IAN Holloway has told his Blackpool players to stay positive, hold their nerve and realise just how well they have done this season.
The boss doesn’t want Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Reading to hit confidence, especially with a crunch home game against leaders Southampton next up.
Instead he wants his squad to remember that even with their new-found wealth after a season in the Premier League, Pool were far from the bookies’ favourites to mount a promotion challenge.
And with promotion still a real possibility with seven games to play, Holloway says those inside the dressing room shouldn’t forget what they’ve achieved.
The Pool boss said: “It is very important that people in the club and those who support the club are feeling good about what we are doing. I think that is absolutely vital.
“I have reminded the lads how well I think they have done this season to even give us half a chance considering the strength of the division.
“We were never going to win every game, but the important thing is to be in there challenging at the business end of the season and that is what we have managed to do. “Reading was always going to be a tough game and we lost it, not because we were outplayed but because we made a couple of basic defensive errors.
“But we will learn from that and anybody who writes us off may live to regret it.
“We don’t make it easy for ourselves, though – we lose games we shouldn’t, then pull a result out of the fire.”