Crisis of confidence

Thursday 25th October 2012 23:19

Holloway: speculation

Holloway: speculation

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Blackpool FanZoner Adam Ogden is scratching his head at his side's recent bad form.

Blackpool in desperate need of a mental boost

Only a few weeks ago everything was rosy in the tangerine back garden. Top of the league and scoring goals for fun, we were unstoppable.

Roll back to the present day and we're in a serious rut.

Some of our defending in recent games has been comical, every goal we've scored has been a struggle and our free-flowing football has all but disappeared.

The most confusing thing is nothing has really changed. I'm finding it impossible to put my finger on exactly why our fortunes have changed so dramatically.

But our phenomenal start to the season didn't go unnoticed. Ever since the 4-1 drubbing of Boro teams have become wise to us, clogging the midfield and throwing players behind the ball whenever we have possession.

It's an effective tactic that we haven't been able to adapt to. Ollie's recent tactic of putting six strikers on the pitch and no midfielders somehow doesn't seem to be an effective plan B either.

Tuesday's draw against Forest was a step in the right direction, though.

For starters, we actually scored, twice.

But our defending was still a nightmare, with both goals coming from some back four work that would be more akin to Sunday league football.

speculation

Something else that hasn't helped is the job speculation around Ollie. With jobs at Bolton, Blackburn and Burnley all free over the last few weeks, he's been at the top of the wanted list for all of them, and deservedly so.

Myself, I can't see Ollie leaving for any of the posts, as he has the potential to get a job much higher up the leagues.

But the rumours haven't helped our stability and the sooner it's all sorted out the better.

What we need more than anything is a confidence boost, to help us get back the swagger from earlier in the season. In the first five minutes against Forest we hit the post, and had that gone in I think Tuesday night could have ended a lot differently.

On Saturday we face a Brighton team in a very similar position to us, having started on fire and tailed off.

A win would be hugely important to get us back on track, and could be the confidence boost we need to get our promotion challenge back on track.

UTP!

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