With nearly 900 passionate loyal Notts fans cheering their team on, the majority had stayed there for the weekend and brought Blackpool alight with their black and white colours and their banter as well as the wheel barrow song.
When the teams arrived on the pitch the atmosphere was electric and the Notts fans were by far the more vocal, expectations were high even though we knew Blackpool had only lost one home game all season, with our away form being good we all expected a really hard fought close encounter, so let the battle begin.
Straight from the kick off, Blackpool showed their intentions with a high tempo attacking display, they were first to the loose balls and used their pace, strength and skill to dominate us from the kick off, Bradd Potts was running the midfield and Kyle Vassell was causing havoc with his speed, Jamille Matt was far too strong to handle for the Notts defence, it seemed only a matter of time before Blackpool turned their superiority into goals, Notts could only keep pumping the ball up field to the isolated Alan Smith who toiled in vain to hold the ball up and bring team mates into play, with Smith being so isolated and no one else helping him or giving width it was no surprise that the ball was easily fed to the Blackpool front and wide men who tormented and teased our static defence, on 20 minutes Blackpool took a deserved lead through the lively Vassell who calmly stroked the ball through Adam Collin’s legs from an acute angle after panic in the Notts defence gave him the opportunity, Notts should have been 2-0 down on 38 minutes when a comedy of errors let in Jamille Matt who rounded Collin and some how shot wide in front of an open goal, O’Connor had a free kick superbly tipped around the post just before the break, as the half time whistle was blown the fans were saying how lucky we were not being 3 or 4 goals down.
The second half was no different from the first half as Blackpool ran us ragged and it was no surprise when Colin Daniel scored as he converted a spilt ball from Collin to make it 2-0 and 4 minutes later the game was sewn up for Blackpool as Matt shot wide of Collin to make it 3-0 after another comedy of errors from the Notts defence.
John Sheridan made all 3 substitutions a couple of minutes later to try and stem the tide that was as wide as the Irish sea, off came Smith, Campbell and Dickinson to be replaced by Oliver, Collins and Milsom, at 3-0 down Notts needed spirit, courage and skill to get back into the game but sadly on today’s showing Notts lacked all three, things got from bad to worse for Notts on 80 minutes when Vadaine Oliver lunged into a terrible tackle on Aldred the Blackpool defender and was rightly shown a straight red card.
Things even got worse on 87 minutes when Vassells robbed the sloppy Louis Laing to fire his second and Blackpool’s fourth, at this point the travelling fans were leaving and showing their disapproval by chants of what a load of rubbish and we want our money back.
John Sheridan as got to lift this group of players off the floor after a very poor and unacceptable performance for the upcoming games, with 4 players who could be key to Notts County’s future this season still out injured and Oliver banned for 3 games the remaining squad members must step up and be counted to show the faith that John Sheridan as shown in them and also show the fans that they up for the fight ahead.