IAN Holloway claims his Pool players have got the bit between their teeth and are ready to take on all-comers in the play-offs.
The Seasiders boss says he doesn’t care who he faces in the two-legged semi-final.
He claims the experience of two years ago – when Pool were huge underdogs heading into their play-off clash with third-placed Nottingham Forest – shows league position means nothing when it comes to who will go up.
“It doesn’t matter who we play. It is about whoever rises best to the challenge,” said Holloway, ahead of today’s final game of the regular season at Millwall.
“We have lost to West Ham 8-1 on aggregate this year, but that doesn’t matter now. We are in the play-offs.
“If it’s Southampton who drop into the play-off positions then are we favourites against them because we took four points off them?
“No. It doesn’t work like that. It is what you do when you are in there, and we have earned the right to be in there.
“You only have to look at last time when we played Forest at the semi-final stage.
“We won our first game 2-1 and it was a very slender lead to take to their place.
“We went behind twice, yet we still came back and won at a place where no one else could win at the time.
“So do previous results against whoever we might play matter? No they don’t.
“My lads are ready. They have really got the bit between the teeth.
“They will do their best but whether they achieve promotion, who knows? It is a lottery, it is in the lap of gods.
“No one can tell us who is going to do it, but we are in good shape and we are going to give it our best shot.”
Holloway is in fine spirits ahead of his second play-off campaign with Blackpool.
He is delighted his side have four more points than two years ago – Charlie Adam and co finished sixth with 70 points in 2010 – and believes his club are in a good place compared to others in the top six.
“We’ve all got to be very pleased with how this season has gone, and we go into these play-offs with an absolute atmosphere that says ‘party time’. I don’t think the other fans will,” added the boss.