Blackpool exited the FA Cup last night following a comfortable 2-0 win for Championship outfit Reading at Bloomfield Road.
Goals from Lucas Boye and Jordan Obita guided a Royals side showing eleven changes from the team that drew 1-1 with Nottingham Forest on Saturday into the fourth round and a home tie with either Cardiff City or Carlisle United.
The Seasiders started the game poorly and failed to muster a shot on target in a woeful first-half display. They improved after the break, forcing a couple of decent saves from Reading keeper Sam Walker but the loss leaves Simon Grayson’s men without a win since they beat Fleetwood 3-1 in early December, a run of seven games.
After being amongst the early season pacesetters in League One, they have since slipped to thirteenth in the table and face a tricky trip at the weekend to take on an improving Lincoln side that slammed five past Bolton last night.
Many Blackpool fans are losing patience with Simon Grayson, and they were not slow to voice their opinion when they took to social media to react to the result. Plenty of supporters were critical of his tactics and perceived uninspiring demeanour, and it is clear the pressure is mounting on the former Sunderland boss.
Here is a selection of responses to the latest defeat on Twitter.
Give Grayson his P45 #GraysonOut
— Chris Williams (@ChrisBFC1996) January 14, 2020
Grayson stood on the touchline looking absolutely clueless, devoid of ideas and passion. Hardly inspiring
— morty1953 ?? ??????? (@morty1953) January 14, 2020
Club going backwards not forwards! If you want to keep the attendances up, get rid of Grayson now! We pay to see entertainment and passion, regardless of the result, fans will always applaud having a go!
— Ryan Noon ??? (@frontendryno) January 14, 2020
Can he exit the club, rapid
— Chris Williams (@ChrisBFC1996) January 15, 2020
Tatical genius is our Simon
— Tom hampson (@Tomhampson4) January 14, 2020
Grayson tacticly inept embarrassing no clue in how to change formation
— Kelvin nelson (@Kelvinnelson96) January 14, 2020
It's not the team it's you Simon you need to go #graysonout
— Jonny Burke (@jonnyb7713) January 14, 2020
That has to be the worst performance of the season so far. No idea from Back to front it's time to go Mr Grayson. Useless.
— Ian Brookes (@IanBrookes3) January 14, 2020
— Thomas Sleet (@Sleet_Thomas) January 14, 2020