By Tony Alvarez
It was said that Blackpool would never make the Premier League, against all odds they did and were relegated breaking fans hearts on the last day of the season, many believed that they wouldn’t meet the same dizzy heights for many years to come.

However this hasn’t been the case, despite a non too flattering start to the campaign where in truth too many points were dropped Blackpool are still in the hunt for promotion, they lie in 5th place in the table 5 points off an automatic promotion place and only 1 point off third they are looking well set for the run in.
Saturdays point atPortsmouth keeps the tangerines run without a loss in 2012, they last tasted defeat toBirmingham on New Years Eve.

The remainder of February could provide pivotal to their promotion push, tomorrow they take on second bottom Doncaster who lost key man and top goal scorer Billy Sharp in the transfer window,Blackpoolwill expect all 3 points. Following that they travel toGoodisonParkfor an FA Cup fixture against Everton before hosting table toppers West Ham United which could be vital ifBlackpoolstill have aspirations of automatic promotion.

After they host the Hammers they travel to Bristol City who lie 21st in the table again they will expect to win but Bristol on their day have put in some strong performances this term.

The club lost some of their better players most notably DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam, leaving many to think a few years rebuilding were on the cards.

Some young players have come in and been stars of the show, although he played a part last season since going on loan to Sheffield United earlier in the season Matt Phillips has set the Championship alight.
Its not only youth that have seen Blackpool shine so brightly in the summer Holloway made the shrewd move of adding veteran striker Kevin Phillips to the squad. Despite reduced mobility Phillips is still deadly when provided with a chance and his clinical finishing has come in handy. Barry Ferguson has really added a calm presence and a battling quality in the middle of the park he may not grab the headlines in the way Kevin Phillips does but he has been every bit as important..

An important factor in the clubs League position is that many players have chipped in with goals Kevin an Matt Phillips are lead scores with 11 and 10 respectively but players such as Ince, LuaLua, Bogdanovic and Taylor-Fletcher amongst others all have a decent return.

I also think the January signing of Roman Bednar could prove to be a shrewd one he has always been a handful at this level and although his style of football isn’t always pleasing on the eye he knows how to find the back of the net.

With the table being so tight and only 4 points separating Blackpool from 10th placed Leeds it will be a tough run in, they have the quality to stay in the chase and if I was a betting man id put my money on a finish in the play off positions but I feel they will fall short this time round.

If any one has the mentality to push a team through a tough spell it is Ian Holloway I just am unsure if the old legs will last the season and its unknown how the younger players will cope under the pressure situations.

What are your thoughts? Can Blackpool go up? Where will they finish? Was Holloway clever with his rebuilding?

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