Writer: Eamonn Moore
Date:Saturday March 27 2010
You have to give credit to SeasideEssexXile - he said that someone was due a tanking from us, and he was right (although he said it would be against Palace rather than Swansea!).
On Tuesday night the Seasiders ran riot against Swansea, demolishing them 5-1 in a result very, very few saw coming. And with a result like that, it's little surprise that the Seasiders have attracted a lot of media coverage over the week.
So let's take a look at it, starting with Ian Holloway...
Speaking about the Swansea result, Ollie said:
'We really hurt them in front of goal. This was an excellent team performance which I am delighted about.
'I always said 52 points would give us safety in the Championship and now we are on 54 and still there or thereabouts with a possible play-off place.
'That is some achievement for this club and its players, who were written off by the bookies as relegation candidates at the start of the season.'
However, understandably, Paulo Sousa was far from happy with his Swansea team:
'Of course I am disappointed but Blackpool have more experience in playing in these sort of conditions.'
'These sort of conditions'? That's right - Sousa was quick to blame the pitch, something that he was slated for by the BBC's Jacqui Oatley who was commentating on the game.
Perhaps Sousa should have blamed 'Pool manager Ian Holloway's new scarf however:
'A lot of managers seem to have lucky scarves so I've gone and bought one,' Ollie said.
'I'm just hoping we won't get any sun between now and the end of the season because if we win 5-1 like that I am going to have to wear it every week!'
However, the victory may also have been down to the performance of Charlie Adam. In front of Everton manager David Moyes, Adam produced a superb display despite not getting in on the scoring action himself.
Indeed, Adam's performance was so good that 'Pool manager Ian Holloway has declared that he will eat a hat if Scotland manager Craig Levein does not select the player in his next squad!
Scarves and hats aside though, the Seasiders tactics on Tuesday night wre spot on - something that Ian Holloway was quick to point out in his post-match press conference:
'We stopped (Leon) Britton getting the ball, so they couldn't find him, and we managed to nullify and dictate where they could pass it.'
With such a performance on Tuesday night, it wasn't surprising when Ian Holloway didn't dip into the loan market before Thursday's deadline.
Speaking to the press prior to the deadline closing, Ollie said:
'I'll have a look at it but I don't see me being able to bring in anyone I think is better than what I've already got.'
However, there was a departure from Bloomfield Road - striker Danny Mitchley joining Conference outfit Wrexham on loan until the end of the season (the hammer in the nail of his 'Pool career?). Mitchley's departure follows fellow young striker Lewis Almond also going out on loan last week to League Two Cheltenham, where he will eam up once again with Ash Eastham who's also on loan at Whaddon Road.
Speaking of forwards, Karl Oyston said this week that the club must keep on moving forward on and off the field.
In an interview with the Blackpool Gazette, Oyston said:
'There is only one bit of the ground left from when I first took over and that is the north east floodlight tower. That is it. Everything else is gone. It would be nice to have it finished but I think we've made good solid progress.
'The east stand isn't an issue at the moment. The issue is that we need to work on the support base now - that is the next target.
'We need to improve support and do everything that we can - work with the supporters association and put as many initiatives in place to try and fill the ground.
'If we don't fill the stadium we will stagnate and maybe slide back a division and that would be tragic.
'We all want to see Championship football or higher and for us to even contemplate not moving on from here and attracting more supporters and sliding back into the obscurity of League One ... that is unthinkable as far as I'm concerned.'
A couple of nice soundbites in there from Potter, but he's hardly the king of interviews is he? 'Good solid progress'? Maybe, if you're a snail!
Ian Holloway on the other hand, is the king of interviews. Just look at this gem when he was talking about playing Plymouth today:
'My wife wanted me to stay there [Plymouth] but they moved the goalposts. I thought that the grass was greener on the other side, jumped over, started to chew it and then I was out of that paddock. Such is life.'
Speaking of greenery, the official website went with the headline of 'Evergreen Evatt' when they spoke to centre half Ian Evatt this week about his quicker than expected return from injury.
'I'm pretty much amazed by it. At the time it felt quite bad and the scan showed that it was quite a nasty injury. I must be some kind of weirdo because it has headled really quickly.
And lastly, just a final nib on the Swansea game from Ian Evatt:
'Towards the end of the game some of the Swansea players were actually saying to us 'if you boys don't make the play-offs it's a travesty.
'They told us we were by far and away the best team they'd played all season.'
Let's hope that we make a similar impression on Plymouth this afternoon!
Date:Saturday March 27 2010
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