IAN Holloway has declared his side’s league position to be a “miracle”.
The Seasiders currently have 31 points and lie eighth in the Championship – the exact position they were in after the same number of games in the 2009/10 promotion season.
And after a traumatic summer, the Pool boss says he had his side down as relegation candidates.
“I think it’s a miracle where we are in the league,” he revealed, “considering how many changes we’ve had to make and the slump we suffered at the end of last season.
“I think we were relegation candidates at the start of the season. When you lose the quality of players we did, you can lose the spirit of your squad.
“I think the lads that have come in have settled in really well and our fans have really taken to them.
“At first the fans thought they weren’t good enough and wanted to know why we weren’t spending more money. Now, what these lads are doing is brilliant.
The Seasiders go into tomorrow’s game against Watford with one of the best home records in the league – only Cardiff, Portsmouth and Southampton have picked up more points on home turf.
And Holloway thinks Pool are really finding their feet after a shaky start.
He said: “The whole thing is lifting me and I am throughouly enjoying how we are playing.
“We were on the crest of a slump and we’ve got over that.
“Our supporters deserve credit as do the players – they’ve been absolutely terrific.
“We are a very unique club, and I don’t just mean our colours. There’s a spirit and a pride that’s growing.
“All the doubters can shove it – this new group is developing and growing.”
“We are keeping the ball better than our old squad but we are just lacking goals.
“I’m proud of what the team are trying to do and how we are trying to play. I can see signs of us developing in a very tough division.
“Although teams galloped away from us at the start, we are in the mix.”