Ollie desperate to get up and running

Ian Holloway during a Blackpool FC press conference
Ian Holloway during a Blackpool FC press conference
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IAN Holloway is convinced the Seasiders will canter to Premier League safety if they can just grab one win to get them off and running.

Pool have only taken maximum points twice in 2011 and are facing an almighty scrap to stay out of the bottom three and retain their top-flight status for a second season.

Holloway admits confidence has been hit but reckons that a win – preferably in Saturday’s potentially crucial showdown with bottom-of-the-pile Wigan – would solve all their problems.

The Pool boss said: “Management can be a horrible thing when it’s going against you, but there is nothing better than winning – it is a fantastic feeling.

“That’s all we need – one win. It would give us a huge confidence boost and, I believe, turn our season around.

“There is nothing a win won’t put right, but as we’ve found out you are always a long way off a win at this level because every game is so bloomin’ hard to win.

“How many times have we been in the lead against brilliant teams?

“I hope we’ll stay up so I don’t rue the day we didn’t beat Bolton. I’ll be thinking, why couldn’t we have taken those three chances when we were 2-0 up?

“But what a fantastic journey it has been and I’m enjoying it now as much as I was at the start.

“I don’t ever want it to end. It has been absolutely marvellous and I still believe in our lot. Yes, we have to pull it out of the fire, but the fact is that we are not quite in the fire yet – we’re still outside the bottom three, so it is in our hands.

“Some people outside the dressing room might be fearing the worst, but I totally believe we will pull off the greatest achievement by any club in the Premier League.”

Holloway believes six points from the final six games could well be enough to ensure survival.

With Newcastle and Stoke following Wigan to Bloomfield Road, the next three matches appear to represent the Seasiders best chance of retaining their status.

Holloway added: “If we get three points against Wigan it will be one of the biggest victories this club has had. “If we don’t, so be it. It will be another week of preparing and planning to try to beat Newcastle.

“That’s one good thing about football – if it goes wrong, there’s always another chance to put it right.”