BLACKPOOL GET BIRMINGHAM
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has said that it will be extremely tough for his team to get past the likes of Birmingham City, West Ham and Cardiff City in the play-offs.
Ian Holloway has already experienced joy from the play-offs after taking Blackpool to the Premier league through this way a few seasons ago.
Hence, the tangerines are clearly the favourites to win the play-offs final, but Holloway reckons that it will be tough this time around as well. Blackpool finished in the fifth position in the league and they will be taking on Birmingham city.
The first leg encounter between the two clubs will be played on May 4, and the home match is the first for Blackpool. Ian Holloway saw his side finish the regular season after earning a 2-2 draw with Millwall. Birmingham, on the other hand, managed a very convincing defeat of the champions Reading.
Hence, Holloway acknowledges that it will be Birmingham who will be heading into the first leg encounter confident of making it into the play-offs final. West Ham will be the most disappointed out of the four teams competing in the play-offs because they looked odds-on to win the title this season after a fantastic start.
However, a poor 2012 has meant that they finished the regular season in the third position and they will be taking on Cardiff City. "It's a fantastic achievement to get in the play-offs, but it's going to be tough. To have Birmingham and West Ham in there, and Cardiff who certainly consider themselves a big club, who's going to win? I don't know. There are a lot of big teams who aren't in the play-offs but we will give it our best shot, we will try to win every single half of football we can," Holloway said.