IAN Holloway is refusing to get carried away by the Seasiders’ rise up the Championship.
Saturday’s 3-1 away victory over promotion rivals Cardiff lifted Pool to fourth, cut the gap on second-placed Southampton to just four points and has got the fans – and the players – dreaming about a return to the Premier League.
But don’t say that to Holloway. “This result isn’t about sending out a message to anyone else – it is just getting three points,” said the boss.
“This division is so frightening. It is so close. It was a good win because Cardiff are a very strong side, but we can’t get carried away when there is so long to go in the season.
“But it was important we got a result. If we had lost that game we would have had some improving to do.
“We might have been 32 or 26 points off the top, like we were when we went up last time and Newcastle and West Brom ran away with it. This time I don’t want to be that far off them.
“I want to keep chasing those above us until the race is over, and who knows how far we can go?
“But at the moment, we know we can’t even look at the finish line because we are still running.
“We hope we are picking up speed and getting some momentum but let’s just stay calm and not get carried away.”
What Holloway is delighted with is Pool’s fighting spirit. They came back from a goal down for the fourth successive game to grab a result.
Blackpool have got 22 points from losing positions this season and Holloway added: “We don’t know when we are beaten. That is what got us up in the past and let’s hope we can keep going.
“We were one down to Coventry (last Tuesday), who were bottom of the league, but we managed to show enough skill, determination and character to come back.”