This is disgraceful. As I said at half time, we were playing a pub team and, to be honest, we were lucky to come away with a point. Why? Because we did not score a legitimate goal, where-as Blackpool did. Harewood was not off side when he put the ball in the net, two other Blackpool players were, but they were not active. People at the ground without the benefit of replays would not know that, of course, unless, like the Assistant Referee, they were looking along the line with a perfect view. His error secured us a point.
No, hang on, we didn't scramble a draw because that goal wasn't given, we scrambled a draw because Marlon Harewood managed to miss the target from two yards out when completely unchallenged and unquestionably onside. THAT will be one of the misses of the season. So, Harewood should have scored twice! Yes Harewood, that testosteroned lump of peperami whose face grows out of his neck! Maybe he missed because he felt sorry for us!
And who could blame him? We are going down because we are truly shit. I don't care that Cole hit the post. I don't care that Noble nearly scored with a brilliant curling effort. I don't care that we were robbed of a penalty. I don't care that for most of the second half, Blackpool were defending and trying to hit us on the break, we have just drawn at home to a pub side and we were lucky to come away with the point! It is humiliating.
Who played well? Well Parker ran around a lot and set up a great opportunity for Barrera. Noble nearly scored. And...
Boa? Did you see that miss? I did. Played in, with only the keeper to beat, with redemption beckoning after his crass performance on Wednesday, Boa planted it wide! Did you see Boa's cross? I did. With Blackpool stretched and Barrera available for the cross...Boa failed to beat the first defender. Hopeless, absolutely hopeless.
Barrera? Did you see his three shots, one from the Parker pull back, two others giving him wonderful opportunities to score? I did. He shoots and crosses like Boa. Enough said!
Obinna? Did you see how often he over hit his crosses, did you see his wild, wild, wild shooting? I did. Did you see that foul on the right hand side of the box that so so nearly conceded a penalty? I did. He is an athletic Boa. Enough said.
Gabbidon? Did you see how easily he was turned for the Harewood miss? I did. He showed the outside, then was turned as easily as Faubert at Arsenal. Ludicrous defending. Truly, truly pathetic.
Upson? What did he do? Where was he as a captain? Why was Harewood given two great opportunities to score, one of which he took, only to have it struck off by the linesman?
Ilunga? I think it was him who played Harewood onside and did you see his foul that gave Blackpool a free kick on the edge of our box? Remember how the guy used to overlap down the flanks and send in delicious crosses? Oh, I forgot, he was on loan then and trying to earn a new contract. Now, why does he need to run?
Piquionne? Bloody hopeless all match. No wonder he was withdrawn! There was one embarrassing moment when he ran offside. He was looking along the line for pity's sake but still went far too early.
Cole? Out of form and hopeless.
Dyer? Lasted 17 minutes! He jogged off though! Took one look at the Blackpool Brickies playing in Wurzel's back four and thought, "I could get hurt here!".
Jacobsen? Where was he every time Blackpool came down our right?
Noble? He did OK but OK isn't good enough when you are playing a pub team!
Parker? He was an arch culprit in my book because he played LIKE a Blackpool player - all huff and puff and hustle and bustle and run and run, but with next to no guile!
And Green? Did you see that flap at the cross, palming the ball out to the edge of the six yard box straight to a Blackpool player? I did. Yes the follow up volley hit him and stayed out but that was not technically a save because Green knew NOTHING about it; and anyway he had created the opportunity with another crass piece of keeping. And as for his kicking...dear God, the guy can't even kick a ball!
Full marks to Blackpool, they played as if this point would be the point that would keep them up. They played with energy, with passion, with commitment, with heart, with belief, they played for their shirts.
Our lot were just worried sick about picking up bruises and the probability of a pay cut when we go down.
Should Avram go? After this, yes. We needed seven points from the last three games and we have collected three. That is disgraceful and our performance today was abject because we made Blackpool look a decent team.
We are going down. You can put your mortgage on it!