Player Analysis 2010/11

At the beginning of their Premiership season Blackpool were looking a little short of numbers. A flurry of activity before the deadline ensured a bunch of new players turned up at Bloomfield.

It’s was widely noted Charlie Adam was integral to the team, however, one player certainly doesn’t make a team, so here’s a few thoughts about the other players.



What's in a pass – Revisited

Posted by on Feb 16, 2011 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Charlie Adam, Ian Evatt, Ian Holloway, Pass Completion, Players 2010/2011 | 1 comment

What's in a pass – Revisited

Back in January this blog took a look at the passing of Blackpool and the role that it plays in their overall game plan. Then Blackpool were on 25 points and 8 games later they have only mustered up further 4 points. This decline is on the radars of the mainstream media and the following clichés are being warmed up; ‘the honeymoon is over’ and ‘running out of steam’. However, can a focus on Blackpool’s passing help to understand more about why Blackpool have only clocked up 4 points from a possible 21 in...

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Dissecting the defence

Posted by on Feb 11, 2011 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Defence, Formation, Full Backs, Ian Evatt, Pass Completion, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 2 comments

Dissecting the defence

Blackpool’s first season has been characterised by attacking football as the Tangerines have found goals relatively easy to come by. However, it is their defence that regularly comes under scrutiny and more so since their run of five defeats after the Liverpool victory. This post will look at the Blackpool defence and explore as many facets of it as possible in order to establish what is behind Blackpool’s defence and where have things been going wrong? Facts & Figures Blackpool have conceded 49 goals at an average of 1.96...

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Clinical Deficiencies – Everton v Blackpool

Posted by on Feb 7, 2011 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Charlie Adam, David Moyes, Everton, Formation, Full Backs, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 9 comments

Clinical Deficiencies – Everton v Blackpool

Louis Saha gave a masterclass in clinical finishing either side of Blackpool clinically punishing two mistakes made by Everton players. However, it was a double defensive substitution by Ian Holloway that failed to snuff out Everton’s attacks that swung the game back in David Moyes’ favour. Setting Up The opening play saw Holloway pitting his 4-3-3 against the 4-1-4-1 of David Moyes, who had Marouane Fellaini in the holding role in a system that had stifled Blackpool earlier in the season at Bloomfield Road. James Beattie...

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The lost fluency – Blackpool v West Ham

Posted by on Feb 3, 2011 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Charlie Adam, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Tactics, West Ham United | 2 comments

The lost fluency – Blackpool v West Ham

West Ham outworked Blackpool in the central area of the pitch to record a deserved victory as Ian Holloway shuffled his team selection which ultimately appeared to disrupt the fluency that they have found at many stages this season. Setting up  4-3-3 v 4-4-2, West Ham’s Obinna being the player who drifted the most from either side. This was a clear 4-3-3 v 4-4-2 battle and for the first time this season Blackpool were undone by a flat and very plain 4-4-2 with few defining features. There was two clear reasons for this. 1. Mark Noble...

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Blackpool's Number 26

Posted by on Jan 21, 2011 in Blackpool FC, Charlie Adam, Ian Holloway, Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Match Analysis, Midfield, Pass Completion, Players 2010/2011 | 2 comments

Blackpool's Number 26

There’s no doubt that when people refer to Blackpool this season they normally mention Charlie Adam in the same breath. He has adapted to life in the Premier League and made many people sit up and take notice. However, where does Adam fit in the Blackpool FC and just was does he bring to the team? Tale of the tape Keeping things brief on this front as the table below will cover most of the key stats, but far and away the first stat to catch the eye is Adam’s passing. Blackpool as a team have a pass completion of 75% and Adam has a...

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Tangerines aren't just for Christmas

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Manchester City, Match Analysis, Pass Completion, Players 2010/2011, Sunderland, Tactics | 2 comments

Tangerines aren't just for Christmas

As 2011 gets underway, Blackpool FC will be looking forward to more of the same which should see the team achieve what was being touted as impossible back in August. Festive fixtures against Sunderland and Manchester City saw similar performances from a statistical point of view but differing outcomes with a win and a loss. A review of last night’s Birmingham game will follow in the next few days. Statistical Breakdown The seasonal games were both away, however, it appears that Blackpool from a pass completion point of view progressed from...

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Dimension of adventure – A full back story

Posted by on Dec 23, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Defence, Formation, Full Backs, Ian Holloway, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 3 comments

Dimension of adventure – A full back story

This season and last, Blackpool has been lauded for their adventurous approach to playing the beautiful game. The majority of the mainstream media point to the influence Charlie Adam has had on the way that Blackpool play. However, one player doesn’t make a team and Holloway has reshaped the way that Blackpool play and there are facets of that play that help make watching Blackpool a superbly enjoyable experience. For the focus of this article the spot light will shine on the full backs. What role do they play? How have they been...

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Spurs – Match Preview

Posted by on Dec 17, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Formation, Gareth Bale, Harry Redknapp, Ian Holloway, Match Preview, Players 2010/2011, Spurs, Tactics | 0 comments

Spurs – Match Preview

Harry Redknapp divides opinion across the country, but one thing is for sure, he guided his Spurs team in to the Champions League and along with that managed to progress in to the second phase. Yet again another quality side visits Bloomfield Road, however, Ian Holloway will be hoping that his own side will deliver another quality performance to try and upset another side that are ‘bigger and better’. Tactics Redknapp has gone on record to say that tactics don’t matter and it’s about the players (apologies for the link...

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Stoke City Report

Posted by on Dec 12, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Stoke City, Tactics | 0 comments

Stoke City Report

Blackpool took the three points again from a side who supposedly have better players and made pundits come up with the ‘breath of fresh air’ phrase yet again. In a couple of ten minute spells in either half Blackpool played superb, controlled, passing football, moving Stoke around the pitch and carving out chances. While Stoke played to their strengths from set plays and came very close to breaking the goal line. Line Ups Blackpool stuck with the same starting eleven from the Bolton game two weeks ago, whilst Stoke welcomed back...

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Stoke City Preview

Posted by on Dec 10, 2010 in Blackpool FC, Bolton Wanderers, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Match Preview, Owen Coyle, Players 2010/2011, Stoke City, Tactics | 0 comments

Stoke City Preview

As Ian Holloway squares up to his good friend Tony Pulis, he’ll be hoping to give him a good run for his money like Blackpool did on their visit to the Britannia last year in the Carling Cup. Stoke come in to the match on the back of a draw at Wigan last week, while the Blackpool players will be refreshed after having last Saturday off due to the cold weather. Looking back to look forward This preview actually starts its life as a review of Blackpool’s last match as there was something about that Bolton performance that resonated...

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