Youth Team Report: Oldham Athletic 0 Blackpool 3
A change in game-plan was the difference as the young Seasiders come out 3-0 winners against Oldham Athletic on Saturday..
In a game which was influenced by one substitute, Blackpool’s goals were scored by Tayt Trusty, Arnold Matshazi and Johnny Johnston on a fine morning in Greater Manchester.
As the Seasiders were looking to win three in a row, John Murphy’s side set up to dominate the game and dominate they did.
Ryan Grant came into the side and although he started a bit shaky, he got into the game and was passing the ball out wide to fullback, Luke Findlow and became more confident at centre-half.
The midfield two of Tayt Trusty and Luke Mariette couldn’t quite get balanced in the game and it seemed like Prince Yelegon was struggling to make runs down the channel.
There were glimpses of a positive performance coming through as the game went on.
Oldham were playing down the right a lot of the time in the first half, causing some problems but the Latics failed to create anything themselves - which helped the Seasiders.
Midfielder Joe Strawn was tackled but wasn’t awarded the foul midway through the first half and that resulted in him pulling his calf and he struggled up until half-time with a dead leg.
With neither side having any luck on goal other than a few half chances, the sides went into the break goalless.
Half-Time: Oldham Athletic 0 Blackpool 0
As the second half got underway, Arnold Matshazi was sent on by Murphy, in place of Strawn who couldn’t continue. This then enabled Yelegon to move out wide, where he’s a definite running threat.
It was a totally different Blackpool side in the second half, more of the team we know they can be.
Blackpool began to take more care with the ball and create some movement down the channels, which is something the coaching staff were keen to see more of.
As Oldham started to fade away, Trusty got into the game, pulling the strings in the middle of the park. He was also spreading the ball out-wide, letting the attackers do their thing.
Substitute Matshazi started floating out wide and running the channels well, he became the difference as well as Trusty.
The game opened up well for the visitors and the deadlock was broken in the 52nd minute when Trusty scored with a shot from close range after he was picked out by Yelegon in the box. Previous to the ball from Yelegon, Findlow found the number nine with a terrific ball from one side of the box to another.
Matshazi became the influence after being subbed on, and this showed when he got himself into a dangerous position in the box.
Great build up play saw the ball find it’s way to Jack Moore on the right hand-side, who whipped a perfect ball into the box for Arnold to head home. Blackpool doubled their lead and seemed to be in cruise control.
After a tight match throughout, for Blackpool to show the character they did to take a one goal lead, let alone two was fantastic.
The high-tempo, clinical football by the team from Lancashire didn’t stop there. Striker Johnston made a brilliant run through the lines and got his reward for continuing his run. He showed great composure to finish sweetly past the goalkeeper.
At this point, with seven minutes to go, Blackpool were home and dry.
Oldham sunk and couldn’t get out of the hole that Blackpool put them in, with John Murphy's side showing a chapter and never-say-die attitude to be proud of.
Full-Time: Oldham Athletic 0 Blackpool 3
By Callum Insull