Legend backs Blackpool to beat West Ham

Eddie Grey
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POOL have been backed to topple West Ham in the play-off final by a legend of the game.

Former Leeds winger Eddie Gray believes the Seasiders have what it takes to get the better of Sam Allardyce’s Hammers.

That goes against what most pundits and media commentators are saying but Gray, who saw Leeds demolished 5-0 by Ian Holloway’s men at Elland Road in November, is confident Blackpool can do the business.

Gray said: “I know West Ham have thrashed them twice in the league but I think it will be a different game at Wembley.

“West Ham look strong under Sam Allardyce and have some momentum again but I’m sticking with the Tangerines.

“They have got pace and a bit of power. Barry Ferguson knows the game in that vital midfield area and their wingers will always cause teams problems.

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“Blackpool play good football and will always be a threat to teams because they can score goals.

“They have the two boys on the wing, Thomas Ince and Matt Phillips, who can run quickly, while Stephen Dobbie is also a really good footballer. I think Holloway has turned his team around.”

Gray, writing in his column for the Yorkshire Evening Telegraph, added: “West Ham, though, still have a fair strikeforce in Carlton Cole and Ricardo Vaz Te. Vaz Te, in particular, has been tremendous since he went to Upton Park from Barnsley.

“It will be an interesting game, hopefully very entertaining, but I quite fancy Blackpool. They have a great play-off record and have also been promoted at Wembley before.”

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