Holloway: Survival would be best

BY foxsports • May 13, 2011

Ian Holloway believes securing Premier League safety would eclipse the Wembley win which got Blackpool there in the first place.

The Tangerines, who sit one point from safety in 18th position, host Bolton tomorrow before travelling to champions-elect Manchester United on the last day of the season.

Though United will likely be in party mode for that fixture with the Premier League trophy set to be awarded that day, getting anything at Old Trafford would still be a big ask for Blackpool, which heightens the importance of Saturday's fixture.

But even to have a chance of survival at this stage is an achievement for a club who were widely expected to sink without trace after beating Cardiff in last year's Championship play-off final.

Holloway said: "We know that it's not in our hands and we've got to do what we can and basically that is to win.

"We've got one home game left and we've got to win it to give ourselves any sort of chance.

"For us this is as big as it gets, in my opinion bigger than Wembley, and four points out of six would be an even bigger achievement than what we did last year.

"I think we'll need four because the other teams play each other.

"A lot of people will hear me say that and think it's not worth it and give up, but we've done the impossible before and we can do it again."

He added: "Last season was easier because everyone was telling us how well we did to have even got to the play-offs.

"If we had lost the play-off we'd already had an achievement that nobody expected us to do.

"At the moment we have all set ourselves a target of survival. Everybody's said nice things about us but that's not what we want.

"We want another season at this level so if we fail, we've got nothing to show for the last year and we'll have gone straight back to where we were and that's not a nice feeling.

"We will not stop fighting no matter what. Whether it's kicking, scratching or biting we'll have a go, so don't write us off."

On the face of it the odds are stacked against Blackpool, who are without a win in nine.

But Holloway has seen enough in the last three matches, draws against Newcastle, Stoke and Tottenham, to make him believe the form which saw them take the division by storm earlier in the season is returning.

"I feel like it's going to be a good day for us," he said. "It needs to be because we can't lose this one - we must win.

"I'm confident because of how well we've been playing.

"I believe the tide's turned and I believe we can win this game.

"The last three performances, I've got my team back and I've got my club back and that's why I feel optimistic."

One positive for Holloway is a fit and healthy squad, with only Marlon Harewood, who returned from a loan period at Barnsley carrying a hamstring problem, and long-term absentee David Carney unavailable.

"Other than that there'll be a few bottom lips on the floor when I pick the team," said Holloway.

"There'll be a few sulks because they all want to play in this game and they all want to help us but I've told them they're all as important as each other.

"Whoever is disappointed shouldn't show it and help the team out because I believe that's what has got us here.

"We have a very special attitude and a very special squad that works very hard for each other and that's what makes up for all the things we haven't got.

"I'd love us to stay up on that alone but unfortunately you need a bit more than that and I want to show the world that we've got that.

"If we can go to Man Utd and get something and that keeps us up, I think that will be the best story that I've ever read or seen unfold - never mind anything that William Shakespeare's ever written."

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