Saturday, 21 May 2011

Survival for Blackpool?

Going back on my statement in the piece on Blackburn's survival chances, I've decided that this series wouldn't be complete without looking at the Seasiders themselves. So here goes...

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Rival for Survival - Wolverhampton Wanderers

Birmingham City were the last team in focus, now it's time to examine their local rivals Wolves, who must face another team in trouble, Blackburn Rovers, at Molineux on the final day.

Rival for Survival - Birmingham City

In the previous article the focus was on Wigan's final game of the season at Stoke. Now it's the turn of Birmingham to come under the spotlight ahead of their trip to Tottenham.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Rival for Survival - Wigan Athletic

As we enter the final days of the Premier League season, five teams are still fighting relegation to the Championship. Over the course of the next few days I'll be profiling each of Blackpool's rivals and explore what we can expect on Sunday. First up, it's Wigan Athletic.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Seaside Strategy - Bolton Wanderers Home

If you were to try to explain to someone the best and worst of Blackpool's debut Premier League season, the easiest thing would be to point them in the direction of a recording of Saturday's game against Bolton. It was playground football at its finest - end-to-end, mistake-ridden and hugely enjoyable. The momentum rocked back and forth between the two sides and after 90 minutes 'Pool just edged out their opponents to recreate the 4-3 scoreline of that famous 1953 cup final. The weekend's other results were a bit of a mixed bag, but the significance of this victory could come close to the Matthews Final if the Seasiders can achieve the unthinkable at Old Trafford.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Seaside Strategy - Tottenham Hotspur Away

One point gained or two points dropped? This will only become clear at season's end, but undoubtedly it was a point more than many expected away at a team who reached the quarter final stage of the Champions League. Incredibly this means Blackpool are now unbeaten in three games, but the failure to take maximum points from any of these games means 'Pool have once more dropped into the relegation zone. Charlie Adam scored from the spot (at the second time of asking), but another late goal conceded, this time from Jermain Defoe, meant Ian Holloway's side were denied only their third win in 2011.