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Crewe Reaction

A heavily changed Blackpool side snuck through to Round 2 of the Carling Cup on Tuesday night with an edgy 2-1 win over League Two Crewe at Gresty Road.

'Pool manager Ian Holloway made seven changes to the side who'd drawn away at QPR on the opening day of the league season as he looked to rest players as well as giving fringe players a chance to impress.

The result was a far from brilliant display, but nevertheless, Ollie was pleased with the result:

'There were some very bright things out there and I am delighted to win a cup game after making so many changes.'

Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette, Holloway also added how he was going to consult Crewe's Dario Gradi for advice on how to develop Blackpool's youth teams in a similar vein to the way that brought Crewe so much success.

Gradi is no longer manager at Crewe, but is still employed as a technical director and sits on the club's board.

Holloway said of Gradi:

'The way he tries to develop footballers is legendary and I will be travelling back to Crewe and talking to him about the youth set up he has going.

'I want to try and emulate that at Blackpool.

'I am sick and fed up of losing some good kids to Premier League sides and then having to borrow players instead.

'I'd rather have them for us and then sell them on.

'We would be a rich club and getting richer if that was the case.

'Dario has done that and he is an absolute legend in the game I believe.

'We lost one the other week in Bobby Robson but there is another one still living at Crewe in Dario Gradi and I wish his club all the very best for the remainder of the season.'

Of course, David Vaughan is one of the many to come off the Crewe production line... but are Dario's best days now behind him?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday August 14 2009

Time: 12:58PM


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