IAN Holloway admits Pool’s chances of beating Chelsea have taken a major hit after losing two of their most important players.
DJ Campbell starts his three-game ban with the champions’ visit Bloomfield Road next Monday, when Charlie Adam completes a two-match suspension.
“We wouldn’t have got promoted last season without Charlie and DJ, so no doubt we are going to miss them,” said Holloway.
“We’ll just have to try to cope but we will have to play a lot better than we did at Wolves because it was stinking.
“We won at Sunderland when Charlie was suspended but at Wolves I think we lacked his inspirational leadership and quality passing.
“However, we can’t afford to feel sorry for ourselves. I certainly can’t afford to get to down because if I don’t stay strong and full of belief we won’t get out of trouble.
“I am bruised and hurt but I have already bounced back.”
Adam will be available for the vital Lancashire derby at Blackburn on March 19 and full-back Neal Eardley agrees he can’t return quickly enough .
“We needed someone like Charlie at Wolves,” said Eardley. “To have him and DJ missing for the Chelsea game is a blow because they are real big players for us.
“DJ is our goal-getter and has scored a lot this season, but the other lads realise they must step up to the mark.”