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Seasiders boss takes realist's view after 4-0 defeat...

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes his side never had much of a chance of leaving Stamford Bridge with so much as a point as they suffered a 4-0 loss to Chelsea.

The Seasiders boss adopted a slightly different formation for the trip to face the Premier League leaders, leaving out striker Brett Ormerod and favouring defensive midfielder Alex Baptiste.

But Holloway revealed after the game that he expected his team to lose, regardless of the system they played.

"I would have been silly to think we did not have to do something different against Chelsea but I think we would have lost no matter what we did," he told BBC Sport.

"The tactical change did not work at all.

"I should have gone back [to our normal attacking system] earlier but when I went back to what we do the game was over by then.

"No matter what we do against the top teams we are light years off them. They are awesome with their mental approach and the way they go about games."

Blackpool currently sit ninth in the Premier League table having accumulated seven points in five games with wins over Wigan Athletic and Newcastle United, and a draw with Fulham.

The Seasiders' next league action is against Blackburn Rovers at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.

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