Belfast Telegraph

Holloway warns struggling Rovers

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has warned Blackburn his players will approach Saturday's crucial Lancashire derby as if lives depend on it.

Holloway does not necessarily see the Ewood Park encounter as a 'six-pointer', even though both sides have slipped alarmingly towards the Barclays Premier League relegation zone, but he insists the Tangerines will not lack desire.

Holloway, who guided Blackpool back to the top flight after a 39-year absence, said: "What we all want to do is keep our status. We won't like relinquishing the fact we are a Premier League side. It might take years to get back there. We want to fight and scrap."

He added: "What you have to do is want it more than the opposition, and my team have done that week in, week out.

"I am not expecting anything else. Our livelihoods depend on it.

"We don't want to go back to where we were, scrapping for a living in the Championship. We want to be a Premier League outfit.

"That's how much it means to us. I wonder how Blackburn look at it.

"Let's enjoy every minute of our lives because one day it might be the last minute.

"Even if we don't get what we want, I'm not going to cry over it.

"How lucky are we to go out there and try our best? I wonder if Blackburn feel that way at the minute with what has gone on there."


From Belfast Telegraph