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Seasiders Smash Sorry Liverpool

'Don't disrespect us; we're a good team and we care about our club.'

Famous words for a famous day.

As bad as Liverpool were yet again this afternoon, Blackpool were magnificent. Absolutely magnificent.

It's after results like these that I struggle to put into words what the result means, how it happened etc. Indeed, this is probably the only time I ever feel sorry for journalists; how do you explain a result like that?!

Well let's give it a go...

Liverpool recalled Steven Gerrard to the side after resting him in midweek (yes, that's right, Gerrard was rested for a game against us... remarkable), and were probably as full strength as they could be, with Fernando Torres leading the line.

Ian Holloway made two changes; Luke Varney and Elliot Grandin replacing Brett Ormerod and Marlon Harewood.

Our visits to the 'big four' thus far haven't exactly been pleasant, but the Seasiders approached this one differently - as expected - and really took the game to their hosts.

Charlie Adam had the first chance of the afternoon on just two minutes; his fierce freekick being beaten away by Pepe Reina.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher then beat Jamie Carragher and pulled the ball back expertly for DJ Campbell, but the striker couldn't connect.

It was an open game though and Liverpool weren't shy in going forward either. On one foray forward however Fernando Torres pulled up injured and had to be replaced by David N'Gog.

The Seasiders were continuing to dictate proceedings however with their expansive attacking game, but couldn't quite find the breakthrough they needed; DJ Campbell spurning another chance, this time at the back post from a wonderful Eardley cross.

Liverpool were still a threat though; Dirk Kuyt burst clear but his pull back could only find a white 'Pool shirt. Such defending was to be a cornerstone of 'Pool's win, especially in the second half.

'Pool then had injury problems of their own; Craig Cathcart limping off to be replaced by Dekel Keinan. Matt Gilks also picked up a knock but soldiered on.

Gilks was indebted to Neal Eardley when the Welshman cleared a Kyrgiakos header off the line, before the Seasiders broke down the other end and were awarded a penalty for Glen Johnson's clumsy trip on Luke Varney.

Charlie Adam did the business from the spot.

'Pool then sat back and absorbed waves of Liverpool pressure before, on the stroke of half time, Taylor-Fletcher fed Varney who slotted the ball home.

HT: Liverpool 0-2 Blackpool.

Matt Phillips replaced Eardley at half time and the young winger impressed again, especially in his forays forward from right back.

However, the second half was similar to the Alamo at times as Liverpool poured forward, but time and time again the Seasiders were equal to their one-dimensional attack (the long ball).

Liverpool did have chances though; N'Gog missed a free header, whilst Joe Cole fired wide when in on goal.

Blackpool's defending at set pieces came back to haunt them though when Kyrgiakos rose to head home a Gerrard freekick. Luckily for us, it was the only joy Liverpool were to have all afternoon.

Despite being pinned back, 'Pool still looked dangerous on the break, but all too often their weary legs told when it came to the final ball.

With time running out, Ian Holloway threw Keith Southern on for Elliot Grandin as he looked to hold on to the lead.

And hold on they did, with Matt Gilks making a ridiculous save from Kyrgiakos at the death.

As Chris Kamara might say, 'Unbelievable Jeff!'




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Writer: Eamonn Moore  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 3 2010

Time: 6:10PM

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WOW! Unbelievable fellas- HATS OFF!! One word for you guys- Respect.
JT_daniel
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03/10/2010 18:16:00

Well done, was a marvellous result for sure especially away at Anfield which makes it all the more impressive. Enjoy it, you guys fully deserve it.
True-Gooner-Blood
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03/10/2010 18:17:00

Great performance, Great result, Come on the pool !!! Bring on Man City.
blackpoolgas
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03/10/2010 18:58:00

great sight !!!1 congratulations.. :)
Venkat
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03/10/2010 19:01:00

Gooo on blackpool!! Your class!
P.Avfc
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03/10/2010 19:20:00

what a day.... you had to be there..... we can stay up im sure..... come on the pool
bpooljon
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03/10/2010 20:02:00

absolutely fantastic stuff lads, really like the way you lot play, hope you stay up..... nuff respect from Vital Spurs.
paddypower
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03/10/2010 20:12:00

Guys, I was shell shocked when I see score Congrats you deserve all the success and I really hope your team stays up we need teams like blackpool in the prem!!! Congrats!!!!
E17YID
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03/10/2010 20:15:00

Well done,stick up the Bin Dippers.
BigBadBobbyC 9
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04/10/2010 08:49:00

Sincere congratulations from a Liverpool fan. Totally deserved win!
KB1
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04/10/2010 09:34:00

Blackpool were great,but its a long way to the end of the season.Don t get carried away just yet
AndrewDuncan
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04/10/2010 17:20:00

Brilliant performance and and great result, so far so good for you guys. I have to confess I feared for you this season but glad to say your proving me and a lot of people wrong
Topspur1
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06/10/2010 07:05:00

we are not getting carried away... we are happy with our start and feel we are improving week to week.... we have only had 2 home games out of seven and played some top teams... would just like to say that the liverpool fans were brilliant , clapped our team off the pitch..... impressed!!!! thanks for making us feel welcome and im sure that all your problems will be over soon.... bpool in the prem.. keep the faith!
bpooljon
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