Blackpool’s attacking mentality spells a recipe for relegation

Will Holloway’s gung-ho approach will lead to doom?


It may sound a bit harsh to condemn Blackpool to relegation after a last minute loss to Aston Villa, especially after the Tangerines start to the season and after Holloway made 10 changes to the team that drew 2-2 with Everton.

Despite gaining plenty of plaudits for the way they approach matches, if Blackpool continue to play open, expansive football then Holloway’s side are destined to spend next season in the Championship.

Having started the season as pre-season favourites at 1/4 to be relegated, their positive start has seen that trimmed to 4/9 in the Barclays Premier League relegation betting market.

And having conceded 26 goals in 12 Premier League matches, the betting market is spot on with it’s prediction that Blackpool are the favourites to be relegated.

It has been said that the only way newly-promoted clubs could stay in the Premier League was if they could score goals.

Blackpool can certainly score goals with 19 in their 12 league games this term including six in their last three games.

But clean sheets are just as important as goals and Blackpool have kept just two clean sheets in the Premier League this season, meaning the goals they are scoring are being discounted by the opposition scoring more.

Holloway’s Brazilian approach to matches needs to be reassessed because while Blackpool can boast four wins and 14 points from 12 games, his side certainly do not have the stamina, or quality, to play with the ‘we’ll just score more goals than we concede’ mentality.

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4 responses so far
  • Lino // November 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Why do you care?

    Blackpool’s and other fans love the way that Blackpool play. We know we’re the favourites to go down, but if that happens, so be it.

    This is the best trip we’ve ever been on.

  • epiblast // November 11, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Their attacking play may cause them to go down, eventually. But not a quickly as Wigan or Wolves will.

  • Brian Sherrington // November 11, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    Well Mr Gilzene, I have to say I’m amazed at your ill informed ‘expert’ comment. You, and many other so called ‘experts’, continue to disregard the most obvious reason behind Blackpool’s excellent start to the Premier League adventure and that is the team ethic at the club. Where most Premier League teams have stars in abundance, many of them fail to fit in to a cohesive team structure. Blackpool, however, constantly strive to involve the whole team and produce vibrant, exciting football. Long may the ‘trip’ continue. Viva Ian Holloway.

  • Lee hatch // November 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    I’d love to see you say that to Ian Holloway, if you did you better have an escape route prepared..

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