Ollie wants four more wins

Blackpool's manager Ian Holloway
Blackpool's manager Ian Holloway
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IAN Holloway claims it might take more than 75 points – four more wins – for Blackpool to make the Championship play-offs.

The Seasiders boss has a huge amount of respect for others at the top end of the league table and expects Birmingham, Middlesbrough and Brighton to rack up points galore in the remaining weeks of the campaign.

It is why Holloway has made it clear to his players that they cannot afford to take their foot off the gas in any of their final six games, starting this afternoon at Watford.

Pool head to Vicarage Road with 63 points and the manager has promised to play attacking football until the end of the season in a bid to win every game.

Holloway said: “People are speculating that it may take as many as 75 points to make the play-offs. I disagree – I think it will be more.

“We are certainly aiming for more than that, Whether we get them or not, who knows?

“You have to try to win every single game – that is the key and it is what we do best at this club.

“We try to score goals, even if we are already in front. I think we are a poor team when we try to protect something

“We were 2-0 up at half-time against Southampton last Saturday but I said to the lads that I wanted another goal.

“That is our mentality and that is what I want us to be like in the last half-dozen games.”

Pool are fifth going into today’s game at in-form Watford but are only above seventh-placed Middlesbrough on goal difference.

In other words, it couldn’t be closer – but Holloway is relishing the test.

He added: “It is very exciting what this team has done and is still managing to produce, and the nice thing is that it is in our hands now to get into the play-offs.

“It can go either way in the run-in. There are a lot of decent teams below and above us.

“But the win last weekend has given us all a boost, and as long as we maintain our standards there is no reason why we can’t do it.

“The two centre-halves won every single header against Southampton. That was really important.

“Everybody now realises we can defend set-pieces and can keep clean sheets. Forget all that nonsense the week before (the goals leaked at Reading) and let’s get on with it.

“People forget we are in a very tough league and there are clubs trying to stop us.

“Was (losing) 3-1 at Reading that bad? They went and hammered West Ham at Upton Park the next game.

“All I am concentrating on is my lads and what we have to do here.

“My job is to pick a team and get a right result, and hopefully I can do that in the next six.”

Kick off at Vicarage Road today is at 3pm. Kevin Phillips is out with a groin strain. Roman Bednar remains sidelined, while Barry Ferguson and Stephen Crainey – unexpectedly dropped last week – are both hoping for a recall.