The ‘old’ Varney’s new lease of life

Blackpool's Luke Varney
Blackpool's Luke Varney
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LUKE Varney has been told to play like he did at Blackburn for the rest of the season.

Seasiders boss Ian Holloway says that’s the kind of performance he wants from the on-loan frontman, who bounced back with a fine display after being dropped.

Part of Varney’s recent problem is that the goals have dried up – he hasn’t scored since the draw at Bolton in November. But he was only denied a brace last weekend by an eagle-eyed assistant referee, who ruled out two goals for offside.

And Holloway reckons that if Varney continues to perform like he did at Ewood Park, the goals will soon start to flow again.

The manager said: “That was the old Luke Varney and I am sure he will make a massive contribution between now and the end of the season.

“He has definitely benefited from a rest and that’s what I gave him.

“I just felt he wasn’t quite doing what he did in the first half of the season, when everything he touched was turning to gold. “But no player, and especially not a striker, is going to stay in top form throughout an entire season.

“Luke was having a spell where things just weren’t quite dropping for him and so I took him out of the frontline for a couple of games.

“I had a chat with him and at Blackburn he reacted in exactly the way I thought he would. He was excellent.

“We just have to get him enjoying his football, and chasing and harrying. When he does that he is quite frightening.

“Unfortunately, he didn’t get that goal. He only needs one to give him the confidence to fire on all cylinders. He’s a great lad and I love him to bits.”