Q&A With Blackpool

  • May 03, 2013 | By Robert Hurst
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Ahead of the 99th meeting between Bolton and Blackpool, we have got the views of a Seasiders supporter.

Wanderers play host to Paul Ince's side on the final day of the Championship season, knowing victory would almost certainly secure a place in the play-offs. Recent history is against Dougie Freedman's side, however, with the Trotters winning just one of the previous seven meetings between the two sides - dating back to 1990.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of seasider from Tangerines forum Back Henry Street. In the interview below, Seasider shares their pick for play-off success, why it has been a season to forget for Blackpool and who the Wanderers dangerman will be on Saturday afternoon.

Q: As we prepare for the last game of the season, with only 13 points between the play-offs and the relegation zone, what are your thoughts on the Championship this season?

A: It's all about consistency. We have been so poor this season and yet we only find ourselves nine points outside the play-offs - madness. The league is very exciting but lacking in real quality.

Q: Going into this match, Blackpool sit in 15th place. How has this season been for the Seasiders?

A: It has been one of the most miserable seasons in the last few years. From the top of the league to ultimate despair, from managers leaving to a lack of signings and, finally, having to play football on a beach.

It's been a woeful season and thank God we had a good start, otherwise we would be going into the last day needing a victory for survival.

Q: Winning this match would secure a play-off place for Bolton in their first season in the Championship. Do you think Wanderers could achieve promotion at the first time of asking?

A: I don't see why not. Apart from Brighton, Bolton are the form team. My tip is still Brighton.

Q: As Blackpool's second consecutive season in the Championship comes to an end, how difficult do you think it could be for the Wanderers to get back to the Premier League if they don't win promotion this year?

A: The Championship is always unpredictable, so nothing will change that fact next season. Dougie Freedman seems to have got you playing well, so you will be in with a shout next season if you don't go up this time.

Q: After Ian Holloway left Bloomfield Road (to replace current Bolton manager Dougie Freedman at Crystal Palace), his replacement Michael Appleton left less than two months into his tenure. Now Paul Ince is in the Tangerines dugout. Do you think he was a good appointment?

A: At first, I was disappointed with the appointment. He must have been about the 20th choice. Usually chairmen say he was always our first choice but, thankfully, Karl Oyston didn't have the audacity to say that.

To be fair to Ince, he has done a decent job in steadying the ship. However, the real work starts now and we will be able to judge him better once he has put his mark on the team.

Q: Ince's son, Tom, is Blackpool's top scorer with 18 goals. Do you think you will be able to keep hold of him this summer?

A: No

Q: Apart from Ince Jnr, who else should Wanderers be wary of on Saturday?

A: Matty Phillips and Ludovic Sylvestre.

Q: Which Bolton player do you think Paul Ince will be earmarking as a potential threat to the Tangerines' goal?

A: I don't know too much about Bolton's team but I am sure Chris Eagles will be a threat. Others will likely cause a few problems at set pieces.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be on Saturday afternoon at what will be a sold-out Reebok Stadium?

A: In my heart - Bolton 1-3 Blackpool. In my head - Bolton 2-0 Blackpool.

Our players will already be on holiday.

Burnden Aces would like to thank seasider for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more thoughts from the Blackpool supporters by checking out our Q&A thread at Back Henry Street.

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21 Birmingham City 17 15
22 Burton Albion 18 14
23 Bolton Wanderers 18 13
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