IAN Holloway has warned his Blackpool players they can’t afford to let their standards slip for the rest of the season.
The manager was blown away by the 3-0 home demolition of Championship leaders Southampton, which marked a much-needed return to form and lifted Pool back into the top six.
But he doesn’t want it to be a one-off – Holloway wants Saturday’s win to start a run of victories in the remaining six games which secure a play-off berth.
The boss said: “That performance was absolutely fantastic. We have made a statement and a lot of people watching on live telly will have seen what we are capable of.
“A lot of people will now be saying, ‘Blackpool aren’t a bad side’, and as a manager that is what you want.
“But in the tightest division I’ve ever known, that has to be our level.
“We have to stick to that standard, otherwise we won’t make it because the division is genuinely that tough.”
Asked if he had set a points target, Holloway replied: “You can’t – you just have to go game to game.
“Loads of people would have had us down as not getting anything against the leaders, so that in itself shows there is no point trying to predict things.
“All we have to do is get on with the next game at Watford on Friday because nothing has really changed, apart from us beating the top of the league – and that might be the little shot in the arm we need.
“The positivity will be back. Our fans went home happy and hopefully they will be believing in their team again.
“But we cannot get carried away or think we’ve achieved anything because we haven’t yet. We are nowhere near across the line.
“So it was a fantastic day, but back to work now and on with the job in hand.”