Holloway: We won’t be daunted by Pompey stars

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

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Ian Holloway insists Blackpool will not be daunted by the supposed star names waiting for his men at Fratton Park.

The outspoken Blackpool boss admits he was surprised at the players in Steve Cotterill’s squad but believes it is down to how his own side perform as to whether they can inflict a second home Championship defeat of the campaign on Pompey.

Holloway said: ‘I can’t believe the squad they’ve got there and the names they’ve got. But they are names on a sheet.

‘Portsmouth have won one, drawn one and lost one at home and they’ve played some good Championship teams.

‘They are a good team themselves and I think we are in for a tough afternoon.

‘But it isn’t about which Portsmouth we see, it is what Blackpool will turn up and how will Portsmouth deal with that.

‘If they can beat us it might get their season off and running and that’s what they’ll be aiming for.’

With one of Holloway’s former players, Luke Varney, out through suspension, the Blackpool boss also revealed that his club could not compete with the financial package that Pompey offered to sign the forward.

Holloway said: ‘They paid more money than we could have or would have. He made his mind up to go there.

‘Last season was a little period in his life and mine and it worked out quite well for the both of us.

‘Unfortunately for me he now plays for Portsmouth but he isn’t a concern tomorrow because of his suspension.’

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