Blackpool exited the FA Cup after a third round replay defeat to Championship side Reading at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening.
Simon Grayson named a strong starting XI for the game, with the likes of Armand Gnanduillet and Jay Spearing being included in the side.
On the other hand, Reading boss Mark Bowen made 11 changes to the side that drew with Nottingham Forest at the weekend, but the Royals dominated proceedings with their young squad.
Lucas Boye pounced on a mistake from the Blackpool defence who failed to clear their lines in the first-half, and Reading went from strength to strength after that.
Both Jordan Obita and Michael Olise both struck the woodwork, before the two combined to double Reading’s lead on the night.
Olise’s inch-perfect cross was met by Obita, who saw his header saved before bundling the ball home to see Reading progress to the fourth round.
We look at THREE things we learnt about Blackpool after this frustrating defeat to the Royals in the FA Cup.
Blackpool struggled to deal with Boye.
Even though Reading made 11 changes to their squad, there were a number of players with a point to prove to Mark Bowen for the remainder of this year’s league campaign.
Lucas Boye was one of them, and he kept the Blackpool defence on their toes throughout the course of the game.
The Torino loanee scored the opener as he fired home from close-range, and he proved to be a constant threat after that and is clearly growing in confidence.
Gnanduillet struggled to assert his dominance on the young Reading defenders.
It was a real miss-match in terms of height on the night when Blackpool’s Armand Gnanduillet came up against both Andre Burley and Tom McIntyre in the Reading defence.
But it was the young Royals defenders that got the better of the Tangerines striker, and they’ll be delighted to keep such a prolific forward quiet for the majority of the game on Tuesday.
Gnanduillet has scored 15 goals so far in all competitions this season, and he’ll be keen to get back on the scoresheet at the earliest of opportunities.
The pressure is growing on Simon Grayson.
Grayson made the bold call not to make too many changes to his side for this game, but it didn’t pay off.
Blackpool are currently in a poor run of form, and are now without a win in their last seven games in all competitions, which makes concerning reading for the Bloomfield Road faithful.
The Tangerines have slipped down to 13th in the League One table, and are five points adrift of the play-off places which is something that needs to be improved in the near future.
An FA Cup run would have been ideal for Grayson and the club’s supporters, but after this frustrating defeat, the pressure seems to be growing on the Blackpool boss.
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