The Harriers dropped out of the FA Cup at three quarters empty Bloomfied Road today when crisis torn Blackpool end our hopes with a 2-0 win. A win that they deserved merely for the fact that we didn't turn up. With Elton N'Gwatala back in the starting eleven the hope was in the Harriers fans hearts that with his mastery in midfield we could easily get a result in this cold and windswept half finished stadium.
It all looked promising when we started the game with a flourish and passed the ball round well leaving the Tangerines chasing shadows without actually getting anywhere near their goal. In fact it was hard to think of any real attempts on goal that could be classed as threatening to the Blackpool keeper.
Twenty seven minutes in the home side were awarded a throw in that was passed overhead by Kyle Vassell to the near post. The only head to be seen going for the ball was that of former Harriers hero Jamille Matt to send it home beyond the reach of Sam Hornby. The goal, to be honest came somewhat against the run of play.
Soon after his goal Matt went off injured to be replaced by Danny Philliskirk.
We rallied for a while following that goal but slowly the signs were starting to show of a naivety in our play and the urge to rush passes too much and then at the same time dither when in possession and so lose the ball far too easily. That naivety could be seen in the amount of times that Jordan Tunnicliffe opted to play the ball back to Hornby rather than start a creative move forward.
Ten minutes later and it was 2-0 when the highly rated Brad Potts fired towards goal to see it blocked by Keith Lowe on the edge of the area. The ball came back to Potts and this time he made no mistake dispatching it beyond Hornby for the second Blackpool goal.
The goal seemed to come as a hammer blow for the men in purple and until half time there was only one team in it. We tried to make headway against them but lacked the ideas on how to do it. Then again Blackpool didn't seem to have much of a clue either as most of their attempts on goal went high, wide and not so wonderful.