West Brom boss Di Matteo big admirer of Blackpool achievements

West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto di Matteo is a fan of tonight's opponents Blackpool.

West Bromwich Albion boss Roberto di Matteo is a fan of tonight's opponents Blackpool.

Di Matteo came across Ian Holloway's Seasiders in the npower Championship last season and although he confesses to being shocked that they managed to navigate their way through the play-offs, he is impressed by their start to life in the Barclays Premier League.

"I was positively surprised they got promoted," Di Matteo admitted. "They went into the play-offs in sixth place but it was good to see. It's a breath of fresh air, something different, new, exciting.

"You watch the games and you see they've played some great football. After Arsenal and Chelsea they play some of the most attractive stuff. They move the ball, they pass it, they create chances."

The Albion boss is also aware that Blackpool have some shock results under their belt already and could have made an even greater stir had a couple of tight matches fallen their way.

"They won 4-0 against Wigan, 2-0 at Newcastle, 2-1 at Anfield and then against Manchester City they were very unlucky.

"At home to Blackburn they lost in stoppage time too so they could have had three or four more points easily. It's such a thin line between a few more points and a few less."

 
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