Hard work starts now – Ollie

The promoted Seasiders have proved the surprise package of the top

flight so far this season, amassing a notable 22 points from 16

games to sit 10th in the standings. Holloway’s men are also

unbeaten in their last four matches, a run they will be keen to

extend when they host title hopefuls Tottenham at Bloomfield Road

on Sunday. But while Pool’s current position defies what pundits

were predicting ahead of the campaign, Holloway is refusing to get

carried away and expects the going to get harder. “I knew how good

my team was but I didn’t know we could play so well and get some of

the results we have,” Holloway told the Blackpool Gazette. “We must

try to maintain our level and that won’t be easy. We had the

surprise factor at the start. People have seen what we can do now,

so it is going to get tougher. “What matters is where we are at the

end of the season – where we are now is irrelevant. “What I’ve

found is that if you have two bad results in this division you are

in trouble. If you get two good results, everybody thinks you’re

brilliant. The truth is, you’re not – you are somewhere in between,

so you have to keep your feet on the ground and keep going.” While

acknowledging the difficult road ahead, Holloway believes his

players have the right character to maintain their good form, but

is counting on them to keep their feet on the ground. “My lads

won’t get arrogant or I sincerely hope they won’t,” he added. “They

know we’ve done nothing yet and they are the type who keep working

hard and doing the right things. “It hurt when people said we’d be

the worst team ever in the Premier League. The worst total was

Derby with 11 points a few years ago and we’ve doubled that

already. “So that is very satisfying for the players after people

were so disrespectful to them. “We have used that as motivation and

just tried to play good football and get results.”