Blackpool’s Danns doesn’t fear a Sunday fright night

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Neil Danns insists the Blackpool players will have no fear going into their play-off games against Luton Town.

The Seasiders enter Sunday’s first leg at Bloomfield Road as underdogs after being beaten home and away by the Hatters this season.

Gary Bowyer’s men failed to score in the two games against a Luton side that finished fourth in League Two and seven points ahead of the Seasiders – but Danns sees no reason to be scared.

He said: “We’re under no illusions it’s going to be a tough game. They finished fourth for a reason.

“But we don’t fear any team in this league as you’ve seen with some of the results we’ve had this season against the likes of Plymouth, Doncaster and Carlisle, so we’ll be going into the two games believing we can win.

“I’m sure they will be doing the same because both teams are here on merit. It’s one of them where we’ve just got to go toe to toe.”

Pool were comfortably beaten 2-0 by Luton at Bloomfield Road n December, then suffered a cruel 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road last month, which came courtesy of a last- minute goal.

Had results gone their way on a topsy-turvy final day of the season, Blackpool could have faced Exeter City instead of the Hatters.

But now they face a Luton side who are odds on favourites to triumph at Wembley.

That doesn’t bother the experienced Danns, though, because he is well aware Blackpool would have faced a difficult challenge whoever they came up against.

“Our goal isn’t to get to Wembley – our goal is to get up,” the 34-year-old said. “In order to do that we know we’ve got to beat teams who deserve to be in the play-offs.

“So it doesn’t matter if we play them now or in the final because if you’re looking for an easy tie in the first leg then I think you’ve got the wrong attitude.

“There are no easy ties and for us it’s not just about getting to Wembley. There’s no point getting to Wembley and failing.

“In that respect, we didn’t really care who we played.”

Danns says Blackpool’s first leg, which kicks off at 6.30pm on Sunday, will be treated just like a normal league game.

He added: “The boys will all be preparing properly, so it’s no different to any other week for us.

“We’ll train the way we normally do and hopefully that will stand us in good stead.”

Tickets for the second leg, which takes place at Kenilworth Road on Thursday, May 18, go on sale to members tomorrow.

They are already on sale to season ticket holders and any remaining will go on general sale until Monday. Full details can be found on the club’s website.