Fortune will favour brave

Keith Southern battles for possession

Keith Southern battles for possession

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KEITH Southern says Pool can’t dwell on what they feel are unjust refereeing decisions – they have to make their own luck.

The Seasiders have been on the wrong end of some contentious calls of late, with strong penalty appeals turned down against Newcastle, Arsenal and Manchester United, and another during Saturday’s Stoke game.

Boss Ian Holloway, who believes the smaller clubs don’t get the benefit of the doubt when it comes to big decisions in the Premier League, said: “A lot of decisions seem not to have gone our way. We all felt there was another on Saturday when DJ Campbell got brought down.”

But Southern, who has won back his place in the starting 11 just as the season is reaching its climax, takes a more pragmatic approach.

He said: “You can’t do much about refereeing decisions. When you are down there fighting, it seems that you never get the decision you need.

“But there is no hard luck story at this football club. What we have achieved has been built on hard work.

“We’ve come so far over the last two years, and we aren’t going to roll over and give in now.

“So we’ll keep fighting and keep giving our all to try to stay up.”

Pool now need to hold their nerve in the final three matches, particularly in what is likely to be a must-win home game with Bolton on Saturday week.