Holloway: We have to stick together

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IAN Holloway has called on his squad to stick together and claims there is no better game than a Lancashire derby to get the Seasiders back to winning ways.

As disappointed as he was at Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest, the manager was pleased the performance was a step up from the midweek display against Doncaster.

Next up is a trip to Burnley this Saturday, which Holloway says is the perfect fixture to get the Forest setback out of their systems.

Pool, who lost to Steve Cotterill’s side because of two moments of sloppy defending from set-pieces, would have climbed into the play-off zone had they won. As it is they have slipped to 11th, though only two points outside the top six.

Holloway said: “I am very frustrated because we have played a lot worse than we did on Saturday and got all three points, like in the previous game against Doncaster.

“I thought we were the better team and created some exciting things that on another day might go in.

“We look like we need those chances to go in for people’s confidence and for the team to gel. Unfortunately it didn’t happen.

“It is still a little bit bitty and not quite flowing. To get that you need to score goals. If we’d gone in front, I think the confidence would have started flowing because we have some very skilful lads.

“We have to stick together, work hard and try to come up with a winning formula on a regular basis. But bring on Burnley. Let’s get another game on.

“I don’t know what people are expecting. We tried our best and it was an improvement on the other evening – unfortunately, the result wasn’t.

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