Blackpool boss takes in DVDs for battle at Blackburn Rovers

Blackpool boss takes in DVDs for battle at Blackburn Rovers

Blackpool boss takes in DVDs for battle at Blackburn Rovers

First published in Sport Blackpool Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Sports reporter

BLACKPOOL manager Ian Holloway has insisted that Saturday’s trip to Ewood Park is not a ‘must win’ fixture – but he still spent a weekend break in Scotland preparing for the game by watching DVDs of Blackburn Rovers.

Rovers, who were not in action at the weekend because of their early exit from the FA Cup, take on the Tangerines in a Lancashire derby crunch clash at Ewood – with both sides currently just one point clear of the Premier League relegation zone.

Holloway turned 48 on Satur-day and celebrated by having a weekend away with his wife by Loch Lomond, but the forth-coming fixture against Rovers was never far from his mind.

“Just when my wife thought we were going to spend all day being romantic and soppy, I put the mockers on it by whipping out a few DVDs which I’d sneaked in the suitcase,” said the Blackpool boss, who will welcome star midfielder Charlie Adam back from suspension for the crunch clash at Ewood Park.

“They were Blackburn Rovers’ last few matches and I spent all night watching them.

“I don’t think Kim was too impressed but to be honest there are only a couple of things I want as a birthday present – a win over Rovers next weekend and top flight survival.

“This really is crunch time and I couldn’t be more excited,” he added.

“Nine games to go. Can we keep Blackpool in the Premier League?

“I absolutely and utterly believe we can and that’s what I’ll spend all week talking to the lads about.

“The game with Blackburn should be a cracker, number one because of where the teams are in the table and, secondly, the fact it is a Lancashire derby.

“I think it will be more of a humdinger than usual and not one for the faint-hearted.

“But what I don’t want is people saying that it is a ‘massive’ match or a ‘must win’ or any of that rubbish.

“I know the fans like talking in those terms but it really is nonsense.

“If I went into my dressing room before the Blackburn match and said to my lads, ‘We’ve got to win this this, it is the most important game of the season, we have to do it’, how would they be able to play?

“The team would be a bag of nerves.

“If we lost at Blackburn we are not going to get relegated – and on the flipside, if we win, we aren’t guaranteed staying up.”

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9:47am Mon 14 Mar 11

eddyo says...

Have we had the same team for the last 3 matches? Hopefully, the DVDs will not help Holloway too much - apart from the fact that SK is 'very progressive' in his squad rotation (ie. doesn't know his best team).
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Luckily Blackpool don't have great pace or too dangerous an aerial threat. Play Salgado, Nelsen, Samba and Givet (don't play Olsson at full-back). Put Dunn and Nzonzi in centre-mid (PJ & JJ on the bench). Up front, Roque and Kalinic (with Diouf & Roberts on the bench).
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Keep Grella and Roberts in the stand. That then leaves us to do our bit!
Have we had the same team for the last 3 matches? Hopefully, the DVDs will not help Holloway too much - apart from the fact that SK is 'very progressive' in his squad rotation (ie. doesn't know his best team). * Luckily Blackpool don't have great pace or too dangerous an aerial threat. Play Salgado, Nelsen, Samba and Givet (don't play Olsson at full-back). Put Dunn and Nzonzi in centre-mid (PJ & JJ on the bench). Up front, Roque and Kalinic (with Diouf & Roberts on the bench). * Keep Grella and Roberts in the stand. That then leaves us to do our bit! eddyo
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9:48am Mon 14 Mar 11

Demonseye says...

Wonder what Keanes been doing to prepare? Licking some Venky\Kentaro ring to keep his job. Love Rovers hate Venkys.
Wonder what Keanes been doing to prepare? Licking some Venky\Kentaro ring to keep his job. Love Rovers hate Venkys. Demonseye
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10:06am Mon 14 Mar 11

Ronaldpetercooper says...

Hi eddyo is Givet not under suspension after being sent off At Fulham. Otherwise I agree but perhaps one of the young lads could play there to enable Olson to move forward where he is much better.
I wonder if these videos gave him nightmares the same as they did us. Still confident we will beat Blackpool. I am in Portugal for the game so will miss out.
Hi eddyo is Givet not under suspension after being sent off At Fulham. Otherwise I agree but perhaps one of the young lads could play there to enable Olson to move forward where he is much better. I wonder if these videos gave him nightmares the same as they did us. Still confident we will beat Blackpool. I am in Portugal for the game so will miss out. Ronaldpetercooper
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10:16am Mon 14 Mar 11

Robbie says...

Can i kindly point out to my fellow Rovers Fans that our managers name is KEAN not KEANE

get it right for godsake!

Rant over
p.s the only reason Baldy will be watchign the rovers dvds is to help him sleep! KEAN out
Can i kindly point out to my fellow Rovers Fans that our managers name is KEAN not KEANE get it right for godsake! Rant over p.s the only reason Baldy will be watchign the rovers dvds is to help him sleep! KEAN out Robbie
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11:10am Mon 14 Mar 11

nat-lads-dad says...

eddyo wrote:
Have we had the same team for the last 3 matches? Hopefully, the DVDs will not help Holloway too much - apart from the fact that SK is 'very progressive' in his squad rotation (ie. doesn't know his best team). * Luckily Blackpool don't have great pace or too dangerous an aerial threat. Play Salgado, Nelsen, Samba and Givet (don't play Olsson at full-back). Put Dunn and Nzonzi in centre-mid (PJ & JJ on the bench). Up front, Roque and Kalinic (with Diouf & Roberts on the bench). * Keep Grella and Roberts in the stand. That then leaves us to do our bit!
I almost totally agree.Not sure Dunny is up to a full game - maybe good for the last 30 mins or so. I would have Emerton in centre mid. Otherwise good shout. Is Givet not suspended? I would probably have Benjani on the bench; not sure what he has done wrong!
[quote][p][bold]eddyo[/bold] wrote: Have we had the same team for the last 3 matches? Hopefully, the DVDs will not help Holloway too much - apart from the fact that SK is 'very progressive' in his squad rotation (ie. doesn't know his best team). * Luckily Blackpool don't have great pace or too dangerous an aerial threat. Play Salgado, Nelsen, Samba and Givet (don't play Olsson at full-back). Put Dunn and Nzonzi in centre-mid (PJ & JJ on the bench). Up front, Roque and Kalinic (with Diouf & Roberts on the bench). * Keep Grella and Roberts in the stand. That then leaves us to do our bit![/p][/quote]I almost totally agree.Not sure Dunny is up to a full game - maybe good for the last 30 mins or so. I would have Emerton in centre mid. Otherwise good shout. Is Givet not suspended? I would probably have Benjani on the bench; not sure what he has done wrong! nat-lads-dad
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11:11am Mon 14 Mar 11

bburnrover says...

Can I point out to our fans our manager is called Kean not Keane or Baldy thank you. Rant over.

Ian Holloway will not know what to expect as we never know do we? I think the laundry lady could select a better team formation because anyone who knew anything about football would not select Roberts,Grella,Andre
ws or Pederson in the starting line up unless they had a death wish.
Can I point out to our fans our manager is called Kean not Keane or Baldy thank you. Rant over. Ian Holloway will not know what to expect as we never know do we? I think the laundry lady could select a better team formation because anyone who knew anything about football would not select Roberts,Grella,Andre ws or Pederson in the starting line up unless they had a death wish. bburnrover
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11:31am Mon 14 Mar 11

batfastard says...

Come on you Tangerines
Come on you Tangerines batfastard
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12:46pm Mon 14 Mar 11

A Darener says...

Holloway won't know what team will turn up.
We won't know what team will turn up.
Kean will not know what team will turn up.
But more importantly the players will not know what team will turn up!!!!!!

Sec words safe-only....I wish!!
Holloway won't know what team will turn up. We won't know what team will turn up. Kean will not know what team will turn up. But more importantly the players will not know what team will turn up!!!!!! Sec words safe-only....I wish!! A Darener
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5:54pm Mon 14 Mar 11

zappedagain says...

Is there any truth in the rumour that Jerome Anderson now has an allocated office at Ewood Park?
I certainly hope not, but I've now heard this from 3 people!
Is there any truth in the rumour that Jerome Anderson now has an allocated office at Ewood Park? I certainly hope not, but I've now heard this from 3 people! zappedagain
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6:23pm Mon 14 Mar 11

Stone Island says...

zappedagain wrote:
Is there any truth in the rumour that Jerome Anderson now has an allocated office at Ewood Park? I certainly hope not, but I've now heard this from 3 people!
I wouldn't rule it out.
[quote][p][bold]zappedagain[/bold] wrote: Is there any truth in the rumour that Jerome Anderson now has an allocated office at Ewood Park? I certainly hope not, but I've now heard this from 3 people![/p][/quote]I wouldn't rule it out. Stone Island
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6:43pm Mon 14 Mar 11

Kaspervic says...

He should have been given a refund on the dvds
He should have been given a refund on the dvds Kaspervic
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7:27pm Mon 14 Mar 11

maltablackburnian says...

Kim wasn't very impressed with the Rovers DVDs!! She's hardly alone there. Bet Ian had a bloody good laugh, though.
Kim wasn't very impressed with the Rovers DVDs!! She's hardly alone there. Bet Ian had a bloody good laugh, though. maltablackburnian
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9:44pm Mon 14 Mar 11

blueandwhitey79 says...

better off watching ****,,,,
better off watching ****,,,, blueandwhitey79
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12:47pm Tue 15 Mar 11

burnley5960 says...

Come on Blackpool
Come on Blackpool burnley5960
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1:34am Sat 19 Mar 11

donkey lasher says...

your fans wasnt calling ur bald manager baldy they was calling (sir ian holloway) but i do find it difficult to understand why any fan wud call another manager when they wud love that manager at their club as i live in bburn and every 1 tells me they wud love the messehia of bloomfield to manage blackburn i will be celebrating at 5 0 clock in the fernhurst with lots more tangerines after the match with 3 points in the bag
your fans wasnt calling ur bald manager baldy they was calling (sir ian holloway) but i do find it difficult to understand why any fan wud call another manager when they wud love that manager at their club as i live in bburn and every 1 tells me they wud love the messehia of bloomfield to manage blackburn i will be celebrating at 5 0 clock in the fernhurst with lots more tangerines after the match with 3 points in the bag donkey lasher
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