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.



Ten ways to stay in the Barclays Premier League

Posted by on Dec 1, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Bolton Wanderers, Chelsea, Formation, Ian Holloway, Liverpool FC, Match Analysis, Midfield, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 0 comments

Ten ways to stay in the Barclays Premier League

As Blackpool lined up against Wigan back in August, most fans were left wondering what awaited them in the highest league in the land. Fifteen matches in to the season and most Blackpool fans know what this Premier League is all about and how we fit in to the landscape. Sick and tired of being branded a breath of fresh air, Blackpool are more than this and there are some real reasons behind this success which if keep repeating themselves then come the end of the season the Tangerines will be dreaming about a second season in this league and...

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Bolton Preview

Posted by on Nov 26, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Bolton Wanderers, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Preview, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 0 comments

Bolton Preview

Blackpool head to the Reebok  stadium for the first time, looking to match a Bolton side who are impressing people across the land with their performances over the past few weeks. Most are acknowledging that they aren’t the side of Allardyce or Megson any more and Owen Coyle has them passing the ball around in a more attractive, and on recent results, effective fashion. Ian Holloway has a couple of choices to make from a selection point of view, namely who will play as the central striker and who will play at the head of the midfield...

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Wolves Preview

Posted by on Nov 19, 2010 in Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Preview, Midfield, Players 2010/2011, Tactics, Wolves | 0 comments

Wolves Preview

Both sides have been praised for their approaches to playing football this season. Blackpool will attack any team and Wolves for that matter too. Both sides like to pass the ball about and try and work the opposition out of position. This game could though, come down to the decisions that Mick McCarthy has to make. Formations With exception of Chelsea away Ian Holloway keeps his formation the same, whilst Mick McCarthy has over the past few weeks shown that he will adapt his formation for his opposition. McCarthy last week opted for a 4-4-2...

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The Perfect Combination?

Posted by on Nov 18, 2010 in Blackpool FC, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Midfield, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 0 comments

The Perfect Combination?

A review by Zonal Marking of the Manchester derby didn’t do much to heighten the enjoyment of a truly awful spectacle, however, it did inspire this article about Blackpool’s midfield. The review touched on the idea of the ideal combination of a midfield three, both examples on that night were far from ideal and were cited as being behind the drab stalemate. The ideal combinations offered by the article included the breakdown that a team playing three in midfield should have a ball winner, a passer and an attacking creator....

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A Strange Stalemate – West Ham Review

Posted by on Nov 15, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Tactics, West Ham United | 0 comments

A Strange Stalemate – West Ham Review

As stalemates go, this was perculiar in the fact that both teams wanted to the win the game and had more chances between them to win the game than any game in the Premier League this season. A stalemate is generally the result of two teams fearful of losing and denying space all over the pitch and not committing too many players in to attack in order to keep their defensive shape. However, a combination of poor composure in front of goal, resolute defending and a lack of patience ensured not one goal was scored (No mention of the onside...

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Goalscoring by DJ Campbell

Posted by on Nov 12, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Players 2010/2011 | 0 comments

Goalscoring by DJ Campbell

Previously the focus of this blog has turned on Elliot Grandin to ramble about his contribution to Blackpool’s Premier League campaign. This time the focus goes on to DJ Campbell. His goals at the end of last season were vital in the promotion and this season he has scored a further two times in the highest league. Some of DJ’s key qualities are his movement off the ball to find space, his ability to peel off a defender and ghost to the back post to pick up on loose ball, his pace over the first five yards and the fact the his is...

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West Ham Preview

Posted by on Nov 11, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Preview, Players 2010/2011, Tactics, West Ham United | 0 comments

West Ham Preview

Looking at the way that both defences have been broken down so many times this season then it might make for an open game. Both sides will be going out for the win and that approach will make sure that space is easy to come by. The manager who gets his team to exploit that space most effectively will see his team dominate the game. Formations Blackpool will likely return to a more familiar first eleven, however, Ian Holloway may consider some of the stand out players from the Villa game such as Ludo Sylvestre. He was efficient with his...

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Aston Villa Preview

Posted by on Nov 9, 2010 in Aston Villa, Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Preview, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 1 comment

Aston Villa Preview

Blackpool go to Villa Park after collecting an excellent point against Everton, while the hosts will come in to the game on the back of two draws. Villa are under new management and there are signs that Gerard Houllier is beginning to stamp his mark on this team. They are a little short on personnel cause of injuries in key central areas and this may well force Houllier to adapt his style somewhat. Formations It’s normally safe to say that Holloway will stick with his 4-3-3 which was more representative of those numbers on Saturday...

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Blackpool v Everton Match Review

Posted by on Nov 8, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, David Moyes, Everton, Formation, Ian Holloway, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 0 comments

Blackpool v Everton Match Review

A fair result given that tactically Everton shaded the first half and Blackpool the second. Moyes positioned his team in his usual fashion, Holloway on the other hand brought in Keith Southern with Elliot Grandin dropping to the bench. If anything this meant that Blackpool played a more flatter formation in midfield as they brought back the Championship midfield triumvirate. Tactical Swings Moyes’s usual formation of a lop sided 4-1-4-1 worked superbly to deny Blackpool space and create attacking space of their own. Firstly, John...

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A closer look at Elliot Grandin

Posted by on Nov 5, 2010 in Blackpool, Blackpool FC, Match Analysis, Players 2010/2011, Tactics | 1 comment

A closer look at Elliot Grandin

One of the best things about becoming a Premiership team (in my head anyway) is the amount of data we now have available to review our players. Imagine the articles that could have been written if we’d had this kind of data available in the past. Wonder how John Doolan would have measured up (no jokes about a 44 inch waist please) or how many tackles did Gary Briggs really win (maybe number of legs broken might have been more relevant). However, now we can look at our players performances in greater detail and start to get a better...

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