THIS was about as miserable as a trip to the British seaside can get.
THIS was about as miserable as a trip to the British seaside can get.Peterborough United did absolutely nothing to improve the entertainment on offer in a town where such dubious talents as Roy 'Chubby' Brown and Freddie Starr were on the menu at the weekend.
In fact they did virtually nothing impressive at all while producing a performance more excruciating than illuminating in the resort famed for its lights. It was dreary, depressing and downright disappointing stuff.
This football match was won by a team that played at a decent tempo, passed slickly and broke incisively with some rapid attackers.
Ferguson after Blackpool defeat: We were suicidal.
Those three points are all key parts of the Darren Ferguson managerial mantra, but on Saturday they were ingredients sadly missing from his side's display - as was the ability to defend.
Posh appeared to go from the sublime to the ridiculously sloppy in the space of four days despite lining up with the same midfield 'diamond' seen to such good effect of late.
They were embarrassed twice inside the opening 11 minutes to be left facing the sort of mountain that even Edmund Hilary would struggle to climb.
From the moment lumbering Blackpool left-back Stephen Crainey was allowed to deliver a third-minute cross onto the head of Jason Euell, it had the makings of a miserable afternoon.
Euell was watched by both Craig Morgan and Gaby Zakuani, but challenged by neither as he rose to steer a header past a motionless Joe Lewis.
The Posh defence still hadn't found its bearings when Brett Ormerod scampered into the box and rifled wide of the near post. They got away with it on that occasion – moments later they did not.
Hameur Bouazza managed to follow up an extravagant nutmeg of Tom Williams by guiding an exquisite finish past Lewis from a seemingly impossible angle.
It was defending filled with so many horrors you couldn't help suspect that Posh were fielding Freddie Kruger and the Hannibal Lecter at the back. Perhaps his players were not concentrating during Ferguson's latest pleas to cut out such lapses.
Posh were also abysmal in the first half against Reading but produced a quite stunning turnaround so all hope was not lost despite this most ignominious of starts. But lightning never really looked like striking twice.
Craig Mackail-Smith's failure to apply the killer touch from eight yards when presented with a golden chance to level inside 90 seconds of Posh falling behind hardly helped matters.
Blackpool keeper Paul Rachubka stretched out a leg to make that save. He later burst from his line to kick the ball off George Boyd's toe after a neat Lee Frecklington pass.
The two Posh players swapped roles as another golden chance went begging five minutes before the break with Frecklington volleying over a Boyd flick.
A goal then may have made things very different. It would certainly have ensured the second half wasn't the non-event that followed.
A home side basically content to sit on their advantage created little and were caused few problems by a Posh team lacking their usual spark and having now ditched their diamond. 'Like a five-a-side' was Ferguson's rather accurate assessment of the final chunk of a match he will wish to forget as soon as possible.
His men did begin brightly after the break. Aaron Mclean was millimetres away from getting his head on a Boyd delivery before a goalbound header from the wideman was hooked clear by defender Rob Edwards.
But chances were at a premium at both ends. The classy Charlie Adam was a whisker away from increasing Posh's arrears before substitute Krystian Pearce almost marked his first Championship appearance for the club by laying the opportunity for a third goal on a plate for home substitute Ben Burgess. Lewis came to the rescue with an excellent save, but the damage had long been done.
It was instantly forgettable stuff – apart from for one man. Forty year-old mascot Paul Myland (an honour apparently received for recently fathering a child) is probably the only person from this part of the world that will have any fond memories of the occasion.
GOALS: Blackpool – Euell (3 mins), Bouazza (11 mins).
Referee: Anthony Bates (Staffordshire) 7
Attendance: 7,728 (762 Posh).
JOE LEWIS 6
Questionable role in both goals but one excellent save late on
RUSSELL MARTIN 6
Best performer in the back four. Could have offered more attacking wise
TOM WILLIAMS 5
Badly beaten for second goal and well below his best
CRAIG MORGAN 5
Poor defensive display by his high standards. Distribution not great either
GABY ZAKUANI 5
Uncharacteristically poor performance. Appeared shaky and panicky with the ball and substituted
PAUL COUTTS 5
Passed poorly and rarely influenced the game
TOUMANI DIAGOURAGA 5
Never shirked a tackle, but positional play and passing can both be much better
LEE FRECKLINGTON 6
Busy in midfield, but missed excellent chance just before half-time
GEORGE BOYD 6
Always looked likeliest to unlock their defence, despite limited time with the ball
CRAIG MACKAIL-SMITH 5
Typically strong shift but couldn't take early chance to level and little went right
AARON MCLEAN 5
Found it tough going up top with shortage of service a concern
Chris Whelpdale (for Coutts 46 mins): Little joy out wide or when roving centrally 5
Shaun Batt (for Frecklington 72 mins).
Krystian Pearce (for Zakuani 68 mins).
Dean Keates (unused).
Tommy Rowe (unused).
Jamie Day (unused).
James McKeown (unused).
Paul Rachubka 6
Neal Eardley 6
Stephen Crainey 6
Rob Edwards 6
Alex Baptiste 7
Hameur Bouazza 8
Keith Southern 7
David Vaughan 6
Charlie Adam 7
Brett Ormerod 7
Jason Euell 8
Ben Burgess (for Ormerod 62 mins).
Al Bangura (for Adam 80 mins).
Ashley Eastham (for Eardley 18 mins) 6
Billy Clarke (not used).
Joe Martin (not used).
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (not used).
Matt Gilks (not used).