Holloway: Attack like hungry lions

Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway wants his Blackpool side to attack their way into the play-offs like “hungry lions”, starting at home to Leeds tonight.

Never mind winning every game, the Seasiders manager wants to win every single half for the remainder of the Championship season.

The Pool boss is used to nail-biting seasons. His last three have seen his team’s destiny hinge on the final game – one at Leicester and two at Blackpool – and he is ready and prepared for more “last-day dramas”.

However, Holloway would prefer Pool to buck the trend and make sure of a play-off place prior to the scrap at Millwall on Saturday week.

His side go into tonight’s Bloomfield Road test two points and two places above seventh-placed Middlesbrough and the manager said: “We didn’t attack enough at Forest on Saturday (a goalless draw).

“We were more concerned with keeping the ball when it is all about putting it in the net, so let’s take the game to Leeds. I want crosses into the box and attempts on goal – it is not about keeping it all the time.

“I have told the lads all this. I use different methods to make clear what I want.

“Before training yesterday I told them that if your are a lion, it is no good jumping on an antelope and holding them by the neck, then letting them get up and run off.

“You’ve got to hold them till they don’t breathe any more and we need to do that.

“Don’t let go of your grip, keep your focus and keep going because I am hungry and I want to take that huge piece of meat home.

“If you are a boxer and you are a couple of rounds up, you can’t stop punching for the last three rounds just because you’re ahead.

“You have to be a threat right till the last second of the last round. That’s what we’ve got to be.

Tonight’s 8pm clash is a near sell-out and Holloway wants maximum volume. He added: “Our fans have to support like they never have before, even if we’re not playing well.

“I don’t know what the lads are going to give me, how bobbly the pitch is going to be or how good Leeds are going to be on the night – so it is all about trying to get to the end of the game with something to show for our efforts”