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Ollie expects free-flowing final

It's all about coping with pressure, says Seasiders boss

Last Updated: 19/05/10 3:14pm

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Ollie expects free-flowing final

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is anticipating a high-scoring contest when his side face Cardiff in the Championship play-off final on Saturday.

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"Cardiff are a great attacking side and we've turned into not a bad attacking side, so let's see what we can do."
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Cup finals can often be tight affairs but with both The Tangerines and The Bluebirds having found the net with such regularity this season, Holloway believes an abundance of goals is inevitable when they lock horns at Wembley.

And the 47-year-old says he could not care less how many times his side concede at the weekend as long as they come out victorious and secure themselves a Premier League berth.

"I think this is hopefully going to be a free-flowing game where if we can score five and they only score four, I'll be more than happy!" Holloway told Sky Sports News Plus.

"I think Dave (Jones) will look at it exactly the same. His team are a great attacking side and we've turned into not a bad attacking side, so let's see what we can do. Whoever wins on Saturday knows what's at stake."


It's not only a place in the top flight that is up for grabs - the winning team will also receive an estimated £50million, and Holloway insists the side that handles the pressure will be the one celebrating when the final whistle is blown.

"Whichever team can cope with that the best will deserve to go up," he said. "So what we've got to try and do is make sure we keep harping on that it's the game - the game, the game, the game, the game.

"We're in the best run of form we've had all season - the best run of form this lot has ever had - so that's a confidence factor, but we have to produce it again. We know if we don't that Cardiff are a fantastic side."


And even though Blackpool were rank outsiders to be in this position at the start of the season, Holloway says that now they have reached Wembley, anything other than victory will be a letdown.

"This is what football's all about for me. We're in a cup competition. We had a 25 per cent chance of winning it at the start (of the play-offs) and now we've got a 50 per cent chance of winning it," added the ex-QPR and Plymouth Argyle boss.

"If we don't do it, we've failed - it's as simple as that."

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