Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday April 15 2011
Blackpool v Wigan Athletic is a real six pointer if ever there was one, both clubs deep in trouble with just six matches remaining, the bosses, Roberto Martinez and Ian Holloway have been previewing the game and talking about each other, lets take a look at what they have been saying:
Latics boss Roberto Martinez:
'Although following the team at Chelsea was very expensive for our fans there was a real warmth to their support for our players'
'In the next two away fixtures we need that same desire to get behind the team, Saturday's game is a key fixture for us and it gives the squad a real boost to know we've sold out our allocation at Bloomfield Road.
'We're looking forward to rewarding them with a good performance and a good result.'
'Charlie Adam has fantastic distribution and great range in his long passes that allows Blackpool to be expansive and cover the full pitch.
'It subsequently brings out the best in players like DJ Campbell and Gary Taylor-Fletcher who have the pace and finishing ability to hurt teams.
'There's a system there that has brought a lot of success over the last two seasons and it's allowed them to play with belief and freedom which can be dangerous.'
'In the Championship last season he (Ian Holloway) developed a winning momentum in the team and to gain promotion turned out to be a big surprise after everyone's predictions at the start of the campaign.
'They've adapted well to the Premier League and have been able to compete amongst teams in the world's best competition.
'They're not going to change their style or become defensive over the final games of the season, they take risks, play expansive football and go from defensive to attack very quickly and that is why they've enjoyed success.
'Because of that they score goals and you always know that when you play Blackpool you're going to have to score two or three goals to counter that.
'It's going to be a great game between two sides desperate for points with plenty incentives to play an open, attacking match.'
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway:
'I don't think he's (Martinez) got anything like the credit he deserves'
'He's come up from two divisions down and he's taken over at a club which has sold some top-quality players.
'The football they have tried to play is quite outstanding. Unfortunately this level is so tough and there is always going to be someone down at the bottom.
'But as football managers go, I think he is fantastic and there is no doubt in my mind that he is going to be a top, top manager - not just keeping a club in the Premier League.
'I think he will have gone an awfully long way by the time he finishes, because he is a lot younger than me and looks a lot fresher than me! He's been an inspiration to me.'
'A friend of mine told me to go and watch them (Swansea), so I did.
'I was amazed at the players he had and how they were now playing - the coolness they had, the ball control, and it must have been something he was doing day in, day out, week in, week out to improve them.
'I had a look at what I was doing and thought I'd better change, so if I'm inspirational, what on earth is he?
'I'm not going to stand here patting him on the back, but he's a wonderful fella.
'He's a Spanish lad and it seems to be bred in them - they keep the ball, look after it. His players do, and he teaches them how to do it.'
Holloway's team have won only once in their last 12 games but he feels the Tangerines still have plenty of fight left in them.
'We always knew we were going to be a bit punchdrunk by the end of the season, with the level of this'
'We have been on the ropes a little bit and we thought we would have been on them a lot more - we probably thought we'd be on the canvas a bit more as well, to be fair, actually knocked out at the bottom of the league.
'But the great thing is that we haven't been hit down yet.
'People have been hitting us and we've been wobbled, but that is because they are good and we are trying to get as good as them.
'But all in all, the old slugger is still standing and we have got six more punches to try to throw.
'And do I think we can land a couple of them? Yes I do. So let's see what happens.'
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Date:Friday April 15 2011
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