Q&A With Blackpool

  • January 03, 2014 | By David Williams
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Ahead of Bolton's FA Cup tie with Blackpool on Saturday, we have got the views of a Seasiders supporter.

After drawing with Middlesbrough on New Year's Day, Wanderers face a repeat of the 1953 FA Cup final when Paul Ince's side visit the Reebok Stadium at the weekend.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have spoken to 'Pool supporter, and editor of bfcblog.co.uk, John Campbell. Ahead of Saturday's game, John shares his views on Paul Ince's future at Bloomfield Road, why Tom Ince isn't all he's cracked up to be and why former Blackpool captain Alex Baptiste is a man he fears could knock his side out of the competition.

Q: After beginning the season at the top, what has happened at Blackpool?

A: I think it was a little bit of a false position. At the time we were winning matches, but only just and the performances didn't really justify the position we found ourselves in. We also had a fully fit starting 11, which was a decent Championship 11.

We've also been hit bad by injuries and, as we know, the red card situation - nine red cards. For a small squad, that was always going to be a problem.

The other problem we've faced is a really uneven squad, with not enough defensive players and too many strikers. However, Ince has been playing with one up front and not really given anyone but Ricardo Fuller a chance. Michael Chopra has started the last two but playing upfront on his own isn't to his strengths.

We need to sign some players in January, otherwise it's all downhill from here. Many fans are asking for Ince to leave already but the only way that would happen is if he walks.

Q: Paul Ince got some bad press from his time as Blackburn manager. What are Blackpool fans' opinion of the job he has done so far?

A: I think he's been lucky so far, but his tactics are very negative - try and grab a goal and hold on, be that home or away.

He's also come out with some pretty weird comments about how we can't be too attacking in matches otherwise we'll get ripped apart - that is when we are already losing. Unfortunately, he's starting to lose the fans' backing. Expect to hear 'Ince Out' if we go behind on Saturday.

Q: Who should Bolton fans be wary of on the Blackpool team sheet?

A: Tom Ince, if he can be bothered to turn up. He's in and out of games too much, with his head down as soon as something doesn't go right for him.

Ricardo Fuller is still a handful if the service is good to him. Bar those too, we've not got too many attacking options.

Q: Who on the Bolton team sheet worries Blackpool fans?

A: I guess Alex Baptiste, who we know well and has an eye for goal. I wouldn't be surprised to see him score from an overlap down our weak right side if he's in at left back.

Q: Finally, what do you think the score will be?

A: 2-0 Bolton - we are in a bad place right now. Getting out of the FA Cup wouldn't be such a bad thing.

Burnden Aces would like to thank John for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more from him, and his fellow Blackpool fans, by checking out bfcblog.co.uk or by heading over to Twitter - @blackpoolfcblog & @johnpcampbell.

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