Ollie aiming for top six place

Barry Ferguson

Barry Ferguson

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IAN Holloway is demanding no let-up from his increasingly impressive team – he wants them to bust a gut to get in the top six and stay there.

The boss is keen to extend the unbeaten run to four games when Birmingham come to town today.

A win will almost certainly lift the Seasiders back into the play-off places, which is exactly where Holloway wants them to be.

“I am finding it very uplifting at the moment. The way we have actually evolved and passed and moved is quite exciting,” he said.

“We have an awful lot of talent, flair and ability, and I have to try and pick the right team, look at who is in form and who isn’t, and then have the right strength on the bench.

“It is about convincing the lads that this run we are trying to get on is going to be a long and very fruitful one.

“Anyone can beat us. We have already lost five times. We almost lost again at Middlesbrough, because of the quality this league has in it.

“The consistency of teams like Southampton and West Ham makes it tough.

“We have to try and stick on their shirt-tails if we can, and be somewhere in and around it.

“That’s similar to last time – except there are even better teams in the division now, and more of them.

“If you look at our next few fixtures (Birmingham, Leicester, Reading, Southampton), blimey they are difficult. It’s a case of please look away now if you are of a nervous disposition.

“But we’re confident, looking forward to them, and hopefully we can keep this good run of form going, starting today.”

Holloway insists revenge is the last thing on his mind against a Birmingham team that did the Premier League double over Pool.

The Blues won 2-0 at St Andrews last season, then departed Blackpool with a 2-1 victory later in the campaign.

Those lost six points were vital come the final shake-up, when the Seasiders were relegated by a point.

Birmingham also fell through the trapdoor, and today the teams meet at Bloomfield Road doing well in the Championship, and looking to bounce back to the top division.