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An Interview With A Blackpool Fan

So how is your first season in the promised land then?

Not bad at all! Being patronised by smug Premiership supporters week in week out is wonderful, honestly! Seriously though, the trips away have been fantastic so far and we've been competative in all but two of our games which supercedes all expectations. Every game is end to end, I've just been slightly disappointed nobody has come out and really tried to attack us. Then we'd be able to show what we can really do on the break.

Did you expect such a strong start and do you believe you have enough to last the whole season and survive?

I did think we'd start well. The euphoria of the playoff wins and the style in which we defeat Forest and Cardiff was always going to spill over to this season. However, to have 14 points at the beginning of November is unreal. Aslong as we don't abandon our attacking emphasis and go at teams, I think we'll be fine. Holloway said it's not about how many games you draw, it's about how many you win which will keep a team up. That's why we've dropped points at home in the closing moments of games, by going for wins. But that'll even itself out over the season and I can see us improving at Bloomfield Road.

Who are you most looking forward to playing this season?

Bolton away. There's deep lying hatred for 'Horwich' after some unsavoury scenes many years ago. The game's in a couple of weeks actually and will give us a good indication as to how far we've come this season.

Ian Holloway... just how good a manager is he? Some on my site are discussing whether we should have tried to tempt him. Do you think he is due a 'big` job or will he get overlooked due to his whacky ways?! ('big` club said with respect and not meant to look like a big time Charlie type thing folks!)

How many superlatives would you like? He's been fantastic, obviously. Before he took over from Simon Grayson (and Tony Parkes) we were afraid of teams in the Championship and were overawed by the bigger stadiums and names. It was drummed into the players that they were lucky to be there. No such thing with Ollie! I'm inclined to think he doesn't even look at opposition players, he's more bothered about them worrying about us!

With regards to a big job, Ian Wright asked me the same question on the radio after Saturday's game and I said he's not ready for it yet. Holloway suits Blackpool and Blackpool suit Holloway, meaning the nature of the club parallels his care-free attitude in the media. At a BIG BIG BIG club like Aston Villa, he simply wouldn't be media savvy enough to hold down the job. I think press conferences and stories in the papers affect bigger stars more; would he be able to keep hold of a dressing room? Possibly not.

That said, he's absolutely fantastic for us, I wouldn't want anyone else.

Barry Bannan, you missed him?

Nah! We've Elliot Grandin! You could see when he was on loan last season that Barry was a decent player. So much flair and he fitted in well - I reckon he's got a big future ahead of him. Albrighton looks alright too.

Are you surprised to see Villa under you in the table?

Below us, yes. How else am I supposed to answer that, I thought we'd be 10 points adrift by now! Not surprised that you haven't start too well because of the change in manager. It seemed from afar to be a drawn out process getting Houllier in and looked like everyone was in limbo whilst you lost ground.

If you could have a couple of our players, who would you go for and why?

Looking at what Blackpool actually need, I'd want a presence up front in Carew, a solid goalkeeper - Brad Friedel, and a left back, Stephen Warnock.

Prediction please kind Sir.

We're resting a few players ahead of the game at West Ham on Saturday, so i think we'll go down 2-0. Hoping they'll be a few decent pubs to get in beforehand.

With thanks to Jack Gaughan from Vital Blackpool

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Writer: J P Fear Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 9 2010

Time: 8:33AM

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interesting opinion on his suitability for a 'big' job
The Fear
A tactical prediction of a 2 0 defeat fully in line with Holloways approach. Be warned - Blackpool have been unlucky this season. Harewood's goal should have won it on Saturday, and against Man City the score was 3 1 to Blackpool if the ref had got his decisions right. Late goals by Fulham and Blackburn also took away more points they deserved. They still followed up our 6 0 defeat at Newcastle with a 2 0 win, and thoroughly deserved to beat Liverpool at Anfield. They play the ball to feet all the time until they get up to the box, and Bannan's ball for Albrighton to score on Saurday is repeated a few times every game in Blackpool matches with precision long ball as well as short ball passing. They are an absulute joy to watch. Thrashed by Chelsea and Arsenal was early doors, and the Blues defeat was their worst performance of the season. Otherwise they have been consistently good. Villa's players are technically better but under MON the ball was an enemy to be hoofed. Blackpool play better football than Villa, but I am hoping that our injuries have been a real blessing in disguise to allow the real talent at Villa to come through and stay in the team - along with a manager who seems to want to play the right way too. Hope the Fonz takes off tomorow as I feel he has the same high talent as Bannan, Clark and Albrighton, but just needs a run to start showing his class. Hopefully, if Gabby does come on it will be to give him a run after we have banged a few in - but if Villa slack off, whether from the start or after getting a goal up - then Blackpool are well capable of a win. They leave space in front of their defenders though and Albrighton and Young played wide would be the best bet to carve them open. I will be enjoying the rare luxury of not needing to drive to a Villa game and travelling up with the Blackpool fans on one of their supporters coaches. Hopefully there will only be one happy fan (but benevolent in victory) on the way home.
stennyvilla
excellent read stennyvilla
leftfoot
Three points is a must, so this is one of those occasions where the end result is far more important than the actual performance. No more negative, unadventurous football though Gerard. I still haven't worked out what that Birmingham City showing was all about.
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