Despite His White Boots

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Blackpool 2 Yeovil 0

I scored a ticket online for the Yeovil end just to see what the new stadium is like. And I have to say that while it is a monument to how we can't get anything done on time or close to budget, now it's done it is a fantastic stadium. It really is awesome. I took some pictures on my phone but I don't think I can upload them. It was a rare occasion when I wished I had a camera. Perhaps I'll get a flash digital one now I'm a balla. Anyway, great view, lots of legroom and it must be quite something when it's full and rocking, if it's ever both at the same time. Today it was about 2/3 full for the League One playoff final.

Both these teams came in with a reputation for playing good football but Yeovil didn't really turn up. Maybe they froze on the day, maybe Blackpool were just too confident coming off a 9 game winning run, but it was a very one-sided game. The Glovers (another scary nickname - watch out for us ! We make gloves !) weathered the storm in the first 20 minutes but, unlike Paul Darden, they were unable to become the storm. Adrian Forbes shot into the side netting for Pool and Andy Morrell was inches away from connecting with a header with the goal gaping. 2 minutes from half-time left back Robbie Williams stepped up for a free kick and Let Me Entertain You ... er no that doesn't work. What about Angel ? Nope. Or She's the One. I'm a bit stuck now, and googling for this kind of thing is utter cheating so let's just say the full back stepped up and [insert Robbie Williams song title pun here] curled the ball low into the corner. Keeper Steve Mildenhall looked to be at fault, jumping behind the wall just as the ball was struck, leaving himself wrong-footed.

Yeovil came out with a bit more appetite in the second half but just five minutes in they over-committed and the lively Keigan Parker was allowed too much time to cut inside and curl an excellent shot over Mildenhall and into the net. And that was pretty much that. Marcus Stewart took off his invisibility cloak with ten minutes left when he met Wayne Gray's cross, but somehow managed to send his header into the ground and over the bar. This was a shame because it would have livened up the latter stages and been nice for the Yeovil fans, who were a fairly good-natured lot.

So Blackpool will be taking on the Championship next season and while it's hard to see them doing a Colchester [1] they looked a decent outfit, well organised, passed it quite nicely and solid in defence. QPR reject Ian Evatt was rarely tested at the back, unlike Yeovil's Terrell Forbes who was sorely overworked (not least because his centre-half partner was a complete donk) but read the game very well and made some crucial interceptions. Matthew Rose remained on the bench, some things never change :-)

And I'm spent for another season. Tune in again next August !

[1] Then again it was next to impossible to see Colchester doing a Colchester this time last year.

Update : BBC Sport shows me how to do it : "they finally broke the deadlock just before half-time with a perfectly taken free-kick by Robbie Williams - Take that Yeovil!".


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