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Season Review - 2/4

21 May 2013

A Look Back At The Second Quarter Of The Campaign

This week we are looking back on what has been a highly eventful season at Bloomfield Road, reviewing everything from the managerial comings and goings to the impact of all those late goals... 

Nobody knew it at the time, but the home fixture with Brighton was to be Ian Holloway's last as Blackpool boss before he went on to pastures new with Crystal Palace.

It was an unsettled period for a lot of Championship clubs with Blackburn, Burnley, Bolton, Ipswich and Palace all looking for new managers in the October/early November time.

The Brighton game left many leaving Bloomfield Road scratching their heads as to how The Seasiders didn't take all three points. Over 20 shots reigned in on The Seagulls' goal yet Pool had to settle for a 1-1 draw after conceding a goal described as, "as soft as a wet potato" by Holloway.

Ollie left on the morning of the away game at Derby County (Saturday 3 November) leaving Steve Thompson in charge for the matches at Derby and Sheffield Wednesday.

Michael Appleton was announced as Pool's new boss the day after the 2-0 win at Hillsborough - the start of his 65-day spell on the Fylde Coast.

His opening four games set the tone for his tenure with four consecutive draws with Bolton, Bristol City, Watford and Birmingham; three of which were at home.

Appleton's first win came at Peterborough on 1 December where a drab first-half was followed up by an emphatic second-half showing in which they fired in four goals to take the points.

A draw with Holloway's Palace superseded the win at London Road in an emotional affair, before a comfortable home win over Blackburn Rovers, which turned out to be Appleton's second and last win as Blackpool boss.

In the last game before Christmas The Seasiders had 24 shots to Wolves' five yet suffered a 2-1 defeat, leaving supporters and players alike scratching those heads once again as to how Pool left pointless.

It was a similar story on Boxing Day at the John Smith's Stadium where many chances came and went before Huddersfield scored with their only shot on target. Nathan Delfouneso's clever finish in stoppage time rescued Blackpool from suffering back-to-back defeats.

The manner in which The Seasiders performed in the games either side of Christmas cued a post-match response of: "eventually I do believe someone will take a tonking," from Appleton. 

It was hard to disagree at the time, but it wasn't going to come whilst the former Portsmouth manager was at the helm, as he was to take charge of just a further two league games before he made the short trip across Lancashire to Blackburn Rovers.

On Thursday we will review the third quarter of Blackpool's campaign, which saw the end of Michael Appleton, a longer caretaker stint for Steve Thompson and the introduction of Paul Ince...

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