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Premier League

Gerard Houllier moves to end spat with Ian Holloway

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier has drawn a line under his public spat with Blackpool counterpart Ian Holloway ahead of tomorrow's Barclays Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road.

Houllier and Holloway were involved in several verbal exchanges after Villa tried to buy Blackpool skipper Charlie Adam during the January transfer window and had two bids rejected.

Holloway claimed he was unhappy Villa had made their interest in Adam public while Houllier insisted the West Midlands club did everything through the right channels.

But Houllier is now more concerned at trying to win against the Seasiders, who he predicts will avoid relegation this season.

Houllier, when asked about his row with Holloway, said: "I don't want to be drawn into any kind of comment about that.

"Blackpool are the most attacking and offensive team I've seen and the manager is doing a good job there.

"He probably assessed his best chances of staying up and thought having a go with no regrets was best, which is good.

"That's why they found themselves in a high position at one stage and I'd be surprised if they go down.

"They knew right from the start that they were always in a position to be threatened with going down so they will adapt to that."