Promotion DVD inspires Holloway

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IAN Holloway has the perfect DVD to inspire his players to success ... and some of them actually star in it.

The Seasiders boss revealed he regularly sits down and watches the DVD of the 2009/2010 season.

That year the Seasiders secured promotion to the Premier League via a 3-2 win over Cardiff in the play-off final at Wembley. And Holloway isn’t ashamed to admit he regularly makes a trip down memory lane.

The Pool boss said: “I keep watchinging the video to check the progress of my current squad, and isn’t it brilliant that I can compare my squad with such a brilliant bunch of lads?”

“I’ve looked at the year we went up to compare those performances to now. “I’ve looked at what we did well that season, what we could have done better and how I can make sure we are doing the right things.

“I watch to remind me what the game against Nottingham Forest in the play-offs was really like.

“How did my players stay calm in certain situations and what did we do? I might need to show it to the lads every now and again.”

One game in particular has influenced Holloway and his choice to assemble such a big squad this season.

Blackpool have almost 50 professional players on their books and the Pool boss is convinced he’ll need a big squad.

He added: “What I did notice when watching the DVD is the game at Scunthorpe, when my bench was as strong as I’ve ever seen it,.

“We had DJ Campbell, Hameur Bouazza and David Vaughan coming on as subs. It was incredible. “There’s no doubt to me the strength of our bench that day won us the game. The players made a huge impact.

“For the home game against Sheffield United that season I left out Charlie Adam and David Vaughan.

“I threw them on at half-time and they made such a big difference. Charlie scored one and Vaughany set up two. You have to be able to do this – Manchester United had Robin van Persie on the bench last weekend.

“That’s why a big, strong squad is so important – you need it.”

Blackpool are second in the Championship table, having won four of their opening six games. And Holloway is delighted with the way things are going.

He stressed: “I’m very, very pleased with what I’ve got here. I’ve added some absolute quality and I’ve managed to keep quality, and that’s brilliant.

“The best thing about that promotion season was our fans. Their enthusiasm was unbelievable and we’ve managed to keep that so far. The ground is still buzzing.

“The pitch is four times as good as it was, the stadium is 20 times as good and even the training ground is buzzing.”