To come back from 2-0 down to win is an achievement which has to be applauded. Forget any negativity, for a team to show that type of character – against a very good side which will be pushing for promotion – gives the SBA much cause for optimism in the coming months.
It wasn’t as though the win was lucky, the lads overcame Blackpool to the extent that as much as the visitors were dominant in the first 40 minutes, we were the much better team for the remainder of the game.
Hats off to Wesley Jobello, in particular. He’s come in for some criticism from some quarters of the faithful, rightly so at times, but he was a handful yesterday, and produced a finish out of the top drawer to level the scores at the break.
It would be wrong to say that it was a perfect performance. Our defensive frailties are a cause for concern (8 conceded in the last 4 league games needs addressing) and in the first 40 minutes you would have been forgiven for thinking how we would get anything from the game. However, we look full of goals. Not only does Matty Godden look like the goal poacher we have been looking for since Sparky left, but the goals are coming from across the team with 8 different goal scorers to date this season.
As for the match itself, perhaps you have to sympathise a little with Blackpool. Some would argue that they could count themselves unlucky to be leaving without a share of the spoils, most certainly some of their away following who seemed very aggrieved at the final whistle.
Without doubt, the visitirs couldn’t have wished for a more perfect start…albeit that Sully Kalkai was must have been surprised as anyone when his chip across the goal went into the net.
With Liam Feeney giving Sam McCallum a torrid time down our left hand site, it seemed only a matter of time before Blackpool added to their tally, and in the 38th minute they did just that. It was a messy goal to concede from our perspective. After a relatively straightforward through ball wasn’t dealt with, a pull back was seized upon by their attackers as our defenders dithered, allowing Kulkai to miscue a shot into the side of the net. At that point, we were most certainly staring down the barrel of our first league defeat on the season.
It was from this point that the lads made a huge statement which may shape our season. They rolled up their sleeves and showed that they most certainly don’t lack bottle. Blackpool may claim that we didn’t deserve to be level at the break with there manager Simon Grayson claiming in his post-match interview that this only happened as a result of their poor marking, but that isn’t what I saw. MATTY GODDEN battled well against two towering centre halves to take his chance, and then a quality cross from McCallum and an excellent finish from WESLEY JOBELLO were most certainly moments of quality which were all of our making and not as a result of defensive mistakes.
Half time – CCFC 2-2 Blackpool
The two City goals prior to the break seemed to have knocked the stuffing out of the Seasiders. They offered little in the second half with the Sky Blues creating the bulk of the chances. Hiwula, Rose and McFadzean all went close before CALLUM O’HARE showed quick feet in the box to snatch victory in stoppage time.
Gervane Kastaaner should have made it 4-2 deeper into injury time, but by stage Blackpool were done for…as was their unbeaten record.
As for man of the match, you can take your pick from several, but loanee Liam Walsh was the pick of the lads. He grew in stature throughout the game and controlled the midfield in the second half. His passing was excellent, and the fact that he deputised so well for Liam Kelly – arguably our key player – suggests what an important signing he could be for us in the coming months.
On to Burton next week…and we owe them for the 6 points they took off us last season…
Full time – CCFC 3-2 Blackpool