Ollie keen to see winning spirit

The Seasiders have plunged into danger after winning just one of

their last 13 Premier League games. A year ago Holloway’s men

staged a remarkable late push to sneak into the Championship

play-offs and then go on to win promotion at Wembley. They

maintained that momentum to make a flying start to top-flight life

but form has deserted them since January and last week’s loss to

Wigan left them in the bottom three for the first time. Holloway

said: “It is just a run. Lots of teams have gone on these type of

runs and in this league it is really difficult to get out of it.

“We have got to look back at the times we have played and scored

and won games people would never have believed we could do. That is

still there. “Every good run starts and stops and every bad run

starts and stops. “I can’t control whether someone is a bit nervous

or the occasion gets to them, but I have got to believe now that

our lads, with the run-in we had last year with 10 games to go, why

can’t we do that with five games to go? “We don’t need a mountain

of points. There are probably five teams still in it and we are one

of those five. “We have got to try to clamber out up to the two

that are going to be lucky.” Holloway hopes the shock of slipping

into the relegation zone can work to his team’s advantage. He

added: “Now we are down there we have got to get out. “I think we

are in a better place because we are used to looking up more than

looking down. I think it will suit us. “It was always going to be

this way, I have said it all along. We have got five games left and

the chance to achieve a miracle, which is staying up.” Despite

their current plight, Holloway is still proud of the achievements

of his side this season. He can still reflect on considerable

progress having taken over a team who in the summer of 2009 were

rated among the favourites for relegation from the Championship. A

measure of their success, he believes, can be seen in their

proximity to Saturday’s Bloomfield Road opponents Newcastle, who

were promoted as champions last year. Holloway said: “They have

done well, without a shadow of a doubt, but not as well as last

year. “They beat us by 32 points and I think they are only seven

above us at the moment. So, how far have we come? If we can beat

them here we will only be four points behind them. “I galvanised

this group last year to believe enough to get out of a situation.

“It looked like it was going wobbly but we crashed on through and

did one of the most amazing things, to get promoted. “We then had a

really good start and promised all sorts of things to everybody who

wears a Tangerine shirt. Now they can see it evaporating if you

look at current form. “But I would like to stop everyone worrying

and ask them to get behind us. It has been an amazing achievement

anyway.” Blackpool will be boosted by the presence of captain

Charlie Adam after the Scot was cleared of a broken foot. Fellow

midfielder David Vaughan is also hoping to be in contention after

missing the last two games with a hip injury. Holloway added: “I

would have loved to have started awful and then had a really good

finish – but you can’t choose that at this level. “Unfortunately in

the last few weeks whatever formula we have tried hasn’t really

worked and confidence can get affected. “But am I still confident

in my team? Yes. Do I still see us staying up? Yes.”