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In praise of Blackpool

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Lawro does not believe Holloway should change the style of play

By Mark Lawrenson
BBC Sport football expert

Blackpool well and truly beaten again? Yes, but the newly promoted side should not be too downcast after their 4-0 defeat by Premier League leaders at Stamford Bridge.

I look at it like this: if on the Friday before the start of the season, you told manager Ian Holloway his team - after five games, four away and one at home - would have seven points then he would have been delighted.

Blackpool have beaten Wigan and Newcastle, and those types of teams that Holloway's side have to worry about beating.

The way Holloway's got his team playing has worked to an extent. What's the point of not having a go and then losing 2-0?

Chelsea are light years ahead - Holloway

I don't know whether they'll survive the drop. They'll be reliant on home form and have that attitude of "we'll beat anyone on our turf".

That doesn't quite work in the Premier League, because you have to open up.

But don't forget there were two teams at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Chelsea really have made a fantastic start. Some have mentioned that they haven't been stretched yet, but the Blues look the real deal to me.

It was unbelievably easy for Carlo Ancelotti's men against Blackpool - they could have had 10.

I think the next four league matches will be tougher for the champions - I always tend to think wait until about 10 games, then you can make a fair assessment of how the season might pan out.

Of course, when talking about Chelsea we have to touch on Manchester United.

A 3-2 win over Liverpool and I have to say Dimitar Berbatov's second goal was the hallmark of a genius - there are not many in the league who could score a goal like that.

Liverpool were disappointing in the first half because they didn't get the ball to striker Fernando Torres' feet. But they did after the break, and he won his side a penalty and then the free-kick that led to the second goal.

In the blue half of Liverpool, things haven't been rosy in the Everton garden. But they have been creating a lot of chances and when Yakubu came on against Newcastle, he looked lively.

I don't think they need major surgery and Everton will finish in the top 10 - no doubt about that.

Moyes frustrated with start to season

It was some goal that gave Newcastle the 1-0 win at Goodison Park.

Scorer Hatem Ben Arfa looks really good, but now the Geordies will expect him do that every week! He has a trick or two and his pace alone will cause problems. I also liked the holding player Cheik Tiote - he can cover the pitch. It's early doors but the pair look promising.

The other match that caught my eye this weekend was West Ham's 1-1 draw at Stoke.

After Stoke grabbed a late winner against Villa to pick up their first points of the season, I thought the Hammers would be put to the sword. But no, they scored and they also created a few chances. They'll grow in spirit after that. West Ham manager Avram Grant wasn't there as we know, but he had prepared the team very well.

There has been a lot of reaction after Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce was quoted as saying that he would be able to manage big clubs such as Inter Milan and Real Madrid .

I reckon it was tongue in cheek and aimed at Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has criticised the physical approach adopted by Blackburn, because we all know there is no love lost between the two managers.

Mark Lawrenson was talking to BBC Sport's Saj Chowdhury



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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 19 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 5 20 15
2 Arsenal 5 10 11
3 Man Utd 5 7 11
4 Man City 5 4 8
5 Tottenham 5 2 8
6 Newcastle 5 2 7
7 Fulham 5 1 7
8 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
9 Blackpool 5 -4 7
10 West Brom 5 -4 7
11 Sunderland 5 0 6
12 Birmingham 5 -1 6
13 Bolton 5 -1 6
14 Blackburn 5 -1 5
15 Wolves 5 -2 5
16 Liverpool 5 -3 5
17 Stoke 5 -3 4
18 Wigan 5 -11 4
19 Everton 5 -3 2
20 West Ham 5 -10 1

Premier League results

19 Sep 2010 23:59 UK


see also
Chelsea 4-0 Blackpool
19 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Holloway vows to keep attacking
19 Sep 10 |  Premier League
I could manage Real - Allardyce
17 Sep 10 |  Blackburn
Man Utd 3-2 Liverpool
19 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Wigan 0-2 Man City
19 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Aston Villa 1-1 Bolton
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Blackburn 1-1 Fulham
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Everton 0-1 Newcastle
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Stoke 1-1 West Ham
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Sunderland 1-1 Arsenal
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Tottenham 3-1 Wolves
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League
West Brom 3-1 Birmingham
18 Sep 10 |  Premier League


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