IAN Holloway has set his Blackpool team a twin target – to top their points total from two seasons ago and prove they are better than Charlie Adam’s promotion-winning side.
The Seasiders – compete with Adam, David Vaughan and DJ Campbell – scraped into the Championship play-offs with 70 points in 2009-10.
And Pool are ahead of schedule in meeting their manager’s goals – they have 63 points with six games remaining, having been on 57 at this point two years ago.
The class of 2010 made it into the top six by winning four and drawing one of their final six, then went up to the Premier League by beating Nottingham Forest and Cardiff in a thrilling play-off triumph.
Holloway said: “We had a very good team two years ago, which was being universally praised, but we are actually ahead of what that team did and I don’t think a lot of people are giving us credit for that.
“We are in a better position now than we were with six games to go of that season. We were outside the top six and had to rely on Swansea slipping up to get in.
“Even then it could have gone wrong on the final day, when we drew with Bristol City. Swansea would have got into the play-offs instead of us had they won.
“So to be where we are now, especially after losing so many good players in the summer, is pretty good in my book and I think it is important for everybody to remember that, not least the lads themselves.”