Appleton eyes win at Palace

Michael Appleton insists Blackpool will approach their

Championship clash with Crystal Palace as any other game despite

the presence of former Tangerines boss Ian Holloway in the

opposition’s dug-out.

Holloway ended his successful spell with Blackpool only 35 days

ago by choosing to move to Crystal Palace.

He has since led Palace to second in the table but now comes up

against his former club, who are unbeaten since Appleton’s arrival

from Portsmouth.

“If we can get three points I’ll be absolutely delighted,”

Appleton told the club’s official website. “It doesn’t matter who

it is against.

“Everyone else is going to play the game up, probably a little

bit more than a normal game between Palace and Blackpool,

understandably.

“It’s a big, big game because we want to go there and keep an

unbeaten run going and they’re up there at the top of the league,

and deservedly so.

“Until this point they’ve been one of the two most consistent

teams in the division and that’s why they are where they are.

“They’ve got a lot of talent, especially in the wide areas, that

we need to nullify if we can.

“I think from a fans’ point of view they’ll be desperate for the

players to do well and I’m sure that will add a little bit of extra

spice to the atmosphere.

“But from a game point of view, we know what their strengths and

weaknesses are and we’ll try and nullify their strengths and open

them up on their weaknesses.”