Blackpool marched into the play-off positions in the Sky Bet League One on Tuesday night. Two goals by Jerry Yates and a single from Luke Garbutt was enough to seal the three points for the Seasiders in a bid to challenge for Championship football next season. Blackpool made it two wins on the bounce, now unbeaten in their last 10 games.
The Seasiders started the game with intent scoring in just the first minute, the goal assisted by Sullay Kaikai to give the Tangerines the perfect start in the contest. Yates’ 15th goal in all competitions would be a ball picked up 20 yards out from goal, the attacker finding the bottom corner. It was the persistence by Kaikai in the build up that was central to the creation of the finish. Yates continued to look energetic in the opening minutes for Blackpool turning his man on the edge of the box, but blasting his shot wide.
Peterborough United's first real sight on goal would come in the 24th minute, Sam Szmodics blasting his shot wide. But it was just before half time where Peterborough would land their own sucker punch, Joe Ward smashing into the bottom far corner on the volley, to equalise for the Posh. In the 52nd minute of the second half Blackpool did go ahead from the penalty spot, Yates converting comfortably to score Blackpool's second of the night.
Six minutes later Garbutt made sure of the victory scoring two goals in two home games whipping his shot into the top corner with the help of a slight deflection. The Posh huffed and puffed late on but defeat beckoned in sight, although they had the ball in the net in the 86th minute, the flag up for offside breaking hearts within the Peterborough ranks.
Following the 3-1 score line, both boss spoke to club media and gave their thoughts on the performance during the 90 minutes.
Critchley was thrilled with the performance and praised the players’ effort
"It was a fantastic performance and a deserved three points. The physical effort of the players was outstanding and tactically we were brilliant. I've got nothing but praise for the character within the squad. We're missing a number of players at the moment, and for us to play against a side as good as Peterborough and play how we played is so pleasing."
He was aware the first half in the game was vital
"We were very good in the first half. Jerry scored a great goal to put us in front straight away. Their goal on half time was a real sickener, as I don't think we deserved to concede a goal. That didn't effect us though. We came out for the second half and were on the front foot from the off and eventually saw the game out relatively comfortably. I couldn't be happier."
Ferguson admits the team were punished at the back and just weren't at the races
"It is quite simple, we are conceding too many goals that are so avoidable. We are making too many individual and team mistakes and we are getting punished. We were so poor technically tonight, our passing was very poor. It was a bad night and I have to make sure I get the players doing the basics, because we have lost 11 goals in five games. That is far too many. However we are still in a good position with 10 games to go."
Blackpool have Plymouth Argyle up next on Saturday afternoon at Bloomfield Road in the Sky Bet League One, with Swindon Town on the fixture list away from home on April 2 at the County Ground.
Peterborough United on the other hand face Accrington Stanley at home on Saturday afternoon and an away trip to Fleetwood Town at the Highbury Stadium also on the list on April 2.