Peter Crouch insists sentiment will go out of the window as he faces his former boss Ian Holloway at crunch time in the Premier League.
Holloway took over the reigns at QPR during Peter’s season-long spell at Loftus Road in 2000-01. Peter scored 10 goals in 42 league appearances but neither could prevent Rangers from being relegated from the Championship.
Now their paths cross again as Holloway brings his Blackpool team to the Lane for a crucial early-evening encounter on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.
Holloway guided the Seasiders into the Premier League via the Championship play-offs last May.
Few gave them a hope of survival but a they took the top flight by storm in the first half of the season, losing only six of 17 matches to sit proudly in eighth on 25 points at the turn of the year.
But they’ve struggled to recapture that form in 2011 with only two wins in their next 18 matches – one against us at Bloomfield Road – to slip down to 17th, level on points with Wigan, who sit in the relegation zone.
The lads are determined to put right that 3-1 defeat in February as we continue to fight for a place in the top four.
We go into Saturday seven points adrift of Manchester City, but City face a tough trip to in-form Everton and we then meet at Eastlands on Tuesday night.
It’s all to play for – but we have to topple the Tangerines first.
“We need to finish the season strongly,” said Crouchy.
“To lose the way we did at Chelsea last week was a bitter blow but we have to pick ourselves up and get the right result against Blackpool.
“I worked with Ian Holloway when I was at QPR and he’s a fantastic person and a great manager.
“He was great with me for the short time we worked together and I’ve a lot of respect for him.
“Blackpool have been a credit to the Premier League with the way they’ve played and I’m hopeful they can stay up, but we have to get the right result and pick up the three points, it’s all-important for us.”