Evatt aims to humble San Siro aces

Ian Evatt challenges Villa's James Collins
Ian Evatt challenges Villa's James Collins
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IAN Evatt believes Blackpool can succeed where AC Milan failed against Spurs.

Harry Redknapp’s high-flyers head to Bloomfield Road on Tuesday fresh from their Champions League victory at the home of the Italian giants.

And the ever-confident defender hopes Bloomfield Road will seem a million miles from the San Siro as Pool bid for three points he believes would be “massive” in their survival quest.

“Fingers crossed they won’t fancy it at Bloomfield Road on a cold Tuesday night,” said Evatt. “Every team we come across seems to be a special side and Tottenham proved against AC Milan that they are a fantastic team. They outplayed Milan at times.

“Hopefully we can keep the level of performance we had against Villa and get a result.

“It’s a free hit for us as the rest of the league aren’t playing that night, so it’s our game in hand.

“Three points will be massive because the league is so tight we would shoot up a few places, and we want to get a win under our belts as soon as possible.”

With only one win since the turn of the year, Pool stand just two points above the relegation zone but Evatt remains confident they will be fine. “It was really important we stopped the rot with the draw against Villa last Saturday,” he admitted.

“We always thought we’d hit a sticky patch at some point – even Chelsea have had one of those in recent weeks.

“It wasn’t as if we were losing by five or six every week. We were still playing really well and even gave Man United a good run for their money. It wasn’t the performances, it was just the results that weren’t going our way.”

“Hopefully we’ve got that out of our system now with a good draw against a good Aston Villa side full of England internationals.

“The lads still believe in ourselves and in the system we play so much. We always believed we’d end the run of defeats and we think we’ll get out of any trouble.

“I’ve said all along that this group of players is special. When the chips are down we pull a rabbit out of the hat and we’ll continue to do that.”

It was suggested that the transfer speculation surrounding skipper Charlie Adam unsettled the squad throughout January but Evatt disagrees.

“I don’t think it affected us at all,” he said. “Charlie has handled himself immaculately well throughout the whole process. He never kicked up a fuss or sulked, and he still wants to play for Blackpool.

“He’s our captain and he’ll carry on playing as well as he has. People who don’t know Charlie or our club will think that affected our game, but it never will. Charlie has been fantastic.”