The second period didn't open too badly - Arron Davies made a weaving run through the centre of the park, seeing off a succession of challenges as he headed towards the Westland Stand. Play really opened up for him, but his eventual shot was a little too straight - making it relatively comfortable for keeper Paul Rachubka to collect the attempt.
But overall Yeovil weren't as sharp as they were in the first period, standing off far more than they had been and allowing Blackpool a fair bit of time on the ball. That somewhat lax start was to see Yeovil punished as Blackpool mounted a rare attack that was to be crucial. Martin Cranie failed to cut out a crossfield ball to Wes Hoolahan and as he exchanged passes with David Fox, the ball was thread through to Andrew MORRELL who instantly lashed the ball home from 12 yards out to give Blackpool the lead.
Being now up against it, the Glovers should have had a clear lifeline, when full-back Shaun Barker, already on a booking, committed an act of sheer stupidity out by the Westland Terrace touchline. Arron Davies had possession and tried to squeeze along the line, but Barker stuck out his elbow, made contact with the Yeovil winger's face, and the only real surprise was that referee Paul Armstrong didn't consider a straight red card offence. But Barker still walked for a second yellow card, and theoretically Yeovil now had a route back into the game. Hoolahan was immediately sacrificed as Michael Jackson wa brought on to fill in at the back and the challenge was for Yeovil to break Blackpool down.
The Glovers also reshuffled, bringing on Adam Rooney for him to make his debut, with Scott Guyett's exit seeing a formation reshuffle to fit in the extra forward. The Glovers have not exactly excelled this season when going a goal down at home, but with the extra man and the extra forward you would have thought this would be the exception to the rule. Sadly not so. Having spent most of the game following a rearguard action, Blackpool suddenly had an air of swagger about them - passing the ball around better than they had done at any other time in the game, and despite Yeovil getting the ball into the box on occasions, it rarely went within a mile of a green and white shirt in doing so.
Jean-Paul Kalala shot from distance in what seemed to be a sign of desperation creeping in as time ticked down rapidly as both sides made their substitutions - Blackpool in an effort to wind down the clock and Yeovil in an effort to get even more forward-thinking players on the pitch. But it was Yeovil's lack of invention that was the most frustrating out there. At times the positional sense of the players had to be questioned - on one occasion Marcus Stewart appeared to be the only player in the box when the ball was being pushed forward down the centre. A left-wing pass into space seemed to be the obvious move - but there was no left-winger! So Stewart moved out wide to collect the ball successfully, but that then left the problem that Marcus can't be in two places at once and with no Yeovil bodies in the penalty box where it mattered, there was nothing Stewart could do but to play it backwards.
It also says a lot that the nearest Yeovil came to scoring was from Steve Mildenhall! He pushed forward for a last minute corner, and his looping header went clean over keeper Paul Rachubka, but defender Claus Bech Jorgensen was covering on the line and headed the ball clear for a corner. Then in the third minute of injury time, Yeovil's puzzling attitude to getting the ball into the box was shown up again when with what was destined to be the last kick of the game and everyone up for a corner in a packed penalty box, the Glovers decided to play a short corner! Blackpool came out in numbers, closed down the guilty pair and any hope of getting the ball into the box was lost - along with the game.
Another 0-1 home defeat was inevitable, and whilst Steve Mildenhall was a spectator for the majority of the match, Blackpool keeper Paul Rachubka was hardly troubled - particularly in the second half when Yeovil should have been turning the screw on their visitors, but strangely never did. Their punishment was to be Sunday training - and if Russell Slade has watched the same game I did, then the one key thing he would have worked on during their "day off" would be the delivery of the ball into the box and the moves of player to get themselves on the end of the ball in that area. Yeovil need their player to deliver dangerous balls into the box and need players willing to attack the ball when those crosses are delivered. They seem to be able to do that away from home, but when at Huish Park the away sides pack the goalmouth, they seem unable or unwilling to do that, and that is the puzzle that Russell Slade needs to unravel during the final eight games of the League One season.