Friday 17 April 2009

Blackpool splash out on loan signings

Blackpool have bust their budget this year on loan signings and in their case it appears to have secured Championship survival even if they fail to pick up the anticipated three easy points at The Valley tomorrow: Loans

Loan signings have not worked as well at The Valley, but supremo Phil Parkinson has sought to defend them, insisiting that moves of this kind were the only viable options available as he attempted to move Charlton away from the lower echelons of the Championship.

Speaking to the media ahead of Saturday's Valley meeting with Blackpool, who themselves have taken 21 players on loan this season, Parkinson said: 'I can understand why some supporters might have a bee in their bonnet about the loans.'

To judge from a very informative posting by King's Hill Addick, Parkinson's future is in the balance. Kinsella and Chappell would also go in any clear out.

I expect Charlton to beat the Seasiders tomorrow and I am going for a 3-1 win as part of a storming finish to the season, with Bailey and Shelvey both putting themselves in the shop window.

Charlton could be relegated and Leamington promoted tomorrow. Although Brakes were worn down by Chasetown on Easter Monday, they are expected to win at Harbury Lane tomorrow against bottom club Malvern who have conceded 126 goals this season. Brakes have suffered from a mixture of nerves and complacency recently, but should give another bumper crowd cause for celebration.

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