Are Blackpool dark horses for the League One play-offs? Leading EFL pundit has his say

A leading EFL pundit believes Blackpool fans have a good case to argue their club is going "under the radar" in their bid to finish in the League One play-offs.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 11:11 am

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It comes after the Seasiders extended their unbeaten run to nine games on Saturday with a 2-0 win against potential top six rivals Oxford United.

The victory, Pool's fourth on the bounce away from home, closed the gap to the play-offs to just three points, with Neil Critchley's side still having games in hand on a number of sides ahead of them in the table.

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In fact, should Blackpool beat high-flying Peterborough United tomorrow night, they will climb up into the top six for the first time this season.

The Seasiders' impressive form was discussed on Saturday night on Quest's EFL highlights show.

"Talking about Blackpool...I don't like the phrase 'under the radar', this league is a bit chaotic with the games in hand, but they're definitely being overlooked," presenter Colin Murray said.

EFL pundit Ali Maxwell replied: "I feel like at any given time there's about 25 sets of fans who thinks their club is under the radar, but Blackpool fans probably have the best case at the moment.

The Seasiders sit just three points adrift of the play-offs with games in hand to play

"They've got 25 points from their last 12 games, Sunderland and Burton have the same amount of points but there's no-one better than that.

"They've only conceded five goals in those 12 games as well, so they're in really good form at the moment.

"In Dan Ballard (who scored Blackpool's second goal against Oxford), they've got a young central defender on loan from Arsenal and some people are calling him the future of the Northern Ireland team."

"Don't get me over-excited", Northern Irish presenter Murray interjected.

"But he's looking really good," x continued.

"They're missing seven first-team players through injury at the moment, but in the summer they did so much transfer business and we all thought to ourselves 'how are you going to fit them all in?'

"Well it turns out it's quite helpful when you've got a big injury crisis to have the depth and quality they have."

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