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Pretty much every single pundit and commentator had Blackpool’s Premier League stay pegged as a very short one. Almost everyone picked them to finish last and be relegated back to the Championship. In fact, before the start of the season, Racingbase had their odds of going down at 1:4.
Even their own manager wasn’t optimistic about their chances, openly wondering whether Blackpool would even get 10 points – a total that would break Derby County’s 2007-2008 record for lowest point total in a Premier League season.
This were so bad that they even brought in legendary Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers (he of the 100% strike rate for England) a tryout. If that doesn’t scream desperation, I don’t know what does (other than perhaps bringing in Eric Djemba Djemba). Heck, they only filled out their roster on Wednesday, signing four players, including Manchester United castoff Craig Cathcart.
Well, look who’s sitting in second place pending the Manchester United/Newcastle United match on Monday Chelsea destroyed West Brom 6-0.
Obviously, no one expects Blackpool to challenge for a Champions League spot. Indeed, it’s probably only a matter of time before their inevitable 4-month winless drought. Still, their win puts them one-fourth of the way towards surpassing Derby’s total and their demolition of Wigan either proves that Blackpool aren’t as bad as we thought or that Wigan aren’t as good.
Or maybe it doesn’t prove anything at all.
Pepe Reina Makes Robert Green Look Like Lev Yashin
So, was Pepe Reina’s howler against Arsenal the worst gaffe in recent memory or only one of the top ten?
The main goalkeeping subplot going into the game was whether Manuel Almunia was on borrowed time as Arsenal’s number 1, especially with