Tactics report: Burnley 1-0 Blackpool

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Aidan Leape October 21, 2012
Blackpool never played a 4-4-2, more like a 4-2-3-1, Taylor-Fletcher ... 3 years ago

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.

Do you agree with Aidan? Did Pashley get his tactics right? Comment below. 

  • Fyldeclaret

    Blackpool were more 433/451 can recall 442

    • Flydeclaretin reply to Fyldeclaret

      Oops, cant recall 442 from the off

  • Mike Mada

    So, this begs the question with Stock, who was supposedly bought for just this reason.

    Why has it taken until now, with all the frustration and heartache, for the penny to drop?

    Maybe we’ll never know. But it might change our season.

    More of the same please, whoever it is.

    • Aidan Leapein reply to Mike Mada

      You could see Stock had been short of some match fitness but now he looks nearly 100%. The only problem was, at times, his passing was almost to intricate and clever for the rest. I’m sure well be able to live with that though.

  • Aidan Leape

    I think it was a 4-4-2 but it was freeish. Ince stuck to his wing and the rest mingled about. Generally it was a 4-4-2 from my view at Tur. At points midfielders filtered into a front 3 but as there set up formation, to me, it was a 4-4-2

  • john pollard

    I think that Burnley dominated for 55 minutes and then Blackpool had their turn for a torrid 20minutes as often happens. I thought Ince was not only talented but dangerous. Mee got a yellow card for trying to remove inces shirt (nice nutmeg too!)
    I agree Stock made a difference and I suspect his tiring was part of why blackpool got back into the game. A mention too jor Junior, who looks all talent and was unlucky not to beat Gikes with a subtle flick (my abilities only stretch to a good low welly from that position) Crosses need a bit of work too.
    So for anhour I thought Burnley were good. You can tell Blackppool have a more recent premier league style and I certainly wouldnt be despondent if I were a seasider. Latterly burnley ran out of ideas and gave posessiion away. Pato worked hard as written and he would always be my pick for the bloke next to me in the trenches. Austin worked really hard and made an awesome team contribution-but so diid MCCann and others. Vokes is a great option for times when you need someone to hold up the ball and stop that process of the ball coming back at you relentlessly when ur under the pump.
    Overall well done. Workmanlike , honest with some nice touches and solid performance. But not promotion stuff I’m afraid. Well done to terry pashley but if I were him I wouldnt risk the stress. He clearly loves his role at youth level and he is producing results. I hope he preserves the integrity of his coronary arteries and stays away from being full time manger

  • Chris Ellis

    Blackpool never played a 4-4-2, more like a 4-2-3-1, Taylor-Fletcher was the one who got them going and with Phillips and Ince the danger men, was very happy when he took both the latter 2 off at once helping us see the game out relatively easily.

    Stock was quality and was surprised when he went off but could understand it with the pace of Bartley when we went to narrow the midfield and make it difficult. Good performance all round.

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