Holloway: Blackpool must not freeze

BY foxsports • September 18, 2010

The Seasiders face the league leaders and champions at Stamford Bridge having been thrashed 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium on their previous visit to London last month. It was a chastening experience and one Holloway feels his team could suffer again if they let themselves become overawed by the stature of the players they are lining up against. "What we've got to realise is that, yes, we are out there and if you get a bit star-struck you end up looking at the person who is taking you on, rather than just watching the ball and dealing with it," Holloway said. "I felt we did that at Arsenal after the first goal went in. We were fine until then, but then all of a sudden we had let six in. "I'm still proud of what we tried to do, but we got a lot wrong that day. "We didn't get tight enough, we didn't get close enough and if we do those things again, it could be very similar on Sunday." The defeat against Arsenal has been the only aberration in an otherwise impressive start to life in the Premier League for Blackpool, who were promoted in May via the Championship play-offs. The Tangerines have won two of their opening four matches - a sensational 4-0 victory at Wigan and last weekend's 2-0 triumph at Newcastle - and were only held to a draw in another thanks to a late equaliser at Bloomfield Road by Fulham's Dickson Etuhu. Those results have seen Holloway's side move up to fourth place, but the manager knows it is important to remain grounded about their early success. "The facts at the moment are that we have seven points out of 12, which no-one would have given us a hope in hell to get," Holloway said. "This is another away game and we have only had one at home, which we played exceptionally well in and could have had another two points, barring a great goal against us in the last three minutes. "If we could go to Stamford Bridge and give a really good account of ourselves, it will be something else to put in your top pocket and then we can see where we go. But no-one is going to get carried away." Blackpool youth team coach Gary Parkinson has been in hospital after suffering a stroke last week and the players displayed a t-shirt during the Newcastle game with his name on it. Holloway met with the 42-year-old's wife Debbie on Friday and stressed the club would do whatever it could to offer support to the Parkinson family. "It was great to see her and I'm amazed at the strength of the lady," Holloway said. "As long as there is a hope that someone can come back, then hopefully, Gary can, but it is a shock to everyone, with him only being 42. "We've got to be there for her and I've assured her we will be."

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