Anders Lindegaard (8) (MOTM)* Returned from his long term injury and performed like he had never been away. He denied Almond with one stunning save in the first half and was the beneficiary of some woeful Blackpool finishing throughout the game and produced another fine save, again denying Almond, which sent the game into penalties where he was the star of the show, saving two. A great comeback performance and a well deserved clean sheet.
Marnick Vermijl (6): Another solid performance from Vermijl, but solid was all it was. He tended to drift in and out of the game and didn’t see as much of the ball as he usually does, which was more than likely down to our change of formation. Although his attacking threat was minimal, he dealt well defensively.
Scott Wootton (5) Was almost at fault for United conceding a goal early on when a lack of communication between him and centre half partner Reece Brown allowed Bednar in on goal. He did look shaky at times and he did struggle to cope with the big physical presence of Roman Bednar.
Reece Brown (6) Was quiet in this game as Blackpool went with one target man up top, and with Wootton more often than not marking that man, Brown was left covering any potential errors. At times his distribution was poor and there were moments when he sat off Blackburn midfielders and allowed them to shoot from distance but a solid performance none the less.
Luke Giverin (6) Luke, an under 18, coped considerably well with the step up from youth level, not looking out of place at all. He attacked whenever possible and his distribution and composure impressed me alot. Although he was caught ball watching once or twice, his great pace allowed him him to get back and retrieve possesion.
Jack Rudge (6) On the ball, he was very good as always, finding a team mate the vast majority of the time. But Jack did tend to drift in and out of the game hugely, going long periods without doing anything meaningful. The game did by pass him in parts but overall it was a good performance from another under 18 player.
Michele Fornasier (5) Playing in an unfamiliar defensive midfield role, Michele did OK. His immobility and poor off the ball movement meant that he was never really involved in any of our attacking moves. His performance was simple yet effective though, always opting for the simple pass. I would have like to have seen him dominate the midfield more and get more involved in the game.
Luke Hendrie (6) A good performance from Luke, covering every blade of grass and working tirelessly throughout. He reminds me of a young Darren Fletcher in the sense that he is forever running and will always give %100. Luke’s passing was very good, a player who will very rarely opt for the spectacular. Faded as the game game to wore on.
Charni Enkagemene (7) A game that could have been very difficult for Charni, being an under 18 and playing in an unfamiliar central midfield role. But he impressed me hugely. He was just sitting in midfield and making things tick, and he did it very well. His composure, combined with sudden bursts from midfield were a joy to watch. He was always looking for the ball and used it very wisely. Very good performance.
Robbie Brady (7) Had a very quiet first half, seeing little of the ball and never really had an opportunity to do anything meaningful with it. He was moved into an attacking midfield role for the second half and was very good. He was picking up great positions just in behind the Blackpool midfield and was always in space which allowed him to run at pace at their defence. They struggled to contain Brady in the second half, a half in which I saw a lot of promise in him.
Josh King (7) Really was forced to feed off scraps throughout, yet was still a threat. He almost scored a fine goal, but sadly shot straight at the keeper. Although he didn’t see a lot of the ball his surreal pace and determination to chase lost causes meant that the Blackpool defence were always kept on their toes.
Kenji Gorre (N/A) on for Jack Rudge.