Thursday 14 August 2014
Blackpool announce themselves on the Premier League stage with a four-goal rout of Wigan in 2010/11
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
Barclays Premier League newcomers Blackpool scored four times at Wigan Athletic in a dream start to their debut season in the competition.
The Seasiders, who had switched the fixture from their Bloomfield Road stadium because of unfinished redevelopment work after promotion via the Championship play-offs in May, controlled the match against their Lancashire rivals.
Chances had already been spurned by Brett Ormerod and debutant Marlon Harewood before the latter set up Gary Taylor-Fletcher to put the visitors ahead in the 16th minute.
Taylor-Fletcher then had an effort disallowed for offside but Blackpool kept coming forward and were rewarded with two goals by Harewood in a six-minute spell just before the interval.
First the former West Ham United striker beat Chris Kirkland with a long-range shot and he was on hand to tuck home a rebound after the goalkeeper had parried a shot from another summer signing Elliot Grandin.
Wigan’s Steve Gohouri had a header ruled out after the break before Alex Baptiste completed the win when his cross went in at the near post.
Seasiders manager Ian Holloway refused to get carried away by his side’s first top flight away win for almost exactly 40 years.
"We have still got our feet on the ground and have a long way to go to get to that target of staying in this wonderful Barclays Premier League,” he said.
The Tangerines's strong start continued and included a victory over Liverpool at Anfield, and they were eighth in late December, but just three wins in 20 matches meant an immediate return to the Championship.
Wigan finished three points above Blackpool as they secured Barclays Premier League safety on the final day of the season.