Harry Redknapp has described tonight’s opponents Blackpool as a ‘breath of fresh air’ to the Premier League.
The Seasiders made it to the top flight through the Play-Offs against the odds last season and have continued to defy the bookmakers during their first campaign amongst the elite for 40 years.
Ian Holloway’s side amassed a more than respectable 25 points by the turn of the year, with memorable away wins at places like Anfield and St James’ Park along the way.
However, having picked up only a further four points during 2011 so far, the Tangerines find themselves just two points above the drop zone going into tonight’s fixture.
Nonetheless, Harry said: “The job Ian’s done there has been amazing, he has been great for the Premier League. The way his team have come and played, the way they go for it.
“I have seen them a couple of times and they have been fantastic when I have seen them. They really do play and have a go and look to win games. They have a great spirit there and he has done fantastic.
“They are a really attacking side and push people forward. They don’t sit back. Their centre-halves and full-backs bomb forward and they create chances. They work hard, they can play and they pass the ball.
“They have been a breath of fresh air. Everybody looked at them at the start of the year and said they would be lucky if they got 20 points, and they have passed that. They have a big chance of staying in the division and if he keeps them up, Ian should be manager of the year.
“But ‘Olly’ will know their involved in a relegation battle because no-one is out of it until you get to 38 or 40 points. Until then you keep looking over your shoulder. He's not silly enough to think that they are out of it.”
Therefore, Blackpool will no doubt be looking to use the intense Bloomfield Road atmosphere to their advantage tonight.
But Harry is confident of success if we remain focused on our game, adding: “It will be a great atmosphere, that’s what you want. You want to play in stadiums with a great atmosphere where the crowd will be right on top of you.
“That makes it for them but I’m sure we can cope with that and if we play as we can play we will be in with a good chance.”