Holloway: We aren’t favourites

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IAN Holloway insists his Blackpool team are not favourites to get to Wembley – despite a rousing play-off victory over Birmingham.

The Seasiders chose the perfect moment to beat the Blues for the first time in Holloway’s tenure.

They won last night’s semi-final first leg 1-0, a sixth clean sheet in eight games, and put themselves in pole position going into the St Andrew’s return on Wednesday.

They are just 90 minutes away from the final and a crack at getting back to the Premier League.

But a cautious Holloway knows that his team have done nothing yet and will have to be at their absolute best to emerge victorious from the second leg.

The manager said: “Nobody is favourite and nobody is the underdog.

“I asked my lads to get me a win and that is what they did.

“They have proved one thing now – that they can beat Birmingham over 90 minutes.

“We hadn’t done that during the season and we didn’t do it last year either (in the Premier League), so that is the first time I’ve managed to do that against Birmingham and I am very pleased.

“They are a good side, a very well run outfit, and so I was very proud of us on the day that we managed to play well and get a result.”