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Admiring Ollie’s Methods

23 October 2012

Sean O’Driscoll believes Blackpool’s unpredictability makes them dangerous opposition.

That’s the message he will deliver to his Nottingham Forest players before they go head-to-head with Ian Holloway’s men at Bloomfield Road (kick-off 8pm).

The Reds, boosted by Saturday’s home win over table-topping Cardiff, will be in a confident frame of mind as they head for Lancashire.

They will be gunning for a third successive victory, while Blackpool are looking for a return to form after four defeats in five games.

But boss O’Driscoll is a big admirer of what Holloway has achieved since taking over at Blackpool in 2009 and knows his players are in for a testing night.

He told Forest Player: “Ian went in at Blackpool and threw caution to the wind and the players responded to it.

“They are players that two or three years ago were Championship or League One players but now have on their CV’s that they have played in the Premier League.

“You have to give them great credit.

“Things happen in football in football that you don’t necessarily expect, which is why everyone has a dream for their club to do well and be successful because it is possible.

“But it’s all about fine margins. When I was Doncaster manager we drew 1-1 with Swansea on the final day of the season which enabled Blackpool to get into the play-offs at Swansea’s expense.

“Blackpool in the play-offs are dangerous animals, as Forest discovered.

“They are unpredictable, they don’t do the norm … they re-write the rules a little bit.

“It’s difficult to be organised against them because they are a little bit unpredictable. It will be a difficult game.”

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