A CONFIDENT Ian Holloway insists he couldn’t care less that Blackpool must go to St Andrews in the second leg of their play-off semi-final.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Millwall meant the Seasiders slipped a place to fifth in the final Championship table.
They now face fourth-placed Birmingham over two games, with the prize a trip to Wembley to play West Ham or Cardiff for a place in the Premier League.
They take on Chris Hughton’s men at Bloomfield Road on Friday before heading to the Midlands for the second leg on Wednesday week.
Most fans would have preferred the home game second but Holloway said: “Playing away in the second leg doesn’t make any difference. If we were at Bloomfield Road in the second game, I don’t believe it would give us any more of an advantage.
“Last time (when Pool won the play-offs two years ago) we went to Nottingham Forest in the second game and won. Ask Forest and I don’t think they’d care whether they were away in the second game this time – they’d just be happy to be in them.
“The table will tell you we weren’t good enough to finish fourth. Over the course of the season we’ve probably let too many goals in, though to be fair we’ve scored enough. But I’m pretty delighted with fifth.
“I’d have liked to have got to 77 points and finished above Birmingham but unfortunately we didn’t. If people aren’t happy with fifth, I suggest they look at other clubs’ budgets and see how they have done.”