Adam adopts positive attitude
Charlie Adam insists Blackpool will not alter their approach for table-topping Chelsea on Sunday.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 17/09/10 11:05pm
Charlie Adam has told skysports.com that Blackpool will not alter their approach for table-topping Chelsea on Sunday.
The Seasiders, tipped by many to struggle during their first season in the Premier League, have enjoyed a dream start to life in the top tier.
Seven points have been collected from their opening four fixtures, with Arsenal the only side to have put Ian Holloway's side to the sword.
The confidence and momentum established during last season's promotion push has been maintained and the side is playing without fear.
That is just as well as they face an unenviable trip to reigning champions Chelsea this weekend, a team full of goals right now.
Adam, though, insists Blackpool will not be fazed by the challenge awaiting them at Stamford Bridge and believes they are capable of springing another surprise.
He told skysports.com, as part of a promotional event for the launch for EA Sports FIFA 11: "You approach it in the way we have approached every other game, you try to win it.
"Chelsea are top of the league and are the champions, but we will be confident heading into the game and hopefully it will be good enough. If not, we will analyse things and move on to the next game. We will learn from our mistakes."
It is often said that you can learn more from a defeat than a win and Adam claims Blackpool have taken plenty from their solitary setback of the league campaign.
A crushing 6-0 mauling at the hands of Arsenal presented them with a rude Premier League awakening, but the Seasiders have been quick to put that disappointment behind them.
"We have learnt from it. If would be bad if we didn't learn from defeats," added Adam.
"We lost some bad goals there, but if we can learn from what happened at Arsenal that will help us. We just have to see what happens now.
"It's important that you react in the right way. You can't get too high when you're winning and you can't get too low when you've been beaten. You have ups and downs and you try to find a happy medium. We have done that so far this season and hopefully it will continue until to the end of the season."
Blackpool are now braced for what could be a defining moment in their season, with Scotland international Adam admitting that Holloway's side are still striving to prove themselves to the cynics who continue to write them off.
"We went to Newcastle and they hadn't been beaten in 13/14 months at home. We went there and got a result," he said.
"Chelsea are in fantastic form at the moment and it will be very tough, but we are ready for it. We are always looking to prove a point to everybody.
"It's the first time the club have been in the top flight for a number of years and because of that everybody is going to write us off. It's important that you stick together and make things as difficult for opponents as you can."
That philosophy has certainly served Blackpool well, with their endeavours so far proving that anything is possible.
Adam admits the club spoke in pre-season about the need to start brightly and establish a foothold, and he hopes they can keep that fire burning for some time yet.
He said: "We looked to start in the right way and I think we have done that so far. We knew it was going to be tough. You have to start well, though, whatever division you're in, especially the Premier League. It's hard to play catch-up, but fortunately we have started well.
"There is a long way to go, though, and you can't be judged on four games, you have to be judged on 38. If we're good enough over the course of the season, great."
Heading into the campaign it appeared as though Blackpool's cause could be hindered by a gruelling early season schedule.
With Bloomfield Road having undergone frantic redevelopment over the summer, four of their first five fixtures have been away from home.
However, Adam insists that has not been a problem, with the club adopting the same mindset for each and every game they play.
He said: "I think if you look at the way we try to play, we are ambitious home and away. We have been fortunate enough to get some good results away from home."
The fixture list will, of course, play into Blackpool's hands at some stage and they are set to end the 2010/11 campaign with five home encounters in their last seven outings.
"That, hopefully, will work in our favour," said playmaker-in-chief Adam.
"But we just have to take each game as it comes at the moment. Next up is away at Chelsea, then home to Blackburn and away at Liverpool. That's three fantastic games coming up and ones we are going to look forward to. We just have to try and win every game we are involved in and focus on ourselves."
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