Holloway’s deep thinking about Chelsea challenge

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway is spending the weekend fine-tuning his tactics for Monday’s eagerly anticipated encounter with Chelsea at Bloomfield Road.

The Blackpool boss has again watched the match at Stamford Bridge in September, when Pool found themselves 4-0 down at half-time, and says he won’t make the same mistakes.

“Come the business end of the season, Chelsea are such a big test. It would be tough with my main team, let alone with the lads I am going to have to put out,” said Holloway, alluding to the absence of the suspended Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell.

“But we’ll have as good a go as we can and try to hurt them.

“Can we run at their back four? Can we get the ball to do that? Can we bring them on to us and then go and hurt them?

“That’s what my tactics will be, rather than playing a completely suicidal high line against their fantastically fast centre forwards.

“So our gameplan will be to offer them less space in behind than we did last time.

“Kalou caused us major problems, so did Malouda and Drogba. They kept spinning in behind and in that first half they scored every ten minutes. It was frightening.

“We are going to try to keep our defence a little deeper, bring the midfield a little deeper, and then hopefully counter-attack them.

“We need to play in that manner because I don’t anticipate us having as much of the ball on our own pitch as I normally do.

“We did it well against Tottenham. They had more possession and shots than we did but we scored three goals and won.

“I am hoping we do the same against Chelsea.

“Unfortunately in between we lost at Wolves and that was a bad one.

“But that’s this level. Let’s get on with the next one, it’s all you can do.”