Make or break March for Pool

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway during the npower Championship match at Ashton Gate, Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Bristol City. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.
Blackpool manager Ian Holloway during the npower Championship match at Ashton Gate, Bristol. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday February 25, 2012. See PA story SOCCER Bristol City. Photo credit should read: PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Editorial use only. Maximum 45 images during a match. No video emulation or promotion as 'live'. No use in games, competitions, merchandise, betting or single club/player services. No use with unofficial audio, video, data, fixtures or club/league logos.

IAN Holloway admits the Seasiders face a make or break March.

Pool have seven games this month, which are likely to decide whether the club has a serious chance of promotion to the Premier League.

Tomorrow’s visit of Hull is followed by trips to Derby and Peterborough next week. Then come home games with play-off rivals Brighton and Leicester, before a real test at in-form Reading.

The month ends with what promises to be a humdinger against high-flying Southampton at Bloomfield Road.

It is a daunting run of games, and even supreme optimist Holloway conceded some supporters may be fretting.

But you won’t catch the manager worrying – he can’t wait to see how his team fare.

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Holloway said: “If you look at March and you are an optimist, then we have some great games and an opportunity to beat the teams around us. If you are a pessimist, then you’ll be saying, ‘Oh my God, we are going to struggle in March’.

“I am most definitely an optimist and I can’t wait to see how we get on. Yes, we are taking on some really good clubs, but what a chance it is for us to lay down a marker and put ourselves right in there with an opportunity of achieving something all of us so desperately want.

“The West Ham game was a massive blow (Pool lost 4-1 nine days ago), but we have learned from that and I don’t think we’ll make the same mistakes again.

“We showed a lot of character at Bristol City to yet again come from behind, and if we can get results on a regular basis next month, it will put us in a great position because we’ll have taken points off our rivals at the top end of the table.”

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