Ollie to write off FA Cup in 2011

Last updated : 07 January 2011 By INOIT

Manager Ian Holloway has promised to try to win the FA Cup for Blackpool - but not this year.

With a hectic month ahead, Holloway is planning to send out a side made up of fringe players and youth team members in their third-round cup tie at Southampton.

Having already played Manchester City and Birmingham, Blackpool still face rearranged league clashes with Liverpool and Manchester United this month as well as regular scheduled fixtures against West Brom and Sunderland.

Holloway said: "I want to win everything and one day I will be going for the FA Cup as well with Blackpool. But we are not in that situation at the moment.

"I'm moving some of the youth team up the pecking order and I'm going to give some of the lads who haven't played a go. If my fans don't like it I do apologise, but I think we can go down there and give a great account of ourselves. My main team will be rested. They won't even be on the journey because it is an astronomical distance to go when we have a game on Wednesday against Liverpool."


The tie in context

• This is one of the four third round ties bringing together a Premier League and a League One club.
• Southampton are one of the 11 third tier clubs battling for a place in the last 32.
• Blackpool supporters will need to undertake a 530-mile round trip for this tie.

Gulf in class

• Blackpool are 33 spots higher than the Saints in the league standings.


• Blackpool won their last visit to Southampton 1-0 in the Championship in August 2008.
• The Seasiders have won one and drawn two of their last three meetings with the Saints.
• Southampton's last triumph over the Lancashire club was 1-0 in a home Championship encounter, in November 2007.

FA Cup records and best performances

• Southampton beat Blackpool on their way to lifting the trophy for the one and only time in their history.
• They won 3-1 in the fourth round in January 1976, with a brace from Mick Channon.
• Blackpool, earlier, knocked out Southampton on their way to their only FA Cup triumph in 1953.
• The Seasiders needed a replay in the fifth round to see off the Saints 2-1 at the Dell in February 1953.

The clubs - SOUTHAMPTON - Current form

• Won the last three, scoring 11 goals in the process.
• Lost one of seven.

FA Cup form

• Yet to concede a goal in this season's cup run, following a 2-0 win over Shrewsbury, and a 3-0 victory over Cheltenham, both at St Mary's.
• Lost in the third round in only one of the last six seasons. During that time they have been quarter-finalists once, and reached the last 16 on three more occasions.
• Portsmouth, who ended their interest last season, were also the last Premier League club they eliminated from the competition; fourth round, January 2005.

BLACKPOOL- Current form

• Lost the last two, after a run of five Premier League games without defeat (W3, D2).
• DJ Campbell has scored all their four goals in the last four games.

FA Cup form

• Lost 99 FA Cup matches.
• Third round victims in each of the last three years.
• The fourth round appearance in 2007 is their best performance in 20 years.
• Lost the last four ties, and not won a match in the competition since then Conference club Aldershot Town were beaten 4-2 in the third round at Bloomfield Road in January 2007.

Replay date: Tuesday, 18 January 2011 (Kick off: 2000 GMT)

Match officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Assistant referees: Stephen Child and Martin Yerby
Fourth official: Iain Williamson

Stockport have signed Blackpool midfielder Stephen Husband and winger Ishmel Demontagnac on loan.

Blackpool duo Husband, 30, and Demontagnac, 22, and Newcastle's 20-year-old Grieve have all signed month-long deals.

They could face Gillingham on Saturday if paperwork comes through in time.

Stockport dismissed manager Paul Simpson on Tuesday, appointing assistant Peter Ward as caretaker manager and promising "four or five new arrivals" in January.