Blackpool Shock Liverpool To Give Holloway More Away Day Joy

QPR FC vs Blackpool FC Championship 08/08/09 Photo Nicky Hayes/Fotosports International Blackpool Manager Ian Holloway makes his point.
While most of the stories surrounding Blackpool’s shock win at Anfield will be angled at Liverpool’s disastrous performance, I feel the need to praise Ian Holloway’s Tangerines who continued their roller-coaster start to the season.

It’s now three wins away from Bloomfield Road for Holloway’s side, and for a team that many expected to be the whipping boys of the league, their start is nothing short of sensational.

Yes there have been times where Blackpool have looked woefully underequipped. Drubbings at Arsenal and Blackpool were a cruel awakening to the harsh realities of the Premier League.

But in both of these games Holloway stuck to his principles. The likeable boss has always insisted his side would look to attack and entertain, well seven games in they have done just that. Their open ways may have caught them out on both of their visits to the London big-guns, but you have to admire Holloway’s insistence on entertainment.

Attacking football will always bring vulnerability, but it will also bring goals, which in turn can bring unexpected results and more importantly points. It’s now three away wins from five games for Blackpool, a feat that many would have declared impossible before the start of the season.

Holloway admits the defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea may have benefited his side today: “I wanted us to play like that at Chelsea and Arsenal – we learnt from those losses, our game is all about keeping the ball and we stuck at it.”

“It was like a tidal wave coming at us at the end, so I’m just delighted to scrape the win, I’m so proud of the club. Our lads say we are OK away from home but now we need to sort out our home form.”

You have to admire Holloway for keeping his feet on the ground after such a marvellous win and acknowledging that there is still plenty of work to be done. But if Blackpool can keep chipping away at the magic 40 point target like they are, I see no reason why the Seasiders won’t be featuring on EPL Talk this time next year.

5 thoughts on “Blackpool Shock Liverpool To Give Holloway More Away Day Joy”

  1. Blackpool, team of destiny? Both goals were well-deserved, Gilks made numerous great plays in goal, and they fought hard all the way. Very enjoyable. Liverpool seems to have the same problem as last season, waiting for Gerrard to bail them out. He’s great, but he can’t do it all himself every game. The rest of the Reds need to step up.

  2. Phenomenal result yet one you could almost see which sums up Liverpool.
    Gilks is proving an excellent keeper this season.

    As for Liverpool – it cant get much worse – yet maybe it can as i think they visit Everton next. I cant see Hodgson getting sacked but if they lose that he’ll have the media and fans on his back till they string 2 wins together.

  3. A lot of luck for Blackpool thus far. The Wigan and Liverpool wins seem like a case of good timing; Wigan starting the season with an apparent lack of confidence, and Liverpool being distracted by the financial issues of the owners. They provide for a very exciting match, but my hope is that most of their remaining matches turn out more like the one today rather than the one last week against Blackburn.

  4. Nothing shocking about it. Blackpool simply have more heart and determination as a team than Liverpool do. It’s this that gave them the three points today. While Blackpool might not be fielding the kind of star names in their squad that Liverpool do, they are still a much better ‘team’ than Liverpool in that they know how to work as one.

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