I arrived in Blackpool to rain and wind blowing in off the North sea, not the most welcoming of conditions but it could have been worse I suppose!
Half of the Bloomfield Road ground has been redeveloped into a modern new Stadium the other half still looks like it is a 60’s time warp. The stand the Notts fans were housed in was one of those less glamorous sides of the ground. It had wooden flooring and paint peeling off the girders the held the roof up. The only slightly modern part was the seats; even they looked like they had been through some rough times.
Notts starting line up had had 4 changes to it from the one that lined up to face Colchester last week.
Garden was left out and replaced by Mildenhall, Caskey was suspended after his red card at Southport and both Ramsden and Whitley were injured.
In the early stages we didn’t seem to be able to put 5 passes together and only created 2 real chances in the first half. One when John Ashton was unable to scramble the ball over the line following some dodgey keeping from Blackpool. Then Allsopp and Heffernan shot wide.
After just 11 minutes though, Michael Brough was taken off because he had injured his ankle in going for a challenge. YTS lad, Willis
Blackpool got the first goal of the game on 21 minutes when Clarke headed home after good work by Martin Bullock.
HALF TIME: 1-0
In the second half Notts improved on their first half performance. Neither side really tested each other’s ‘Keepers. Mildenhall did all right in the Magpies’ goal, commanding his area and more confident coming out for the ball than last season. His distribution was, however, a bit suspect at times.
The Magpies held on for the remaining 20 minutes and claimed a point.
That makes it 10 draws out of 19 games for the Pies. But we have to win some of these games, because draws are getting us in as much trouble as defeats seem to be.
Bristol City on Tuesday, and I wouldn’t really fancy us to get a lot out of that one.