiders coaching staff had reservations as to whether the game would actually take place but the under soil heating worked its magic and round the clock clearing and gritting on the car parks ensured the Tangerine faithful had a fix of football on a Saturday afternoon.
The hosts got things underway and after five minutes they were on their feet celebrating, Charlie Adam was penalised for a foul on Chris Burke, Peter Whittingham stepped up and whipped a teasing cross into the area, Paul Rachubka failed to connect as he came through a crowd and MARK HUDSON was able to head home from close range.
Pool's first chance of the afternoon fell to Charlie Adam on 22 minutes the Scottish international curled a free kick straight at the keeper after Joe Martin had been fouled by Joe Ledley.
Cardiff were forced to make a change on 35 minutes when Warren Feeney replaced the injured Josh Magennis.
Moments later Pool forced their first corner of the afternoon when Joe Martin's cross was turned behind, Cardiff could only clear behind for a second corner, this time Alex Baptiste rose the highest to power a header towards goal, but the versatile defender was denied by an acrobatic save by Marshall.
Having been penalised on three occasions before, Charlie Adam picked up the games first yellow card after a foul on McCormack. Joe Ledley stepped up to take the resulting free kick and curled one just wide of Paul Rachubka's left hand post.
Minutes before the break Pool were denied an equaliser by a fine save from Marshall, Brett Ormerod wriggled past his man to cross to Gary Taylor-Fletcher who at the far post was denied by Marshall.
Keith Southern tried his luck from long range but was denied by Marshall who recovered well having fumbled at the first attempt.
Half Time Cardiff City 1 Blackpool 0
The freshly percolated coffee on offer in the press room was a welcome sight at the interval, but having thawed out it was back to the stands for the second half and in the opening stages of the second period Pool were back on level terms, CHARLIE ADAM exchanged a great one two with Ben Burgess before waltzing through the Cardiff defence and slotting past Scotland team mate Andy Marshall.
Cardiff almost restored their lead moments after the restart when Peter Whittingham curled one just over the bar after Feeney had been fouled by Charle Adam.
Neal Eardley tried his luck from a free kick on 56 minutes and was denied by Marshall who turned over for a corner.
With the home support becoming restless Pool almost snatched the lead when Ben Burgess powered a David Vaughan cross onto the roof of the net.
Ben Burgess and David Vaughan went whilst Cardiff had the ball in the net on 72 minutes but the effort was chalked off after the referee had spotted a foul on Rachubka.
Three minutes after the introduction of Michael Chopra by Cardiff Pool made a double change with Barry Bannan and Danny Nardiello in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Brett Ormerod.
With fingers and toes frozen Pool forced a corner with three minutes remaining and almost snatched a winner, Cardiff could only half clear the set place and the ball fell to the big striker whose scissor kick was well saved by Marshall.
In stoppage time Rachubka brilliantly denied a sweetly struck Whittingham free kick but it will have been Dave Jones who was the more relieved when the final whislte went, Pool were unfortunate not have returned home with all three points.
BLACKPOOL: Rachubka, Eardley, Baptiste, Butler, Martin, Adam, Southern, Vaughan, Ormerod (Nardiello 77) , Burgess, Taylor-Fletcher (Bannan 77) Subs Not Used: Gilks, Eastham, Bangura, Euell, Demontagnac
CARDIFF CITY: Marshall, McNaughton, Hudson, Quinn, Gerrard, Rae, Whittingham, Burke (Matthews , Ledley, Magennis (Feeney 35), McCormack (Chopra 74) Subs Not Used: Enckleman, Gyepes, Taiwo, Wildig
Referee: Mr G L Ward
Attendance: 19,147 (Pool support to be confirmed but each and everyone did the club proud and deserve a special thanks from everyone at BFC)