Blackpool lost 0-3 to Luton Town at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Sonny Bradley, Elijah Adebayo and Jordan Clark made the difference for the visitors as the Seasiders paid the price for a lack of cutting edge and poor defending for two of the goals.

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Here are our ups and downs:

Ups

Ryan Wintle being Ryan Wintle

The on-loan Cardiff midfielder had one of his best games in a Blackpool shirt.

He was the hub of Blackpool's proficient build-up play, quickly distributing into progressive areas and providing a link between defence and attack so the Seasiders could play through the thirds.

In a game where he was up against a tough, pressing unit in Luton, Wintle was calm under pressure and without him the ability to get the ball into dangerous areas would've been much more limited.

Board members at Bloomfield Road need to start blocking Wales-based numbers before the January window opens so any fears of a Cardiff recall can go away.

Getting in the right areas

Much like the Birmingham game, Blackpool found themselves consistently in dangerous areas with an opportunity to produce in the final third.

The longer this drought in quality up top goes on, the more frustrating this element will become because, in terms of general build-up play, the Seasiders are playing some of their best stuff.

They look much more fluid in possession, happy to take risks in central areas to break a press or play through tight opponents, rather than aimless direct balls particularly in the first half.

Should the cutting edge come, then Neil Critchley's side can rely on being fed the ball in the final third consistently from midfield.

Downs

Defending from wide areas

Despite looking like this weakness was behind them after the West Brom game and much of the Birmingham defeat, Blackpool's inability to defend set pieces and goals from crosses came to the fore once more.

The opener was entirely avoidable as Chris Maxwell misjudged the flight of the ball in windy conditions, leaving him out of position as Sonny Bradley nodded in at the back post.

James Husband could be called into question for that goal as he appeared to drag Owen Dale over to mark Bradley, before going on to mark zonally himself, leaving Dale outmatched for height.

That was Blackpool's eighth set piece goal conceded in 21 league games, add to that the number of goals conceded from wide areas in open play and there is a clear susceptibility to this approach.

And the second goal brought about that same hesitation from an open play cross as Elijah Adebayo took advantage of Reece James' positional sense and Maxwell's uncertainty coming off his line to extend the lead.

How the Tangerines can address that is hard to answer because they generally defend well and their positional sense in open play is fine but reacting to late runs into the box seems to cause problems.

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Lack of cutting edge

Today seemed like as good a time as any for Blackpool to put their goal scoring issues behind them but it wasn't to be.

As noted, the Seasiders build-up play opened up a number of avenues in dangerous areas for a route to goal but none of the attacking players starting or brought on later stepped up to the plate when they were needed.

The build-up play was fluid and the movement from the forward players especially the likes of Owen Dale and Keshi Anderson, enabled space to open up in order to break the lines and force into the box.

But as has been the case in recent weeks, the Tangerines were wasteful or snatched at chances with a lack of composure in key moments compared to Luton being the difference maker.

Yes Blackpool are playing some lovely football at times but if they can't breakthrough sooner rather than later, then the rest of the Championship will not wait about for them.

Derby away has to be the start of an upturn in final third quality.

Too many wingers who don't deliver consistently

Blackpool have plenty of wingers on the books.

Demetri Mitchell, Josh Bowler, Owen Dale and CJ Hamilton are the four natural wide players in the squad, with Keshi Anderson and Tyreece John-Jules probably seeing their natural positions as more central.

The four natural wingers in 24 starts, alongside 19 substitute appearances, have provided a total of two goals and three assists between them.

Now, they clearly offer much more than that in terms of leading the press and linking up play to get into dangerous areas, but there has to be more consistent quality than that from wide areas if Blackpool want to step-up their goal scoring exploits.

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