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2010/11 Review of the Season: Blackpool

June 2, 2011

When the Premier League season geared up to kick-off, the knives had already been sharpened for Blackpool and what was supposed to be a dreadful season. They hadn’t made any signings until the week before the season began and everyone apparently ‘in the know’ had put them down as the first side down; doing so with the lowest points total in the history of the league.

On the first day of the season that was blown to pieces. Blackpool ended the day at the top of the Premier League table after an incredible 4-0 win over Wigan; and with it began the greatest story to capture the top flight for many years.

Lead by Ian Holloway off the pitch and Charlie Adam on it, the Seasiders were a breath of fresh air to the league. Unlike the promoted teams of recent years, they went out to win games and score goals. Always attacking and always going for teams, Blackpool wanted to have the ball, even against the bigger teams.

By the end of the season they had fast become many people’s second teams; although that now stands for nothing. Blackpool were a joy to behold. They went down trying to score goals.

Regular Starting Eleven

Game of the season Liverpool 1-2 Blackpool In just their seventh league match of the season, Blackpool rocked up to the home of the five-time European Champions and walked away with a well-deserved victory. Charlie Adam and Luke Varney struck in the first half to gain the Seasiders what was the first of a double over Liverpool.

It was an incredible result and an incredible afternoon for the new-boys to the Premiership as they hung on to the result. Matt Gilks, so often deployed instead of Richard Kingson, pulled off a string of vital saves that helped Blackpool to the three points.

Player of the season Charlie Adam Anchored in the midfield, Charlie Adam set the Premier League alight with his incredible left foot. The system Ian Holloway utilised was developed around the Scotsman and he flourished thanks to it. He could drift in front of the back four, look up and pick out anyone of the front three who doing their best to stretch the opposition defence.

That says nothing for his whipped dead-ball deliveries and composed dispatching of penalties that helped Blackpool on their way. He had a really incredible season and was fully deserving of the many Player of the Year nominations that came his way.

Season in a tweet

Biggest disappointment Elliot Grandin The fact that it was a real struggle to pick out a disappointing player is a real testament to the Blackpool squad. I could obviously look at the leaky defence but they were set-up to super-defensive at the back. The Seasiders always looked to score more goals and that was much of their downfall.

As such and with the help of Twitter, Elliot Grandin has been picked for fading as the season progressed. Whether he got tired or lack the fight of his team-mates as the year drew towards a climax the French star, who played at the point of Blackpool’s midfield three, struggled to make a telling contribution.

Changes needed for next season? Blackpool could be a very different club next season. Ian Holloway has done himself all kinds of favours with his exploits in the Premier League and a number of his players are likely to remain in the top flight. Charlie Adam has no end of suitors looking for his signature and DJ Campbell ended the season in the top five scorers in the Premier League. The rest of the squad aren’t exciting or glamorous ‘names’ but they have all proven themselves capable of doing a job.

The real problem for Blackpool remains their strict wage policy. Relative to their rivals, Blackpool don’t reward their players as well which could see their current squad members electing to join over promotion chasers to improve their terms.

In an ideal world, Blackpool would bounce back into the Premiership at the first time of asking but in truth, it could be much harder than that. Retention of staff and players is key. As little change as possible would be the best outcome from the summer for the Tangerines.

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  1. June 4, 2011 12:26 pm

    loved Blackpool this season, so sad they went down. best game 4-3 v Bolton. Got to disagree on Grandin, he only played 3 times in last 12 games and seemed to just not get picked much second half of season… so prob why he seemed anonymous as he wasnt on the pitch :-)

    Thought Varney should have played more end of the season, one of their most dangerous players, but he seemed to slightly fall out of favour, not sure why.

    hope swansea can be next season blackpool!

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