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Paolo's pointers: Five things to take from the Blackpool defeat

It was heartbreak for Posh as Gary Madine's last-minute strike plunged Darren Ferguson's side to a second consecutive defeat in League One.
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Fans should get used to empty stands for a while. Photo: John Baker

Blackpool were far superior side throughout the afternoon and deservedly took the lead on the 20th-minute mark after Jerry Yates turned inside the box onto his left foot and drilled his shot past Christy Pym.

Posh upped their tempo in the second half, but still struggled to break-down a resilient Blackpool defence. However, Frankie Kent brought Posh level with just five minutes left on the clock after thundering a header into the far post.

Ferguson's men were looking for the winner to maintain their spot at the top of League One, but the game ended in heartbreak after Gary Madine's composed finish from six yards out trickled past Pym.

A shaky start
After being condemned to a 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra last weekend, Darren Ferguson needed his player to hit the ground running from the minute go this afternoon.

However, it was another sluggish opening 45 minutes for Posh, that saw Blackpool take a deserving lead after Yates’ low-drilled shot from inside the box – and fortunately for Posh, Blackpool couldn’t take advantage more. Posh were second-best throughout the opening 45 minutes, and a cause of concern for Ferguson, who can’t rely on his side always pulling back games back in the second half.

Last-minute heartbreak
All hope seemed to be fading in the Posh camp after Siriki Dembele was penalised for diving inside the area and was awarded a yellow card. However, an unlikely source brought Posh level with five minutes left on the clock after Frankie Kent headed home.

The defender was celebrating his 24th birthday, and how he would have loved his goal to grab a vital point for Posh on a disappointing afternoon. Yet, his celebrations were cut-short as Blackpool nicked the three points at the Weston Homes Stadium after CJ Hamilton’s cross found Gary Madine
inside the box, who remained calm and slotted past Pym.

Kent’s header was royally undeserved, and many can’t complain with Blackpool taking the maximum points this afternoon.

New rules failed to inspire Posh.
The EFL announced on Wednesday that five substitutions would be allowed for the remaining 2020/21 season, and Ferguson used the opportunity to try to inspire his side back into the game against Blackpool after 52 minutes.

Ryan Broom replaced Joe Ward, shortly followed by a double change of Mo Eisa and Fraser Blake-Tracey replacing Sammi Szmodics and Niall
Mason.

However, the introductions of extra strike power in Eisa failed to influence Posh's attacking play, and the strikers failed to have a single shot on target throughout 85 minutes. The second-half performance was notably better than the first, but nowhere near good enough for a side aiming to finish top of League One.

Unbeaten record ended
Defeat at the Weston Homes Stadium meant Posh had fallen off the top spot of League One after Hull City’s victory over MK Dons, dropping Ferguson’s men to 2nd. However, the last minute goal by Madine ended Posh's unbeaten run at Weston Homes Stadium in 2020.

Posh will need to bounce back with another two home fixtures, starting with Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday and a FA Cup tie against Chorley the following Saturday.

He would have preferred to be heading into these fixtures with the unbeaten record at home still intact, instead, he will need to motivate his group of players to not fall deeper into this dreaded run of form.

Another week, another week of issues

It wouldn’t be matchday without problems on iFollow, and this afternoon stream was no different. Supporters – who are yet to be allowed back in the stadiums – would have experienced the opening 30 minutes of the audio and video out of sync, with the commentary announcing the goal 10 seconds before supporters were able to see Yates' strike.

Although the problem was fixed half-way through the first half, these problems on iFollow are consistently happening every weekend, ruining a spectator’s experience at home. It only intensifies the fans' desire to have a limited amount of supporters back in stadiums once – if – restrictions are
lifted on December 2.





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