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Spirit Of The Promoted Trio

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Blackpool may have got their first home league win in the Premier League after they edged past West Brom. But the 2-1 win was a lot closer than many would have expected after the Baggies were reduced to ten men during the first half.

While many would have predicted a very comfortable win for the hosts, what followed was an incredibly spirited display that really sums up the attitude of Roberto Di Mateo’s side since their return to the Premier League.

Their never say die attitude and insistence on playing football in the right way may have seen them take a heavy beating by Chelsea on the opening day but ever since then the Baggies have been excellent.

In fact the same can pretty much be said for Blackpool and Newcastle United. All three of the promoted sides have played without fear, a method that while obviously is not without its risks, has managed to guide all three clubs to top half positions at the quarter point of the Premier League campaign.

Newcastle aside you could have probably forgiven the promoted sides for been intimidated by the task of competing in the Premier League. So often promoted sides arrive in the top flight only to find themselves overawed, and as a result play negative football, which ultimately leads to problems.

This categorically hasn’t happened this season and the rest of the Premier League must be concerned by the impressive start that the promoted clubs have made. In most seasons you can normally say that at least one of the relegation places will be taken up by one of the promoted sides but if all three stay up, then it begs the question, who does go down?

There will be plenty of sides in the Premier League nervously looking over their shoulder this year, and it is all but certain that we will see an established Premier League side relegated come May. You really couldn’t predict who at this stage, but there is sure to be plenty of drama ahead as the scrap for survival develops and as a neutral it will be fascinating to watch.

But one thing that is for sure is that Blackpool, West Brom and Newcastle have all shown clubs in the Championship the exact way of adapting to life in the Premier League. The key to success is bravery.

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  1. David

    November 2, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I think the new sides a re a breath of fresh air – all play good football, incisive, quick, some real stars emerging such as carroll, brunt etc.. and some established premiership teams will be looking over their shoulders at the drop zone when you would originally assume the new sides would occupy those places, a great effort from them so far

  2. Blue and white 4 ever

    November 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    As an Albion fan i was gutted at how the game panned out,but very pleased at the way our 9 men dug in and pulled a goal back and could of even got a draw at the end,just shows that when you think your down and out,we pull out that never say die spirit,and give everything for the team.
    On the other hand i like an under-dog like Blackpool to do well and stick the v’s up to all those that said they would go down into league one,only to be promoted to the prem,and i hope thats where they stay,they have great team spirit and a great manager who says it like it is,so i can’t think of anyone better to drop points to,but lets not make a habit of it.Boing Boing.

    • John Aspinall

      November 2, 2010 at 7:19 am

      Thanks for kind words mate, hope you stay up as well, Im 100% certain you will – your boys showed a never-say-die attitude yesterday. Karma played a part yesterday though as we are due some decisions against you given the shocking decisions we got against us last season both times we played you!

  3. John Aspinall

    November 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I was at the game today, hats off to West Brom who gave it a real go with nine men and were unlucky not to get anything out of the game. I think if they had 11 players on the pitch they may have turned the ‘Pool over.

    But on the flip side of the coin, we have played Man City, Blackburn and Fulham off the park in all of our three home games this season and got a solitary point from those three game so we are due a slice of luck! Plus we were the victim of aweful refereeing decisions against them last season in both games so swings and roundabouts!

    Have a listen to my Blackpool FC podcast – the Seasiders Podcast to find out more about the mighty Seasiders, the smallest club in the EPL but with the biggest heart. We will be reviewing the WBA match tomorrow so stay tuned!

    • Martin

      November 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm


      Can you post a proper link to the podcast. I’m new to the EPL and follow Arsenal but absolutely love Blackpool’s story and how they are playing the game. I’d like to follow them as well.

      • John Aspinall

        November 2, 2010 at 7:15 am

        Hi Martin,

        Dont know why the link didnt work but here it is again and in cut and paste form:


        We are on iTunes, Facebook and Twitter also, all details of how to get involved in the ‘Seasiders’ community are on the site. Would great to get some new followers from ‘across the pond’! Leave us some comments on our blog and in iTunes and let us know where your’e from and what you think of Blackpool’s David and Goliath story.

        And we did an episode specifically at the Arsenal game when you beat us 6-0! You can here us talking about our thoughts in the pub after the game on this show!


  4. The Gaffer

    November 1, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I joined the game on while it was already in progress, about 20 minutes in, and I saw the 1-0 scoreline. But not knowing what had transpired in the opening part of the match, West Brom looked like the more dangerous of the sides.

    So I was surprised a few minutes later to find out that West Brom was playing with nine men. They looked better than the 11 men of Blackpool at that point in the game.

    The Gaffer

  5. jose

    November 1, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    i agree james, west brom today showed me what their made of, by the way is derby the team a couple of years back that had the all time fewest points in the history of the premiership.

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