NO HID­ING FROM TRUTH FOR THE POOL

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

WHAT – you need me to give you one? That score­line says ev­ery­thing you need to know about th­ese two teams.

Black­pool are gone. Dead. Buried. Hope­less. Two years of ne­glect and un­der-in­vest­ment are fi­nally com­ing home to roost and they sim­ply did not have the qual­ity to com­pete with Bournemouth. When you’re putting in that much ef­fort and still shipping six, you may as well pack up.

Even their fans know it. “Have you seen a worse team than us?” one asked the Cher­ries’ press of­fice. “Well, we beat Birm­ing­ham 8-0,” he replied.

Bournemouth, by con­trast, are ir­re­sistible. In sea­sons past, a farm­yard pitch and a howl­ing gale would have sent their pass­ing game to pot. Here it had no im­pact at all. They kept pass­ing, kept break­ing, each player con­fi­dent in their abil­ity. There may be bet­ter de­fen­sive units in the di­vi­sion but no­body can hold a can­dle to the Cher­ries go­ing for­ward. Es­pe­cially Black­pool.

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