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Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway

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WHILE every manager has been talking about the importance of a good start, Ian Holloway’s thoughts are totally different.

The Pool boss began his fourth season in charge in style on Saturday with a 2-0 win at Millwall.

There’s always a huge emphasis on getting off to a good start in football, but Holloway is much more relaxed about the situation.

“I don’t even know if the start is so important,” he admitted.

“The year we got promoted we started with four draws, four points out of 12.

“You can always talk a good game, but it’s not about that, let’s just get on with it.

“Whatever happens, you have to play everyone twice.

“It’s nice to get off to a good start – this time last year we won our first two games. Then we lost at home to Derby, and people thought it was a disaster.

“We’ll know how good we are by the end of the season. It’s not how good you are right now.”

Two goals from Tom Ince on Saturday provided the perfect answer to anyone who thought the Seasiders may face a play-off hangover.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR GALLERY OF POOL’S OPENING DAY VICTORY OVER MILLWALL.

And Holloway has no worries about how he has responded to the disappointment in May.

“I’ve always been ready to bounce back, that’s always been part of my life,” he said. “I get knocked down, but I get up again, and that’s a huge part of life.

“Some knocks are harder to get over than others, but I want to be in the mix again. Who can predict who’s going to go up this season? I don’t think you can.”

With recent success comes expectation, and it’s something his players will have to get used to.

“The excitement is that after how well we’ve done, people want to beat us now, people respect us.

“Morecambe certainly did that last week, they saw us as a scalp.

“We have to come to terms with that, and use it to our advantage.”

LEEDS LOWDOWN

Did you know? In 1971, then-Leeds manager Don Revie brought a gypsy into the club’s Elland Road stadium to lift a curse he believed had been placed on the ground.

Last season’s position: 14th

Corresponding fixture: Blackpool 1 (Martinez 79) Leeds 0 (April 17, 2012; att: 14,134)

One to watch: Ross McCormack. The Scottish international recently signed a new deal at Elland Road after firing 19 goals last season.He linked up with Matt Gilks and Charlie Adam for last week’s 3-1 Scotland win against Australia, and scored. Faces pressure this year to fill the boots of Robert Snodgrass who joined Norwich for £3m this summer.

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