Holloway want goals, and noise tonight

Tom Ince and Matt Phillips
Tom Ince and Matt Phillips
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IAN Holloway is demanding goals from his Blackpool side at Bloomfield Road tonight.

The Seasiders face Nottingham Forest (kick-off 8pm) after back-to-back defeats in which they have failed to score.

It’s a stark contrast to Pool’s red-hot form at the start of the season, when they fired 16 goals in their opening six Championship games.

Manager Holloway said: “We need to get scoring goals again. We had nothing like enough efforts against Burnley. At the start of the season we were on fire and goals were flying in.

“I did tell everyone to calm down back then, but it’s all about us getting that confidence back. Two games in a row without scoring isn’t good enough, so guess what we are trying to do tonight.

“We’ve got to feel like we can always score a goal, I certainly do. Will we always keep a clean sheet? Probably not.”

Blackpool are in desperate need of a win after losing four of their last five, a run which has seen Holloway’s men slip from the top of the table to 12th.

But he’s convinced his side’s fortunes can quickly turn again.

He added: “It’s nothing a win wouldn’t put right, and the run we are going through is nothing a goal won’t put right.

“We need to get back on the winning trail but we are still only six points off the top of the table. We need to keep our heads while all around us are losing theirs.”

After Pool lost 2-0 Charlton in their last home game, Holloway criticised sections of the Bloomfield Road support for losing faith too easily and making it difficult for his side to express themselves.

He’s made a pre-match plea ahead of tonight’s game. “I need the supporters to stick with us. The fans have to make sure they keep singing as long as our lads are trying their best.

“At Burnley I thought they were absolutely magnificent. I clapped them before the game because I knew they’d be brilliant – they always are. But we have to make sure the home fans, who are normally fantastic, don’t vent their spleen.

“The way we want to play needs confidence, it needs our players to be buzzing.”