BLACKPOOL’S form is good enough for automatic promotion, according to Ian Holloway.
The Seasiders boss was at his inspirational best during his chat with The Gazette ahead of tonight’s game against Middlesbrough (8pm).
With 10 points out of a possible 15, Pool are bang on Holloway’s target of two points per game.
And having analysed the Championship table in previous seasons, he thinks that would be good enough for a top-two finish.
Holloway said: “All I can say is that after five games we have 10 points, which is automatic promotion form.
“Two points per game is promotion form, one and half gives you a place in the play-offs, so whatever we’ve done in the first five games we have to keep going.”
Holloway is as enthusiastic as he’s ever been after what he says is a brilliant start.
He had his players in on Sunday, yesterday and this morning to prepare for the visit of Tony Mowbray’s side.
He says it’s all part of a much more professional set-up he’s installed.
“Getting the players in on the morning of a game is something we’ve started to do this season.
“We are trying to make sure
every bit of our preparation is professional. We’ve done well at home so far, so lets hope we can get another good result.
“My players saw some real passion from me in training on Monday, so let’s see how they respond.”
Having won their first three league games of the season, Pool have taken just one point from the last two and face a side just a point behind them tonight.
But Holloway is bursting with pride. He said: “This season we’ve had some brilliant defending and some great attacking.
“Despite a brilliant number of goals for and only three against, we don’t have maximum points.
“Would I have taken 10 points out of 15 at the start? Probably, but I’d definitely have taken every performance.
“It’s so important that we keep learning from what’s happened and that we keep improving.
“If we can get three points against Middlesbrough we are in a very strong position.
“If we get another point we are still up there around the top of the table.
“If we create the same number of chances and have as much possession as we did at Barnsley, then I’m sure we’ll win the game.”