Bale gives Seasiders respect

Published Dec. 16, 2010 1:16 p.m. ET

Spurs travel to Bloomfield Road this weekend to face the surprise package of the season in Ian Holloway's Seasiders. Heavy favourites for relegation before a ball was kicked, last term's play-off winners have taken the Premier League by storm in what is their first top-flight campaign since 1971. Blackpool have claimed a succession of scalps in their first 16 games and fifth-placed Tottenham would be one of the biggest. Bale, therefore, believes it is vital Spurs give their opponents maximum respect on Sunday. "It will be a difficult task but we have to be up for it as much as we were up for the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea," said winger Bale, who is set to go head to head with Wales team-mate Neal Eardley. "We'll prepare right and hopefully we'll get the right result up there. "We can't underestimate Blackpool and won't do that. "A lot of teams have this season and come off on the losing side. We know it will be tough, especially at Blackpool." Bale added on his club's official website: "We always attack and, watching a few of their games, they like to attack as well, so I'm sure it will be a great match. "If we're on our game, I'm confident we've got enough to beat them." Spurs will travel north with something of an injury crisis in midfield. Tom Huddlestone is definitely out, Rafael van der Vaart, Wilson Palacios and Niko Kranjcar may all still be doubtful, while Jermaine Jenas has revealed the game will come too soon for him. Jenas has also admitted rushing back from his recent calf injury following last week's recurrence of the problem. The 27-year-old limped out of last Tuesday's Champions League match at FC Twente just 34 minutes into his comeback, having already spent two weeks on the sidelines. He missed Sunday's 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League and will also sit out this weekend's match, determined not to make the same mistake as last week by coming back before time. "I've been running for the last three or four days," he told Sky Sports News. "The problem before was that I probably rushed it a bit too much. "The squad had been pretty stretched over a busy period so I was hoping I could help out but pushed it a bit too far." Of his prospect of being fit for the Blackpool game, he added: "I don't know. I think it might be a game too soon. Hopefully it will get called off, then I will have another week." Van der Vaart, meanwhile, has been out for almost three weeks with a hamstring problem. The Holland midfielder has made a stunning impact on the field since joining from Real Madrid and Jenas revealed he had also made the right impression off it. "It's surprising how well he has fitted into the group, it's like he's been here three, four, five years. He is a top lad as well," Jenas said. "In terms of his performances, what he has done speaks for itself. The experience he brings from playing in international football and in European football has really helped us, especially at some stages of the Champions League. "He gives us something different. We have got out and out pace on the wings with (Gareth) Bale and (Aaron) Lennon. "Rafa can play from the right sometimes and drift in or he can play off the front and link between the midfield and forwards, so he does give us something different."