Terry Pashley delivered exactly what Burnley fans had been looking for: defensive stability, writes Aidan Leape.
Burnley – The Theory
To shore up the defence, caretaker Pashley went with a 4-1-4-1 formation. Charlie Austin played up front on his own and Brian Stock sat just in front of the back four. In theory this should make Burnley difficult to break down and also give a target man.
Blackpool – The Theory
Ian Holloway went with a simple 4-4-2. He hoped that the raw pace and skill of Tom Ince at right midfield would trouble Ben Mee.
Burnley – The Reality
Brian Stock sat in front of the defence and not only brought defensive stability but also had the space to spread the ball to either wing. Tactically this was a genius move. With Stock spreading the ball a couple of times early on, Blackpool expected it to continue. Therefore, midfielders were sent to cover the wing backs and the midfield, at times, parted like the red sea allowing Burnley to play through.
Another pleasing tactical move was telling Lee Grant to distribute quickly. By playing out instantly we could feed quickly to the midfield. Also, when passing from the back was not an option, we were not afraid to hoof it forward and sometimes there’s nothing wrong with that.
Charlie Austin took his chance clinically as always and the defence worked really well.
Blackpool – The Reality
Tom Ince has had lots of praised heaped on him and rightly so as you can clearly see the skill he holds. Without seeing Blackpool every week I am unsure if he had an off day or if Ben Mee dominated him. What is certain is that he had little impact on the game and was substituted before the end.
Blackpool’s tactics were based on trying to get round the back of Burnley with long diagonals from the centre backs and midfielders. Some of these balls were very well controlled and threatened to penetrate, but Jason Shackell and Michael Duff had few problems.
Blackpool looked like a good team just suffering a slight lack of confidence. When Lee Grant made his stunning double save after a hour you could tell this wouldn’t be Blackpool’s night. Terry Pashley meanwhile would have been very happy with Burnley’s defensive stability. If the new manager can take this on and continue Charlie Austin’s hot streak, Burnley should certainly climb the table. Blackpool are a good side and will always be there or there about. One thought for Burnley to think about will be if Terry Pashley can bring in another three points on Tuesday. Surely then his name will be in the running.
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