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you could see that west ham had a lot of gaps at the back against cardiff in the 1st leg, if we get em in the final we will blister that defence UTMP
Posted 07:31 5th May 2012
I'm just gonna go with west ham for the fact that they've topped the league for quite a while and then slipped up all of a sudden.....So they'd try everything possible to make up for that in the play-offs....Come on Hammers!!!!
Posted 04:16 4th May 2012
to be honest sam .. i dont think past league results matter now... this is now like a cup game not a league match...and if west ham are so good, why are they in the playoffs and not up! ...
Posted 22:03 3rd May 2012
Erm, if West Ham are so good, why did Ipswich beat them 5-1 at home and 1-0 away??
Posted 17:28 3rd May 2012
Tough one to call this year. West Ham, have got to feel a tad despondent, having not clinched automatic promotion, having looked out and out certainties to go up, at one stage. However, they still have enough about them at the moment, to worry me. Birmingham - it has to be said - have had it tough this season. Playing catch up with the rest of us, after earning a Euro adventure. Zigic, has been a thorn in Blackpool's side in the past - and it's imperative, (if he plays?) that he's marked tightly, throughout both legs. Blackpool - are just pleased to have made the play-offs, after a year of rebuilding and initial despondency. They will go into each game whole-heartedly and give it their best - which usually means - all out attack, for the full 90 mins and beyond. : ) Cardiff City - I really feel for. They are always there or thereabouts and it's surely only a matter of time, before they claim a prized place in the Premier League. They haven't been quite at their best this season - but, they are still seasoned campaigners and only a fool would write them off. My forecast - Not easy but, I take both Cardiff and Blackpool to 'edge' through - for a repeat of the 2010 final. Based purely on the fact, that both clubs, have a decent amount of recent play-off experience.
Posted 17:02 3rd May 2012
I'm quite happy our chances are being down played.
Posted 16:14 3rd May 2012
Suits me, you keep ruling out the men in claret. You'll soon get a culture shock when Vaz Te teases your defence and makes them look like an U14 Reserve team misfit Plenty of experience behind us. COYI
Posted 15:41 3rd May 2012
Maybe that was down to the tightness of the pitches Interesting to note West Hams pitch had been narrowed by 4 or 5 yards since last season. In particular the poor quality of the Blackpool pitch, which they had struggled several times on, having been more of a footballing side than the 'Ammers. Facing us if we are lucky enough to get through on a big expansive pitch like Wembley will be a different prospect entirely.
Posted 14:59 3rd May 2012
Last four games v Blackpool won 3 drew 1 - Blackpool struggle against big organised sides - and I think there back four is very weak and suspect to set pieces - i think we will win at a cater and meet West Spam in the Final
Posted 14:47 3rd May 2012
That's it then Sam. West Ham to beat Blackpool 8-1 in the final.
Posted 14:20 3rd May 2012
cardiff go into the playoffs without any pressure this season malky having rebuilt this side from scratch no one could have expected such a great season .if they can reproduce anywhere near there carlingcup final form they will take all the beating this side seems to be able to up there game in the big pressure matches and there seems to be a great team spirit in this side that wasnt there in previous seasons im all for it being 3rd time lucky for the bluebirds with a repeat wembley final against blackpool. come on you bluebirds
Posted 14:08 3rd May 2012
I would love to see birmingham go up i think the job Chris Houghton has done has been nothing short of amazing & i'm a forest fan!
Posted 13:50 3rd May 2012
Birmingham drew at home to Cardiff and West Ham. We beat Blackpool 3-0! Birmingham have lost once at home all season. Just saying........
Posted 13:31 3rd May 2012
Having watched my side play all of those sides this season, I was not majorly impressed by any of them. That said, they have had very good seasons in the circumstances, though West Ham may have some right to be disappointed. I think in terms of performances against us, Cardiff performed the best, whilst West Ham knew how to get a grind out the results. The winner of that semi will really fancy it in the final. I just think Blackpool might get caught out this time. I think not a lot has been made of Birmingham, and I fancy them to at reach Wembley. Going with my gut, because it really is an evenly matched playoffs this season, I'm going to go for Cardiff. I just think they're in good form and will be desperate to make up for their previous Playoff/Wembley disappointments. I think Malky Mackay is the sort of manager you want when it really boils down to it as well.
Posted 12:48 3rd May 2012
For the first time ever i'm not that nervous going into the playoff's as a Birmingham fan. With the mass exodus or players, McJudas going to the Villa and the Hong Kong issues mid-table would have been an achievement for Hughton. Anything from here is a bonus...
Posted 12:36 3rd May 2012
Agreed with Peter, Blackpool will probably win the play-offs. But with the run Cardiff is on, they might just do it. I don't think West Ham have enough left in the tank to make the final. B'ham are a great team, but I think they'll just miss out.
Posted 09:35 3rd May 2012
Thanks Peter, i feel better having read your comments, and your theory on Blackpool grabbing promotion makes total sense. I was feeling pretty nervous about our clash with Birmingham on friday, but a lot more relaxed and confident about it now. 3-1, come on Pool ! cheers.
Posted 22:41 2nd May 2012
Blackpool have a fantastic records in the Play Offs too. Despite that i think Birmingham and West Ham have players with bigger game experience....
Posted 18:51 2nd May 2012
Erm, if Blackpool are so good, why did West Ham beat them 4-0 at home and 4-1 away, with ten men and a midfielder in goal?
Posted 16:22 2nd May 2012