Writer: Dr Watford
Date:Friday September 28 2007
Blackpool might not illuminate the Championship with sexy football and technical guile but their team spirit, commitment and 'do or die` attitude has already ground out some solid results against so called title contenders.
Sir Aidy has got a lot of time for Blackpool boss Simon Grayson as "he's got a bit about him" apparently and the VitalWatford boys ain`t about to start disagreeing with the Watford supremo.
The 37 year old Seasiders boss, nicknamed 'Larry`, has made over 450 league performances for Leeds, Leicester, Blackburn and Blackpool without being overly spectacular as a player. With a 43% win rate at Bloomfield, he`s made light work of management since taking over from Colin Hendry.
MORE THAN HIS 15 MINUTES OF FAME…
Striker Andy Morrell may not be a household name but the ex Wrexham and Coventry hitman sure as damn knows where the net is. In fact, he`s put away 75 league goals in just 253 games - which, given that he`s been coached by Welsh legend Ian Rush, says much about the nature of his game.
Morrell secured his big break after Sky Sports presenter Rob McCaffrey got him a trial at Wrexham through Joey Jones - So next time that weird looking bloke off the telly holds a phone in, ring him up and ask for a run out!
BETTER KEEP AN EYE ON…
Keigan Parker - The Tangerine`s number 7 may sound like a Super Heroe`s alter ego but the Scottish attacking striker has given the Bloomfield Road faithful plenty to "Marvel" at over the last few seasons.
The ex St Johnstone(r), who has scored against both Old Firm sides, has rattled in 35 goals for Blackpool, was joint scorer last season with 16 and netted the 2nd in the 2-0 playoff final win at Wembley!
All that, after changing in a phone box.
THE FUTURE`S BRIGHT
Grayson has been a bit cute and pulled together a squad of 20-somethings to give the club and himself some stability throughout the core of the team. Then again with Canadian U20 midfielder Mike D`Agostino, right back Phil Marsh from Man Utd and 17 year olds Matthew Kay (midfielder) and Kyle Clancy (GK) looking to break into the first team fold at some point, the future could well be bright…
And no doubt, with it being Blackpool and all that, it will definitely be orange!!
THE 'MUST WIN` HEAD TO HEAD
This season has seen Lloyd Doyley and Jordan Stewart being given a bit more license to roam forward by Aidy Boothroyd yet with ex Man Utd trainee David Fox and Irishman Wes Hoolaham on both wings, Blackpool have plenty of ability down the flanks to trouble the Hornets.
It`s gonna be tough for the Watford full backs to play their usual game as both wingers are sharp, aware and aren`t afraid to run at players. The VitalWatford boys ain`t expecting too many overlapping runs from the Watford lads as they look to null the threat.
BIG UP TOP?
The seasiders have experience in abundance up top as they partner free scoring Andy Morrell with journeyman Gary Taylor Fletcher or Keigan Parker with Ben Burgess also a regular goal getter usually starting on the bench.
GTF has a strong lower league record of 65 in 250 and has been a hit at both Huddersfield and Lincoln whilst Burgess has played a few times for the Irish U21 team and has already netted a couple so far this season in the league.
Ex Luton man and rather pacy forward, Adrian Forbes, is also in the attacking frame after joining on a free from Swansea but has yet to make an impact.
AIN`T YOU PAST IT?
Flame haired Claus Jorgenson seems to have been around in the lower leagues forever and whilst we can`t imagine he looks good in a 'kiss me quick hat` he`s no Blackpool Donkey either.
The Faroe Island international has bags of Championship pedigree thanks to spells at Bradford and Cov and has a habit of finding the net from 30 yards. He`s also only 31 - yeah there was surprised gasp across VitalWatford Towers an` all.
DR WATFORD`S GREAT BIG 'I NEVER KNEW THAT` MOMENT
The famous Blackpool Tower is 515ft tall and cost £41,000 in 1894. Blackpool defender Ian Evatt is 520ft tall and was signed from QPR for £150,000.
Ok, that`s actually a lie… The Blackpool Tower is actually 518ft in height. Evatt, who usually partners Michael Jackson at centre back, is a huge danger at set pieces given his giant frame (6ft 3) but he`ll miss Saturday`s game due to injury.
VERDICT - THE 'GOOD SHIP BOOTHROYD` OUTLOOK
A close encounter. Pool are no pushovers and have already picked up maximum points at Leicester and Hull, whilst draws at Sheff Utd, Burnley and Bristol City show they have the grit for a scrap.
Watford on their day should be too strong but the Hornets aren`t in top gear so this has a scoredraw written all over it.
Date:Friday September 28 2007
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