LEICESTER boss Nigel Pearson will fight fire with fire as he prepares for Ian Holloway’s fearless side.
Back for a second spell with the Foxes after replacing the sacked Sven Goran-Eriksson, Pearson knows all about the attacking threat of the Seasiders ... and he has a plan to deal with it.
Pearson said: “It will be a tough game. Blackpool will be as they always are – very expansive.
“I don’t think they ever go into a game not trying to win it, but we have to deal with their strengths and try to exploit their weaknesses.
“Because they are so attack-minded, we have to make sure we counter-attack with some purpose.
“I have seen enough in the two games since I have returned (a 3-0 home win over Crystal Palace and a draw at Portsmouth) to know we have some serious threats to any opposition.
“We have to work hard as a team to break teams down and make the experience of playing us as difficult as possible.
“It is an important game for us because midweek games come quickly, so you can get some momentum. The flipside is you don’t want to lose ground and we certainly can’t afford that. We want to be making in-roads into the league.”
Pearson has inherited a quality squad after Eriksson spent £10m on a dozen players over the summer, including the £5m acquisition of centre-half and skipper Matt Mills.
They have the talented Kasper Schmeichel in goal, former Seasider Richie Wellens pulling the strings in midfield and goalscorer David Nugent up front.
Pool boss Holloway said: “Leicester have a lot of money. They have invested a lo but it doesn’t always get you instant results.
“I know the club well, obviously, and good luck to them this season … but not tonight.”
Pool are expected to take 500 fans to tonight’s 7.45pm kick-off.