Brett Ormerod column: Blackpool's midweek point brought some positives

Blackpool will have been frustrated to be pegged back by Crewe Alexandra late on in the game on Tuesday night, but a point keeps their run going.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 12:30 pm

Crewe are a really good side and are playing some good stuff at the moment.

I watched them recently against Accrington Stanley and they were absolutely fantastic, so it was never going to be an easy game.

It’s always disappointing when you concede near the end, especially when you’re winning, but it isn’t a bad result given the scoreline against Charlton Athletic at the weekend.

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Had they done it the other way around, drawn at Charlton and beaten Crewe, everyone would have been happy.

That isn’t to say fans aren’t happy, but psychology can be important. It’s four points from six, and if they can win against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, they’re in really good form.

My ex-teammate Dave Artell is the manager of Crewe and he’s done a great job.

I watched them earlier in the season when Blackpool drew 1-1 at Gresty Road, and on that day, Blackpool were by far the better side.

Crewe have come on a lot and they’ve claimed some decent results in recent weeks against some sides at the top.

It was never going to be an easy game as Crewe have some really, really talented football players, as always seems to be the case.

So a draw isn’t the worst result in the world. It keeps the run going at least.

If Blackpool can beat Wimbledon, it becomes a really useful point.

It’s going to be a tough game against Wimbledon, a different type of game against a side that are down there fighting for their lives.

There are no easy games in this division, but if Blackpool play to their potential and continue to play the way they’ve been performing in recent weeks, then I’d expect them to beat them.

The Seasiders haven’t lost at home since October, which is a great run considering there haven’t been any fans inside Bloomfield Road.

I’m not too surprised though, because Blackpool have become a really difficult team to beat.

Earlier in the season they might have been a bit more naive than they are now, but they’re learning and adapting to the level.

They’ve had to grow up quickly and now they’re getting better with every game.

They were in really good form against Charlton last weekend.

I watched the first game between the two sides at Bloomfield Road, which was actually the last time Blackpool were beaten at home, and Charlton looked a really good team that day.

They looked like a team that would be there or thereabouts, so I’m a little surprised they’ve dropped off a little bit – but to go there and win 3-0 is a very good result.

Neil Critchley will be delighted to have CJ Hamilton back from injury after the winger returned against Crewe on Tuesday night.

He gives you a different dimension, he gives you something no-one else in the squad does.

He’s so quick, but it isn’t all about his speed, he’s also a player who was getting better with every game up until his injury in December.

He was cutting in from that right-hand side whereas he used to head down the touchline before that.

He was scoring goals, creating goals and you could see the improvements he was making.

It was a huge shame he suffered the injury because he was a massive player for Blackpool, but that’s football. Injuries happen.

It’s fantastic to have him back anyway and I’m sure he’ll be a big player for the Seasiders between now and the end of the season.

In other news, I’m now working with the club on a new preview show they launched before last week’s game against Charlton.

I’m really enjoying it and it seems to have gone down well with the supporters.

I’ll be on every now and then and there will be other people presenting as well with Ged Mills.

I’m just happy to be involved and I’m looking forward to seeing how it progresses.

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