IAN Holloway is demanding his Blackpool players continue their winning habit in tonight’s FA Cup tie at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Seasiders manager is concerned defeat at Hillsborough in the fourth-round replay could hit confidence at the very moment his team are flying in the Championship, having taken 13 points out of 15 in 2012.
It is why attackers Lomana LuaLua, Tom Ince and the in-form Matty Phillips will all start against the Owls, with Holloway imploring them to go all out for victory.
The Pool boss said: “We have a nice atmosphere around our camp at the moment but that can change if you lose a game.
“I have such a good squad. There aren’t 13 or 14 of them I like – there are 20-odd I would pick in my starting line-up without any qualms.
“Once you get things rolling and people start to believe, then anything is possible. We had a brilliant win at Cardiff on Saturday and we have moved to fourth in the table.
“But it might stop if we lose horribly to Sheffield Wednesday, and I am desperate for that not to happen because we are trying to keep momentum.
“The team we are playing against tonight are the equivalent of a Championship side. It would be great to go to Everton in the next round – a stage we’ve not reached since 1990 – but it is going to be very difficult.
“We saw in the first game what a good side Sheffield Wednesday are. Gary Megson made lots of changes but they still got themselves in front and we struggled to get back. Hillsborough is a great place. It’s a big pitch and we will enjoy it. I want to attack and make it an entertaining game.”
Holloway will select a strong side, with LuaLua expected to start in the hole behind a trio of strikers, Ince and Matt and Kevin Phillips.
Midfielder Ludovic Sylvestre is also available after missing Saturday’s 3-1 win in Cardiff. Holloway revealed the Frenchman was rested because he has had personal issues to deal with.
Holloway explained: “He was spoken to by the police last week for some traffic fines he didn’t pay and I think that played on his mind (last Tuesday against Coventry).