Blackpool warning for Town

WES Hoolahan is getting back to his best and that will spell danger for Ipswich Town, warned Blackpool boss Simon Grayson last night.The Tangerines' winger was linked with a number of clubs, including the Blues during the January window Grayson, who revealed that the winger has gone back to basics and put in extra graft during training to rediscover the form that made him one of the Championship's brightest prospects.

Derek Davis

WES Hoolahan is getting back to his best and that will spell danger for Ipswich Town, warned Blackpool boss Simon Grayson last night.

The Tangerines' winger was linked with a number of clubs, including the Blues during the January window

Grayson, who revealed that the winger has gone back to basics and put in extra graft during training to rediscover the form that made him one of the Championship's brightest prospects.


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The results of Hoolahan's hard work were there to see against Wolves on Tuesday, when he produced probably his best performance this year.

That convinced a delighted Seasiders manager that the 25-year-old is back on track.

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Grayson said: “Wes has knuckled down in training and I think he is getting back to where he was.

"He realised he hadn't been performing at the level he was earlier in the season. All you have to do when that is the case is work hard and that is what he has done.

"He has mixed his game up. We've been trying to tell him that he is a marked man, so he will get two or three defenders around him.

"But that means there should be spare men for him to find and he did that particularly well on Tuesday."

Grayson has also tried to get Hoolahan to adapt his style after Championship clubs quickly worked him out.

He said: “If he wants to progress and become a better footballer, he is going to have to mix his game up even more.

"Maybe he has to shoot and cross a little more but you can't change a player like Wes overnight.

"You have to work on him gradually. It is about him taking things on board and helping us to get results."

Another dangerman for Blackpool is loan signing Paul Dickov who has netted three goals in three games since signing on loan from Manchester City.

His strike partner Ben Burgess is delighted to be playing alongside the 35-year-old who he regards as something of a hero.

"I'm a Man City fan so I know all about him and I've watched him throughout my career.

"He's been tremendous for us so far, he's a great experienced player who has come in and he works his socks off.

"He's 35 but he just charges round like a kid really and he's proved to be a great signing for us with three goals.

"It works well between us and Saturday against Hull was the first time we have played together and he ended up getting two goals,"

Town were held to a draw at Bloomfield Road last month and Blackpool have lost once in four since then.

Blues defender Sito Castro was dismisses in that game but has served his three match ban and is available, although Dan Harding kept his place at full-back on Tuesday on the 1-0 win at Palace.

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