IAN Holloway has admitted he is taking a long, hard look at everything, including himself, as he attempts to get the Seasiders’ Championship campaign back on track.
The boss takes his team to Leeds tomorrow, aiming to avoid a third successive defeat.
He remains confident in the ability of his squad but knows they aren’t playing as well as they can.
Pool will be cheered on by more than 2,000 fans on their first visit to Elland Road since 1970 and Holloway was delighted with the backing he and the players received at Burnley on Saturday, despite the 3-1 defeat, but he is worried that such support may not continue if results don’t improve.
With difficult-looking fixtures against Middlesbrough, Birmingham and Leicester to follow this month, Holloway said: “It is tough for all of us at the moment. We want to do well and get back to where we were.
“But we have to play better, defend better from set plays and take more chances. We have to stand up and be counted ... both myself and the team.
“I thought the fans were terrific on Saturday. They stuck with us, but how much longer will they if the results don’t turn?
“I am very hyper-critical about myself. We have got to look again at what we are doing and we may have to change it a little bit.
“But in this division you can get beaten every week if you don’t do the basics right, and we have to do them better than we are.”
Holloway believes the only way to change the club’s fortunes is by hard work.
He has talked at length this season about the difficulties of coping without his best three players (Adam, Campbell, Vaughan), and of being unable to spend millions to replace them.
But he said: “We are a great club and what makes us a great club is the support we get.
“With the noise our fans make, I don’t think there is a better supported club in the world – but there are bigger clubs with a lot more supporters. Leicester get 33,000, so how easy is it to spend a bit more in the transfer market when you get those crowds?
“I think we are a very proud club and I think the chairman is very proud.
“He doesn’t like to admit it because he has this personality that he uses as a shield. But he is human, like every one of us, and I can only stand back and look at what he has done and where the club has gone since he took over.
“The progress this club has made is there for everyone to see but I want more (success) and I need it to happen.”
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