KEITH Southern says it’s about time Pool started believing in themselves – and in their chances of winning another promotion.
The midfielder believes the Seasiders are as good as anyone in the Championship and disagrees with anyone who says their rise to the Premier League was a fluke.
And Southern reckons the only stumbling block to another successful campaign is their own attitude.
The 30-year-old said: “I think we probably under-sell ourselves a little bit at this club. We always seem to be a little pessimistic and we have to realise that we have got good players.
“A few people have asked us if we are surprised by how well we’ve started. Well, no – we have a good squad.
“We’ve done it before. We’ve been promoted, and there is no reason we can’t do it again with the additions to the squad the manager has made.
“We don’t want to put too much pressure on ourselves because there is a long way to go and it is a really tough league.
“But hopefully with a little bit of luck we will be up there challenging. We believe we can be.”
Southern himself has been in inspired form in the opening month of the campaign.
Some observers believe he plays with more freedom now Charlie Adam and David Vaughan have departed.
“I’m not sure if that’s the case,” Southern said. “They were both great players and I thoroughly enjoyed playing with them for two great years.
“Maybe I do have a licence to roam a little more but I have just tried to do what I’ve always done and I am happy with the start I’ve made.
“I am enjoying playing with Barry Ferguson, who is a class act. We’ve settled in well together and we are trying to be a bit more solid. It’s been an encouraging start.”
Southern and co have a chance to maintain that good start on Saturday, when they take on Ipswich at Bloomfield Road.
Paul Jewell’s side were crushed 7-1 by Peterborough in their previous away game.
By way of an apology, the Suffolk club is offering free coach travel to supporters making the trip to Blackpool. So far 1,300 have taken up the offer.