Blackpool Can Be Dangerous Opponents Tomorrow


Blackpool have taken four points from their first three league games, just like Newcastle, and appear to be in good form after their surprise promotion last May.

Ian Holloway – did great last seaosn for Blackpool

And of course they have a real character in their manager Ian Holloway, some of whose funny quotes in football are just legendary.

Blackpool are red hot favorites to be relegated this season, but now is perhaps not the best time to play them, when they seem to be on a high, after hammering Wigan away 4-0 in their first Premier game ever – and what a performance that was.

Chris Hughton seems to be well aware that Blackpool can be a dangerous side to face tomorrow:

“I think Blackpool are very dangerous opponents,” “A lot of their danger stems from the manager. He not only wants them to do themselves justice in the Premier League but he also wants them to play a certain way.”

“They will be involved in a lot of entertaining games, that’s for sure. Look at what they did to Wigan on the opening day of the season. Arsenal was difficult for them with their man sent off but they have applied themselves very well.”

“We are in confident mood but we will have to be careful and we’ll have to be cautious at points as well,” “For us it’s about getting the right balance between wanting the right amount of confidence in our players and not taking anything for granted.”

“But what we can’t do is underestimate the opposition. This is a team who not so long ago went away from home and won and scored four goals.”

Blackpool hammered Wigan in that first game and we were even surprised just how well the Tangerines played at Arsenal,  before things went against them, so manager Holloway is certainly getting the very best out of the squad he has got.

But it’s also a great time for Newcastle to make it two wins out of two at home in this so important season for the club, and anything but all 3 points will be a disappointment to Newcastle fans tomorrow afternoon.

Howay The Lads!!



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41 comments so far

  • toonster88

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #1

    blackpool can be dangerous 2mrw.who cares?not me.can predict scores but home advantage should be a win

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  • toonster88

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    meant cant not can.sorry

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  • balubas1

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #3

    This article is just to pay some respects to Blackpool. If England played Afghanistan, Capello would still say that the Afghans have a strong side to lower pressure for the english players but also to pay respects for the opposition.

    We are huge favourites, and we have also Ben Arfa ready to play.. also have a quite impressive home record this season even though we have only played one game:)

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  • murvar

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Tomorrow my boyhood team (15 years with Blackpool) play my adult team (36 years with the Toon)! WE should rejoice that this traditional fixture is back in the top league and credit Blackpool for their amazing achievement last year. One thing is certain – they won’t adopt the negative tactic they did last time we met as SJP, with Charlie Adam playing so deep he couldn’t hurt us. Nevertheless, I hope we see a great match, 2 teams committed to attack, and a narrow win for the Toon!

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    New Castle should steam roll Blaclpool. 4 or 5 i think.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #6

    @4: ‘…a narrow win for the Toon!’

    And that’s all it will be, if that. Balubas1, where are you living? In NO way are we huge favourites. We are yet to win away, where Blackpool stuffed Wigan(at Wigan) who in turn stuffed Spurs. We are on equal points, and so pretty evenly matched in all respects.

    1-1 would be the neutrals bet. I hope we nick it 2-1.

    Amazing how quickly supporters of a team that lost to Derby & Blackpool & Scunthorpe get above themselves. It’s still essentially the same team we had last season + Perch, until we integrate the new lads.

    We are not world beaters because we won the Fizzy. Wake up call needed, I hope it isn’t tomorrow.

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #7

    Agree with comment 5 going for 5-1 myself.

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #8

    Indian Magpie, BattythePratty & Balubas, wake up! And I hope tomorrow’s result is not the alarm call you all so badly need.

    We are on equal points with ‘pool, and ‘pool won away at Wigan (who then stuffed Spurs), so who is the stronger team? 1-1 is the neutrals bet. I think we might nick it 2-1.

    Until the new wonderkid steps on the stage this is the same team that lost to Blackpool, Derby & Scunny last season.

    We won the Fizzy, not the European Cup ffs! Thank goodness Chris is in charge….

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  • Sinner

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Nah,should be an easy game. 😀
    Anyways ive made Line up for the team when injury free.The best possible line up:
    http://i565.photobucket.com/albums/ss97/sinner002/Newcastlelineup.png?t=1284115631

    I can edit anything to it.
    Drop me a word if it needs any modification.
    Ive used Ps to make it. :p
    Not sure about Tiote,not seen him yet but ive added him to the line up.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #10

    do Aganisthan have a football team. though i agree with the sentiment of Balubas1

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #11

    To the sinner; i rather have taylor at CB and at Rb its any one from perch, Rtaylor and simpson.

    @ captain; if any team had kirkland in goal they will loose 4- 0, thankfully we do not have him.

    We will beat pool and comfortably not only on score sheet but also in possession and other aspects. You wait and watch

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #12

    Captain Beefheart the neutrals think 1-1 eh funny the bookies dont think that

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Captain Beefheart how many poor bookies do you know.

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  • Toonboy_84

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    Not many neutrals I know think it will be a draw

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonboy_84 same here mate.Captain Beefheart come on mate show a bit more belief in the lads mate

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  • Sinner

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    @IM
    We already got good CB like Colo and Sol.Also,Taylor had been playing in the past at RB.
    With that,Simpson,Perch and R.taylor dont have any experience.

    For the blackpool match,here is some interesting facts which you might look at:

    http://www.caughtoffside.com/2010/09/09/newcastle-united-vs-blackpool-premier-league-match-preview-and-betting-guide/

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #17

    captain beef heart needs to be captain brave heart

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #18

    Toonboy, That’s ’cause you don’t know any neutrals.

    This is a must win game, no doubt, but it still needs to be won and until we prove we can do that in the Prem consistently then there is NO room for complacency.

    BattythePratty – The bookies reflect betting trends from punters, not considered opinions – big difference. I don’t know any bookies but I do know a guy with a tenner on 1-2 Blackpool. He reckons if ‘pool score first the fans will get nervous and the team will make another error because of the high expectation of a huge win being turned into a dogfight for a point each.

    You reckon that’s never happened before at St James? Toon fans have no confidence at all in genuine success, and that is a sad fact reflected in every big match since the 1974 FA Cup final. Fizzy footy doesn’t count.

    2-1 Toon. No more. But it’s quite enough for 3 must win points.

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #19

    Captain Beefheart did you check the stats on comment 15 makes intresting reading 61 percent of your neutrals have newcastle down for a home win but 1 things for sure mate you made me laugh.Hope you here tomorrow after the game need a good laugh.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Captain even a league 1 side put 4 past them. see it may well be 2-1or 1-1.but i doubt it.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #21

    I am not getting overly emotional and predicting big wins or loses but just look at the facts as posted on yahoo sport and if everything continues as it has this early season then being hopeful of a good result is not delusional as some on this site would have us believe.

    MATCH STATS:
    There have been 17 goals scored in Blackpool’s three away games in all competitions in 2010-11.
    The Magpies have hit the target with 65 per cent of their shots, the best rate in the Premier League.
    Newcastle have allowed their opponents just five shots on target against them, fewer than any other side in the top flight this season.
    Blackpool have allowed their opponents more shots on target against them than any other side (22).

    Andy Carroll has fired in nine shots on target this season, more than any other player.
    Ian Holloway’s side have been caught offside 13 times, more often than any other side.

    So Blackpool have been playing very attacking football e.g. Wigan result but leave themselves vulnerable at the back hence stat 4, which with our wing play and new pace in attack we should be able to exploit.

    A point to mention bee fart is we also beat b/pool 4-1 last season as well as a LOT of other teams you conveniently leave out the number of times we came from behind in the fizzy as it does not fit in with your pessimism, thank goodness you are not in charge.

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  • Brisvegas

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #22

    You’re all wrong.

    36-0 to Newcastle. Ben Arfa to come off the bench and score 20 in the final 10 minutes.

    Come on guys have some belief!

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #23

    With them stats just gos to show how well the defence is doing.

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  • G

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #24

    Brisvegas @ 21. I’ve got a tenner on a 3-1 win, but for what it’s worth, I will be happy indeed if you are right and I am wrong.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #25

    Man u game was just an outlier. i will go one step further and say we will beat Everton and stoke as well.

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  • cupiddstunt

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #26

    I got the stats from yahoo but if you think I am making them up then try the BBC link http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_prem/8983406.stm

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  • Brisvegas

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #27

    G @ 23. I’d put a tenner on you being closer to the score.

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #28

    i have a fiver on 4v1 a fiver on 5v1 and a fiver on 6v1 but will be happy to lose it as long as you are right Brisvegas plus i will run round the town in the all to gether if you are right mate.

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  • bobby_ollox

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #29

    If we score early, we will grab a bagfull. The longer it goes without scoring , the more anxious the crowd will become – and there is no getting away from that – the players will be able to almost feel that tension.

    I would like to think they are a lot more professional, patient, organised and determined than even the same players were a season ago, and can deal with that pressure and break them down. Tomorrow is a test of that resolve and the patience of the crowd.

    Close result : 8-0 to the toon.

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  • G

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #30

    No offence battythepratty but I will re-emburse you if you keep them on mate!

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  • Brisvegas

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #31

    bobby_ollox – so what will happen in the second half?

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #32

    G thanks for saving me the mate haha

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #33

    I’ll be back here after the game to wag a scolding finger at you young dreamers after we narrowly scrape through a tight match by the odd goal – after falling a goal behind as we leak another at the near post.

    Remember to take a change of underwear and some anti-nailbite varnish to the game for the final excruciating 15 minutes.

    Toon 2 (Nolan, Arfa) ‘Pool 1 (Harewood)

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  • Captain Beefheart

    Sep 10, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #34

    First meeting in top-flight football since the 1970-71 season when Blackpool won 2-1 at SJP. I woz there, painful (…went to the away game that season as well at Bloomfield Road, not much better). Old ghosts fade slowly.

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  • batty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #35

    8 to 13 newcastle dusent make us certs

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  • batty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #36

    the bookies have us down for a narrow win

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  • battythepratty

    Sep 10, 2010 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #37

    Captain Beefheart i will be here to say i told you so.

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  • Satboyslim

    Sep 10, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #38

    Batty, the bookies also had us down for 0/1 points from our first 3 games.
    F*** the bookies. We’re awesome.

    Also there should be a chant for Jonas to the tune of Lola

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  • balubas1

    Sep 10, 2010 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Hey Captain Beef:)

    We are favourites in this match. Without a doubt.

    I’m not saying it will be easy, but we are huge favourites.. You can’t deny that.

    (i would not be saying this if we were playing away of course)

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  • balubas1

    Sep 10, 2010 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #40

    And we are marginally favourites against any opposition except the “ones you all know” and Everton, Tottenham, and Villa(!!). At ST JAMES this is;)

    I’m not saying there are any easy games. But when looking at the teams, history ect. We will always be rated higher than most of the teams in the EPL when playing at home.

    Dont agree just a tiny bit Captain Beef? 😉

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