Blackpool add further emphasis to their appalling disciplinary record

Blackpool picked up their seventh and eighth red cards on Saturday against Derby.

On Wednesday I wrote an article regarding Blackpool's terrible level of discipline. I suggested that they are the worst disciplined side in England. Blackpool fans disagreed, but on Saturday the Lancashire side proved me right.

As if losing 5-1 to Derby County wasn't bad enough, Blackpool ended the game with nine men. Neal Bishop and then Angel Martinez were dismissed on Saturday afternoon. Eight red cards in a whole season is something that any club should be ashamed of, but the fact The Seasiders have already amounted eight for the season by December shows that there must be something wrong at the club. This is as well as Paul Ince receiving a five match ban himself.

Whatever it is, Paul Ince, or someone higher up needs to address it now. Blackpool have had a superb start to the season otherwise, exceeding all expectations. They are currently in seventh position, but have the same points, 31, as the two sides above them; Reading and Nottingham Forest.

Paul Ince faces a major reshuffle of his squad now. They are without some key players for the next few games, and that is even less ideal over the Christmas period. Games come thick and fast over the festive period and every club needs as many players available as possible.

The lack of discipline could seriously harm Blackpool's season now. Results could drop without key players. Furthermore referees will be aware of their record so far this season, and will keep a  closer eye on their actions. They may be more susceptible to decisions going against them now, because of previous convictions.

Either way the fact they have already had eight red cards this season cannot be condoned, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Football League fined them for failing to control their players.

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