Holloway wants old Varney back
Ian Holloway has challenged Luke Varney to reproduce the form he showed against Blackburn.
Last Updated: 25/03/11 4:32pm
Ian Holloway has challenged Luke Varney to reproduce the form he showed against Blackburn for the rest of the season.
Varney has not scored since November and recently found himself on the bench as Holloway sought to reinvigorate the player and the team.
Against Blackburn, he had two strikes ruled out for offside, but it was the quality of his display that so impressed his manager.
Varney is currently on a season-long loan from Derby and a strong end to the campaign could well convince the Tangerines to make the deal permanent.
"That was the old Luke Varney and I am sure he will make a massive contribution between now and the end of the season," he told the Blackpool Gazette.
"He has definitely benefited from a rest and that's what I gave him.
"I just felt he wasn't quite doing what he did in the first half of the season, when everything he touched was turning to gold.
"But no player, and especially not a striker, is going to stay in top form throughout an entire season.
"Luke was having a spell where things just weren't quite dropping for him and so I took him out of the front line for a couple of games.
"I had a chat with him and at Blackburn he reacted in exactly the way I thought he would. He was excellent.
"We just have to get him enjoying his football, and chasing and harrying. When he does that he is quite frightening.
"Unfortunately, he didn't get that goal. He only needs one to give him the confidence to fire on all cylinders. He's a great lad and I love him to bits."