Ipswich Town striker issues words of caution: Tangerines could sour Blues’ dream

Luke Varney

Luke Varney

Play-off chasing Ipswich Town host a relegated Blackpool side tomorrow, who are aiming to avoid the indignity of being named the worst-ever Championship team.

However, with so much at stake for the Blues – eighth-placed Town are currently three points off the play-off spots – Mick McCarthy’s men can’t afford another upset, similar to the one they suffered in Bank Holiday Monday’s damaging 2-1 defeat at lowly Huddersfield.

Tomorrow’s opponents, rooted to the bottom of the table, still require another two points from their final five games of the season to better the lowest ever tally of points mustered in a season, 26 by Stockport County in 2001-02, and will want to end the season with some pride intact.

That makes the Tangerines a tricky proposition then for ex-Blackpool frontman Luke Varney, who scored five goals in the top-flight for the Bloomfield Road outfit during the 2010-11 campaign.

Varney, who opened his Town account in the setback at Huddersfield on Monday, said: “It’s important we start well and treat Blackpool no different to any other team.

“Blackpool have nothing to play for and whenever I have been in that position where I am playing in a game that doesn’t really count, I have always felt like I was going to the game for a day out and wanted to be talked about.

“I was with Leeds and we went to Watford who needed to better Hull’s result to get into the Premier League.

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“People didn’t care what we were there for and it was all about Watford getting the result.

“We hadn’t won away for 16 games and we beat them.”

Town go into tomorrow’s game determined to get back to winning ways after their below-par showing at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“We maybe thought Huddersfield might be a bit easier for us, following two tough games against Bournemouth and Watford,” Varney added.

“We might have took our foot off the gas a little and that can’t be the case against Blackpool who have nothing to play for.

“If we don’t apply ourselves properly, we will get stung again. I don’t know how Blackpool will approach the game, we will have to map it out as we go along.”

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