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OPPOSITION VIEW: BLACKPOOL

25 September 2014

Essential reading on this weekend's opponents

BLACKPOOL

Nickname: The Seasiders
Manager: Jose Riga
2013/14: 20th
Ground: Bloomfield Road
Fastest road route from Carrow Road: 254 miles (4 hours 36 minutes)

THE LOWDOWN
Blackpool’s preparations for the 2014-15 campaign were hardly routine, with a number of factors affecting the team’s form in the early part of the campaign.

The Seasiders currently sit 23rd in the Sky Bet championship table having not registered a victory and having netted just three goals in their eight matches before this weekend.

They hit the headlines in the summer after facing Penrith in their first pre-season friendly with just eight contracted players, setting the tone for the next couple of months.


After losing their first six matches in all competitions, Jose Riga’s team have regained some respectability in recent weeks with credible draws against Wolves and Brighton.

Blackpool’s finest moment came in 1953 when, inspired by Stanley Matthews, they won the FA Cup with 4-3 triumph over Bolton Wanderers at Wembley. 

They spent one memorable season in the Premier League in 2010-11 under the guidance of Ian Holloway, doing the double over Liverpool but eventually succumbing to relegation.

They have one former Norwich City player in their ranks; goalkeeper Joe Lewis (2003-08), who joined the club on loan from Cardiff City in the summer.

THE BOSS
Jose Riga may have spent only six months in English football but he already has plenty of experience of the ups-and-downs associated with the Championship.

The 57-year-old took over at Charlton Athletic in March tasked with keeping the ailing Addicks in the second tier.

It was a mission he accomplished by winning seven of his 16 matches in charge, with survival achieved after beating Watford 3-1 in their penultimate fixture of the season.


Despite his success, Riga’s short-term deal was not extended and the former Standard Liege boss found himself looking for work. Blackpool came calling in June.

He has endured a testing start to life at Bloomfield Road, with it emerging during this month’s international break that chairman Karl Oyston had spoken to Burton Albion boss Gary Rowett about replacing Riga following disagreements between the pair.

The Belgian remains in the hotseat, however, and he will be keen to lead his team to their first victory of the campaign on home soil this weekend.

THE SQUAD
Goalkeepers: Joe Lewis, Elliot Parish.

Defenders: Donervon Daniels, Joan Oriol, Gary Mackenzie, Peter Clarke, Joel Dielna, Charles Dunne, Jeffrey Rentmeister, Tony McMahon (c).

Midfielders: David Perkins, Tomasz Cywka, Jacob Mellis, Andrea Orlandi, Jose Miguel Cubero, Edu Oriol, John Lundstram.

Forwards: Steve Davies, Bobby Grant, Francois Zoko, Nathan Delfouneso, Ishmael Miller, Nile Ranger, Sergei Zenjov, Tom Barkhuizen.

NEXT MATCH AT CARROW ROAD
Charlton Athletic, Tue 30 September – 19:45
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