Neil Harris’ Lions claimed their second home league win on the bounce (and fourth in five in all competitions) on Saturday, as they brushed aside a hopeless Swindon Town, 2-0, costing Mark Cooper his job. Millwall racked up a whopping twenty attempts on target, but could only find their way past the Robins twice, thanks to strikes from Lee Gregory and Aiden O’Brien. This Tuesday, the Lions travel north to troubled Blackpool. Henry Woodsford takes up ‘The View From The Opposition’…
Name: Henry Woodsford
First Blackpool game: Back in 2001, when we were in League 2. ‘Pool won 2-0, but I can’t remember the opposition or scorers – I was only 7! I was hooked from that game, though.
Greatest moment following Blackpool: Beating Cardiff 3-2 at Wembley in 2010, to gain promotion to the Premier League. I get goosebumps just thinking about it!
Blackpool followed Millwall down to League One in May – just what is the aim for the Tangerines this season?: Simply to stay in League 1. I said before the season started that I thought we would suffer a double relegation, due to the well documented problems off the pitch and not enough quality on it. But, Neil McDonald seems to have turned a corner; three wins in a row have been backed up by a good point at Coventry – hopefully we can push on and move out of the bottom four. But, survival is still the main aim this year and would be a great achievement, when you look at the cards that McDonald has been dealt by the Oyston’s.
In conjunction with the last question, as briefly as is possible, sum up the Oyston situation and your personal thoughts towards it?: It’s very hard to keep this brief! There have been tensions between the Oyston family and ‘Pool supporters for over 30 years, but those tensions now seemed to have reached the point where nothing can be done to sort out this situation. The Oyston’s claim we are a ‘cash-rich’ club and even called us the ‘envy of the football league’, but when we most needed that cash (last season and now), not enough was spent to help the club avoid relegation to League 1. The Oyston family then resulted in suing fans who made derogatory comments about them online.
Have a look at this timeline Henry made, summing up last season’s campaign: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/448776/Blackpool-FC-201415-Season-The-Envy-of-the-Football-League/
Who are Blackpool’s ‘ones to watch’ on Tuesday night?: ‘Pool’s midfield is so impressive at the moment. Brad Potts on the right hand side of midfield has been outstanding since his summer switch from Carlisle. McDonald made him his number one target and you can see why – he has pace and a great work ethic, whilst also having the ability to score vital goals, too. Jim McAllister works tirelessly in the centre of the park, allowing Costa Rican international, Jose Cubero, to showcase his passing abilities.
Are there any Millwall players that you will be wary of?: Steve Morison always seems to cause us problems whenever we face him. Personally, I’ve always had a soft spot for Shaun Williams since his time at MK Dons; I think he’s a very underrated player, with a excellent set piece delivery and should be playing at a higher level than League 1. It should be an interesting battle between him and Cubero in the centre of midfield.
How do you see the game going?: I think Blackpool can sneak a win here. We now look very solid at the back and the squad is on a great run of form for the first time since McDonald came in. I expect striker Mark Cullen to bag his third goal in four league games and Brad Potts to keep up his impressive goal scoring record from midfield.
Score Prediction: Blackpool 2-0 Millwall.
Henry’s Team Prediction: Doyle; Boyce, Aldred, Robertson, Ferguson; Potts, McAllister, Cubero, Cameron; Cullen, Redshaw.
Bloomfield Road is the venue for Blackpool v Millwall this Tuesday, October 20th. Kick-off is at 7:45pm.