Eardley eager to carry on attacking

07 November 2010 01:10
eal Eardley has promised Blackpool will continue to attack their Premier League rivals, no matter what their reputation.

The Seasiders' fine start to their first top-flight season in 39 years continued on Saturday as they held Everton to a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool suffered heavy defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea earlier in the campaign but the experience has not unnerved them and Everton could have followed Liverpool into their victory column had Marlon Harewood's late strike stood.

Eardley, who marked his 22nd birthday by opening the scoring with a stunning free-kick, said: "We came into this league wanting to attack teams and just do things the way we do. It's paying off for us at the moment.

"I think we're hungry to win games no matter what.

"We have got a great set of lads here - not just the players, the staff as well.

"We go into these games together and I think that is why we are doing so well.

"No matter what the circumstance, we are always hungry to win games."

Eardley struck after just 10 minutes as he brilliantly bent the ball around the Everton wall from 25 yards.

Yet in a thrilling end-to-end encounter, the Merseysiders responded immediately as Tim Cahill headed his 50th Premier League goal.

Eardley's Wales team-mate David Vaughan put Blackpool back in front early in the second half but again the visitors replied with a quick equaliser as former Blackpool loanee Seamus Coleman struck.

Both sides had spells of dominance and either could have won it. Coleman, Louis Saha, Jermaine Beckford and Steven Pienaar all went close for Everton while Blackpool captain Charlie Adam forced a good save from Tim Howard.

The Tangerines thought they had snatched victory in the last minute but Harewood saw his effort ruled out after the slightest of touches on Phil Jagielka.

Eardley said: "We see that as a good point, we knew Everton were going to be strong.

"Over the 90 minutes I would say that was a fair reflection of the game, but that was a point gained rather than two lost.

"We finished really strongly and could've got a third - I didn't see much wrong with Marlon's goal - but it wasn't to be."

As for his goal, the right-back added: "I was delighted to get off the mark. To do it in the Premier League too was different class.

"It was a good birthday present, I'm delighted. But after we scored the first goal maybe we should have tried to slow the game down a bit and keep the ball, because they replied really quickly.

"The same happened in the second half - we got the second goal and they got their second more or less straight away.

"That killed us a little but I think we finished the stronger."

Eardley has regained his place in the Blackpool side this season after losing it to Coleman during the Irishman's short loan at Bloomfield Road late last term.

Coleman, who also turned 22 recently, is now emerging as one of the Premier League's most promising talents having featured regularly for Everton since playing a key role in Blackpool's promotion campaign.

The winger or full-back certainly gave Blackpool a reminder of his talents with a superb display wide on the right.

Everton manager David Moyes, who likened the player to Tottenham star Gareth Bale this week, is pleased with the youngster's development.

Moyes said: "He has done terrific. He did great for the goal.

"There are one or two things he could have done better but overall his performance was good.

"He got to the byline and put some balls in he would have hoped someone would get on the end of."

The draw extended Everton's unbeaten sequence to six matches - a strong recovery having begun October bottom of the league.

Nevertheless, Moyes regarded the result as two points dropped in their quest to climb the table.

He said: "Winning in the Premier League is never easy - this wasn't easy but I thought it was there for us to get the result.

"But I thought we made a lot of poor decisions on the field. Maybe we should have done something differently than we did."

Source: Team_Talk