Thanks to Chris Walker from Up The Pool for taking part.

You’ve had a bit of a hit and miss start to the season, what have you made of life back in The Championship so far?

We started fairly well, winning our first two games and losing only one of the first seven. That probably raised expectations a little too high, with many fans believing a play-off place was a strong possibility.

Lately though things have begun to go awry and the large size of the squad hasn’t helped. Ian Holloway has brought in a lot of players, but keeping them all happy is proving difficult and you get the feeling he hasn’t yet decided what his best team is.

Having lost three of the last four matches, we’re in a bit of a rut right now and everyone’s suddenly feeling sorry for themselves. The hangover of relegation finally seems to have kicked in and things need to turn around quickly to avoid a disappointing season.

Where do you realistically expect to finish this season?

Before the season I thought a finish between 8th and 12th was the most likely outcome and that’s probably still the case. It would take a few big signings I think for us to make a genuine play-off push, but we should have enough in the squad to prevent being dragged towards the bottom of the table.

Kevin Phillips has been scoring goals for fun so far but who else should we be looking out for in your team on Wednesday night?

It’s hard to say really. Phillips always has a goal in him, but has looked a bit fatigued lately – hardly a surprise given the number of minutes the 38 year old has been asked to play so far this season. Elsewhere, Gary Taylor-Fletcher is a goal threat but looks like missing the game through injury. The two to watch tonight are perhaps the youngsters Tom Ince and Callum McManaman, both of whom are tricky wide players.

It’s a bit of a trek up to Leeds for a midweek game for your fans, should we be expecting a decent turnout at Elland Road?

In the right circumstances, I’m confident we could have taken 3,000, but it looks like being just over half of that. A few things will have put people off – the fact it’s midweek, the cost of the tickets (£34!) and recent poor form will have taken around 1,000 or so off the travelling support. It will be a new ground for a lot of ‘Pool fans though, with our two sides having not met for a generation.

If you could sign one current Leeds player for Blackpool, who would it be?

Robert Snodgrass. He’s really come on in his time at Leeds and is the sort of direct player we could do with. Ironically, we actually turned him down a few years back when none other than Simon Grayson was in charge at Bloomfield Road. Snodgrass came down from Livingston for a trial but didn’t impress Grayson enough to win a contract.

Finally, what’s your prediction for the game?

It’s hard to be positive with our recent form, so the best I think we can hope for is a draw. Despite not being as attacking as last season, we do always have a goal or two in us, but at the same time can easily let a few in. I’ll go for 2-2.

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10 Responses

  1. TSS

    2-2 sounds realistic, but we could really use a win tonight. Can’t afford to drop too many points at home.

    • number1inyorkshire

      hindsight is an EXACT SCIENCE we all feel your pain this was a curve ball noone saw coming i expected a win ..
      Did the goal keeper have a nervous breakdown or what ??

  2. mattbb1

    what the hell is going on??? heads to roll in the morning i suspect. Our goal difference wrecked, lees out for 1 match, O’Dea out as well, not liking this one jot. WOrse, Rachubka seems to have gone into meltdown.

  3. number1inyorkshire

    didn’t go tonight so will someone please tell me what happened ??????
    we need a keeper in on loan thats for sure !!!!
    cant wait to here this

    • mattbb`

      rachubka got heckled from the start – by our own fans – first goal a fumble, second a fumble followed by a ball-to-hand that got lees sent off. Really feel for rachubka, i dont think he’ll play for us again, and read in the telegraph that we’re likley to get a loan replacement.

  4. bremners barmy army

    Ive said this over and f*cking over. Our appalling inability to keep the ball out of our own net will continue to cost ur promotion. Our defending was relegation fodder last season and we were only saved a relegation battle by scoring more goals. Grayson is not going to take us to the premiership where we must return. He has proved incapable at coaching our defensive play for the last 2years. And in the transfer market the man is a total moron. Rachubka- incompetent, Brown- imbercile oap, Bruce- shite, Collins- dog shite, Bessone- clown, O’brien- crap, Connelly- mr f*ckin Bean, i could go on! Grayson is clueless, yes he is one of us but sadly that is not enough to take us back where we belong. Ive said it since last year he must go and asap before we are consigned to another year in this shit league!

    • TSS

      Nothing at all to do with the defence – entirely Rachubka. A freak performance no one could have seen coming and no defence could have prevented.

      • number1inyorkshire

        to be fair only a freak because of the amount of goals . he has not grasped his chance and has been responsible for all the goals conceded since lonegan got injured .

        we have seen it coming there will be the conspiracy theorists around for this one him been an old boy and all that …

  5. Matthew

    For some reason this game more than any other in years annoyed the absolute shite out of me.

    I can handle losing, it comes with supporting Leeds but the way we lost, it was a team effort in this loss, as a collective group this was quite frankly the worst Leeds United performance in years, eclipsing the blunders at Preston and Barnsley last year by a fair mile.

  6. mattbb1

    i have to agree matthew, rachubka has a job to do, but what happened when lees got sent off? did O’Brien come on? no… we saw Becchio, Cairns, and Varynen. So i think while we might have still lost 3-0 with 10 men parked in front of goals it would have at least preserved our goal difference. Blackpool still have a good squad to underestimate them was a tactical blunder by grayson.

    That said, poor Racubka, a Jim Leighton style breakdown there i think. Never mind `i might go into the loan market’ simon, do go into the loan market, go now, jason brown would do a job.


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