Blackpool continued their impressive recent form on Saturday afternoon, as they beat AFC Wimbledon 2-0 to climb to fifth in the current League One standings.
Both goals came in the second half courtesy of the Tangerines top scorer so far this season, Armand Gnanduillet, with the result meaning that Simon Grayson’s side have now won their last four games in all competitions.
One thing that is likely to have been particularly pleasing for those of a Blackpool persuasion on Saturday is the contribution of Gnanduillet himself, who looks likely to be a key man for the Seasiders this season as they aim to compete for promotion to the Championship.
So how good was Gnanduillet’s all-round display against Wimbledon on Saturday?
Here, we put the spotlight on the striker’s performance from that game, in order to find out.
Although he didn’t quite make it through the 90 minutes on Saturday, it seems as though Grayson was reluctant to withdraw Gnanduillet until the three points were secured on Saturday, and the stats from the striker’s performance against Wimbledon certainly suggest that was the right approach to take.
With his two goals on Saturday bringing up his ninth and tenth league goals of the season, Gnanduillet has now equalled his most prolific ever league return in terms of goals, after just 16 games of the current campaign – matching the ten he notched for the Seasiders in the whole of last season.
That is a record that goes to show just how good a vein of form Gnanduillet is currently in at the minute, not least when you consider the fact that his expected goals tally on Saturday was just 0.66, which highlights just how useful his ability to find the net from difficult positions could be for Blackpool this season, given that without him, they may have been coming away with just a solitary point on Saturday.
Indeed, with Gnanduillet finding the net with both his shots on target at Bloomfield Road over the weekend, it seems the 27-year-old was in an especially clinical mood against Wimbledon.
Another aspect of Gnanduillet’s performance on Saturday that is particularly impressive, is the apparent desire he showed to make a direct impact on the course of the game.
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Having registered nine touches in Wimbledon’s penalty area during his time on the pitch, Gnanduillet certainly appeared keen to get into the right sort of positions to put the ball in the back of the net, something he was able to do for both of his and his side’s goals.
Furthermore, with a pass success rate of 81%, Gnanduillet also appears to have been fairly reliable when it comes to linking up with his teammates on Saturday, thus reducing the risk of conceding possession cheaply and handing Wimbledon an opportunity on the counter-attack.
It seems therefore, as though Saturday brought about another big performance from Blackpool’s key man this season, which played a big role in helping them pick up another three points in the race for promotion.
If Gnanduillet can continue to come up with contribution like that throughout the course of the campaign, then that is a race that Blackpool still have a good chance of being successful in.