Have to agree with you Robin. It wasn't a case of Blackpool being better than us per say but more we were not as good as them tactically. I have been saying for a while that trying to fit VDV in the side makes it unbalanced. He wanders around not really contributing to much and certainly not getting in the box to support the other striker, whilst leaving the MF over run because we insist on playing two wide men.
In theory our squad should be good enough to get 4th but our strike force is too weak and undermanned, our goalie is too error prone and our tactics/team selection and formation is not equipped to beat sides that fill the MF.
Yes we look good attacking down the wings - very gung ho and exciting - but what then? We can't cross the ball very well and when we do there is nobody there to score. Whats the point in that?
Lastly, we have no end of MF's sitting on the bench including Kranjcar and Pienaar (who have not been given enough pitch time IMO because Arry insists on the two wide players thing) but we are at bare bones when it comes to defenders. Why? We all knew we had an injury problem at the back but we did nothing about it. Instead we buy Pienaar and then don't play him - great!!