Bolton 2-2 Blackpool: Daily Mirror match report
Published 22:00 28/11/10 By MirrorFootball
At this time of year, many Premier League clubs will be jetting off on mid-season breaks to the sunshine.
The big earners get their batteries recharged and maybe even squeeze in a couple of cold ones next to the pool before the season gets serious.
Blackpool’s players will be the first to feel the sand between the their toes this week as they prepare to host Manchester United on Saturday.
But that is only because the cold snap could force Ian Holloway to take his lads to the local beach for training.
The Seasiders have no indoor facilities and if their Squires Gate training ground is frozen over, there is little else they can do.
Holloway said: “We might use the beach. Whereas most teams can train under their beautiful bubble, we haven’t really got anywhere.
“I might have to take them indoors – aerobics class or something. But we need to keep moving with the ball and we will have to think about that.
“We went to train on the beach last season but it was frozen. So we went to the casino instead, got the bacon sandwiches in and organised a poker tournament, which they loved. But that’s not what you need to do before playing Man United, is it?”
Judging by the way Blackpool’s players adore Holloway and live and breath his ideas, they could probably spend all week playing Black Jack and still believe they will turn United over.
Even though they let their two-goal lead slip here, Holloway could not criticise his side’s sparkling display.
For an hour they ripped apart a Wanderers side that has only been beaten by Arsenal and Liverpool this season.
They led through Ian Evatt’s header from Elliot Grandin’s corner and doubled the advantage when Luke Varney glanced in the same Frenchman’s corner.
They should have been further ahead but eventually cracked, as Owen Coyle played the final quarter of the game with four strikers.
Martin Petrov found the top corner from just outside the area, before Mark Davies finished off another wonderful Bolton passing move to level with just over a minute left.
Blackpool may have been pegged back but a tally of 19 points from their 15 games is still a remarkable achievement.
Having scored his first Premier League goal, Evatt believes he can shackle five-goal Dimitar Berbatov on Saturday and continue the Tangerines’ flying start to the season.
He said: “Let’s just see if he scores five again next week. I don’t think he will.
“Manchester United may have beaten Blackburn 7-1 but they have not come to Bloomfield Road yet.
“It will be a different kind of atmosphere and a different kind of game. We are going to give it our best shot like we always do.
“We are going to go into it with an open mind and play the only way we can.
“I was reading articles after the play-off final that said we would not even win a corner this season. So to have 19 points before we have even reached December is just fantastic.
“We need to keep our heads down and keep proving people wrong.
“Everybody wrote us off after the play-off final but it is not just the results we are getting, it is the way we are playing. We are a breath of fresh air.”