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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway stays calm after victory

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Holloway is keen to strengthen his squad

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway refused to get carried away after his side started the Premier League season with a 4-0 victory over Wigan.

"I'm so proud of these boys," said Holloway. "Some of them only shipped up this week and I had to introduce everybody to each other."

"We have still have got our feet on the ground," added the Seasiders boss.

"We have got a long, long way to go to get to that target to stay in this wonderful Premier League."

Gary Taylor-Fletcher's opening goal kickstarted Blackpool's win before Marlon Harewood added a brace and Alex Baptiste scored with an attempted cross.

Striker Harewood was one of three new signings, along with defender Craig Cathcart and midfielder Elliot Grandin, to start against Wigan and Holloway is aware more reinforcements are needed.


"I think the lads who I had last year, and the fans, were worried about who I was adding but I think you can see that if you take your time you can get some quality and you don't have to pay the earth for it," added Holloway.

"We really needed those boys to come in and I think Marlon was the key. We almost lost him because deals aren't easy to do at this level.

"Hopefully, we'll get it sorted and bring some more in because, if you look at the games we've got and the rules, we are miles behind everybody."

Holloway did lament the lack of preparation time he has had with a full squad and Blackpool's lack of resources compared to their rivals.

"I've had those lads twice on the grass," he continued. "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."

We allowed Blackpool too much space and we thought having the ball would be enough to win a football game and that's what cost us

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez was critical of his team's performance and the attitude they showed.

"The first half was unacceptable," he said. "When you play against a team that is newly promoted you know they are going to be ready for the battle and we were a yard off.

"We were very slack and sloppy and Blackpool took advantage of that. Then after that everything that could go wrong did go wrong.

"We improved in the second half as we imposed ourselves a little better. We scored a goal that was legal and was ruled offside but we didn't put in the basics that you need to win a football game."

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Blackpool but was moved to Wigan because of improvements being made to Bloomfield Road.

Martinez insisted this was not a reason behind his team's defeat as he added: "We showed a lack of intensity, especially off the ball.

"At the start of the Premier League you need to be ready. That's nothing to do with any football issue.

"You need to be ready to earn the right to be on the ball and we didn't do that. We allowed Blackpool too much space and we thought having the ball would be enough to win a football game and that's what cost us."

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