IAN Holloway has delivered a defiant message to all those tipping the Seasiders for the drop: “Write us off at your peril”.
Ahead of tomorrow’s massive game with Newcastle United at Bloomfield Road, the Pool boss has been boosted by the news that key midfielders Charlie Adam and David Vaughan are both fit and available.
And he remains steadfast in his belief that his team can stay in the Premier League – even if others think differently.
Holloway said: “People can write or say what they like, I still believe we can stay up and my players do too. Whatever anybody says about the way we play, I know it is the way forward.
“We just have to keep believing. I know our current form is awful. It is appalling. We have been letting goals in but two mistakes and a deflection against Wigan last week don’t mean disaster.
“If we can beat Newcastle, who finished 32 points ahead of us last year, we’ll be only four points behind them, so how far have we come?”
Before training yesterday, Holloway made his squad watch a video of some of their best moments since he took over.
He explained: “I wanted to be positive and it isn’t hard to be when you consider that I took over a team that was 16th in the Championship. Now we are 18th in the Premier League.
“So the doom and gloom might get all sorts of people but it doesn’t get me, and that’s the truth.
“We’re all healthy and we are all having a go. We are lucky to do what we do and we should be thankful for that.
“We’ve been out in the sun all week, running about, so what stress have we got other than carrying a lot of hopes and dreams on our backs? Sometimes that can become a bit of a burden, if you let it.
“We are trying to do something very special for our supporters because no-one gave us the slightest chance of staying in this division.
“I am sure over the last home games we’ve got we will get the win we need.
“And when we do I’ll be delighted because that will be ten wins and I can shout it from the rooftops at all those people who said we wouldn’t even get ten points.
“Write us off at your peril, that’s all I say. There are five games to go and we still have a chance to achieve that miracle of staying up.”
Having Adam and Vaughan available is a major bonus.
Adam underwent an X-ray after hurting his foot last Saturday, while Vaughan has missed the last two games with a hip problem.
“Charlie Adam is fine,” confirmed the boss. “There was no break, he’s trained since and he is fully fit.”