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Harry's praise for Blackpool

Posted on 6 May 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is expecting an open game against a Blackpool side he knows will make life tough for us when they visit the Lane on Saturday.

Harry's praise for Blackpool

Harry Redknapp is expecting an open game against a Blackpool side he knows will make life tough for us when they visit the Lane on Saturday.

The manager has paid credit to the way the Tangerines have approached their maiden Premier League campaign with a swashbuckling style.

And although Blackpool do find themselves hovering above the drop zone on goal difference only with three games remaining, Harry is quick to praise opposite number Ian Holloway for the job he has done at Bloomfield Road.

He said: “It should be an open game because they really go for it. They create loads of chances wherever they go. No-one has an easy game against them.

“To attack teams has been their philosophy from day one. They had a fantastic start to the season but the second half has been a lot more difficult - that is only to be expected.

“If Blackpool stay up, ‘Ollie’ should be manager of the year. No doubt about it in my opinion. It would be a fantastic achievement.

“He does a great job there. He’s spent no money and has got the maximum from his players. He’s a great character and has been good for the Premier League.”

But for Harry, he knows maximum points from our remaining four games is what is required to keep the dream of Champions League football for next season alive, while hoping other results go our way.

He added: “We are looking for four wins and to have a good end of season. It can all still change. It is a tough task. We’ve had too many draws recently. But these are four massive games.

“We need Everton to beat Man City (3pm kick off), then we need to beat Blackpool and win at City. It is not impossible.”