Champ Corner's Jack
Brazier feels that Blackpool are one striker away from being a top six Championship side.
In terms of early season form,
Blackpool have to be considered as having a very good start in a season where
many expected them to struggle and perhaps even get relegated. I was one of the
doubters and after only one loss from their opening eight games Blackpool find
themselves occupying a spot just outside the play-offs, a spot many of their
fans would love to be in around April time.
The vast majority of QPR fans
have an appreciation and respect for Blackpool's manager, Ian Holloway and I am
no different. After all he was the man who led us out of League One when we
were on the brink of going out of existence just a few years ago. He also never
failed to better league finishes year on year. So I'm caught in two minds about
how things have started for Ollie on the seaside.
On the one hand I am delighted
that the Tangerine juggernaught appears to be gathering momentum with the
recent wins over Newcastle and Forest because Blackpool are really showing
themselves to be a decent side. On the other hand I fear that Blackpool are
only a proven goalscorer away from being a side in genuine play-off
Ian Holloway also knows a
bargain when he sees one and he proved that by bringing in the impressive
Hameur Bouazza. Pairing him with Charlie Adam and Jason Euell makes Blackpool
appear a lot more dangerous to opponents than they have been in previous years
because they create a lot more chances. I was surprised Ian Holloway didn't try
and bring in Danny Webber earlier in the Summer, before the player knew that
Portsmouth would make an unexpected move for him, because all the seasider's
need now is someone finishing those chances.
I say I fear Blackpool becoming
another top six hopeful because QPR don't need anymore competition for a play-off
place when there's already about 15 teams in the league who believe they could
seriously be amongst them come the end of the season.
That's the thing about the
Championship, the second tier of English football. There is so much passion in
this league and such an air of unpredictability and uncertainty surrounding the
matches that take place in it every week. I like to do an accumulator bet every
Saturday and I never bet on many Championship games because it's so difficult
to choose a winner in them.
Next up for Blackpool though is
the rejuvenated Peterborough United at Bloomfield Road. My money's on a home
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