IAN Holloway admits the Seasiders face a make or break March.
Pool have seven games this month, which are likely to decide whether the club has a serious chance of promotion to the Premier League.
Tomorrow’s visit of Hull is followed by trips to Derby and Peterborough next week. Then come home games with play-off rivals Brighton and Leicester, before a real test at in-form Reading.
The month ends with what promises to be a humdinger against high-flying Southampton at Bloomfield Road.
It is a daunting run of games, and even supreme optimist Holloway conceded some supporters may be fretting.
But you won’t catch the manager worrying – he can’t wait to see how his team fare.
Holloway said: “If you look at March and you are an optimist, then we have some great games and an opportunity to beat the teams around us. If you are a pessimist, then you’ll be saying, ‘Oh my God, we are going to struggle in March’.
“I am most definitely an optimist and I can’t wait to see how we get on. Yes, we are taking on some really good clubs, but what a chance it is for us to lay down a marker and put ourselves right in there with an opportunity of achieving something all of us so desperately want.
“The West Ham game was a massive blow (Pool lost 4-1 nine days ago), but we have learned from that and I don’t think we’ll make the same mistakes again.
“We showed a lot of character at Bristol City to yet again come from behind, and if we can get results on a regular basis next month, it will put us in a great position because we’ll have taken points off our rivals at the top end of the table.”