Holloways Head Grounded After Deceptive VictoryBy: Max | August 19th, 2010
It would be too easy for your any one to become overexited by the watching the tangerine-dream-opener this weekend against Wigan. They totally thraped Roberto Matinez’s hapless side in their own back yard, and to the unscrupulous viewer it would seem like the kind of performance that potential champtions would set out as a standard – cue Chelsea’s dispatching of Baggies.
But in similarly humble way to Carlo Ancelloti’s post match reaction – great minds (!) – Ian Holloway unsurpirisingly didn’t share in the post match delerium of the Seasiders fans, although no-one can blame them and why would they. It was a strange pre-season for Blackpool, but after aquiring 4 good signings and ace-in-the-hole Marlon Harewood their cards were not exactly played close to their chest, and Wigan looked about as card sharp as blue and white bubble-gum. They could not ontend with the pace and pressure that Blackpool excerted, and this was epitomised by Harewood running the show up front.
Holloways reaction probably suggested as much relief that that pre-season period was over and league football could actually take place. It was a disappointingly cliche-ridden post match repsonse from Holloway, adding to the impression that he’s a bit fed up of the frenetic capitalism that he is now engaged with:
“I’ve had those lads twice on the grass. It’s been a hideous pre-season for me, the chairman and secretary because I am so shocked at what everybody else is on and what they are paying – we are completely out of our depth.
“But we will try our best and keep going. The win is fantastic for the boys to start believing in themselves and keep the momentum going.”
And in this, Holloway echoes the sentiments of every follower. It is going to get much, much harder than the incredibly generous defending from Martinez’s side and the luck that granted at least three of the four goals.