KENNY Jackett believes the visit of Blackpool to The Den tomorrow will be as tough a test as any his side will face in the Championship this season.
The new league campaign gets underway on Saturday afternoon with a repeat of last year's final-day fixture, which ended in a 2-2 draw.
And Jackett believes kicking-off against Ian Holloway's side, beaten by West Ham in the play-off final in May, will be the perfect acid test for his players.
"I felt Blackpool were probably the better team in the play-off final and were unfortunate not to win that game," he told the club's official site.
"This match will be an early benchmark for us to see where we are in terms of our progress as a Championship outfit.
"I'm really looking forward to this game. Blackpool are an excellent passing side and will no doubt enjoy plenty of possesion. We will have to be patient when we don't have the ball and ensure we make good use of it when we have possession ourselves."