Winning team gives Holloway headache

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IAN Holloway says today’s team selection is giving him the biggest headache he’s ever had.

The Seasiders face Ipswich at Bloomfield Road this afternoon on the back of a perfect start to the Championship season.

They currently have a 100% record and sit at the top of the table and, while the Pool boss is delighted with his side’s start, he claims it makes his job very tricky.

“Who am I going to pick, what am I going to do?” he said.

“I have lots of options, particularly in the midfield area. I’ve got the biggest headache I’ve ever had.

“I ask the players to trust my judgement in my team selection, so the atmosphere will never change in the dressing room.

“Sometimes I haven’t got a reason for my selections, it’s just a gut feeling, but they have to trust me.

“Hopefully I can prove to my players that my decisions are correct.

“I might have to pick a different type of player for certain games, and they understand that.

“I have all sorts of options.”

The atmosphere around the training ground this week has been outstanding, after such a convincing win against Leeds on Tuesday night.

Holloway has asked his players to keep it going. He said: “The lads have done well, and now we have to focus on Ipswich.

“We have to try and bottle the enthusiasm we all have at the moment and keep it going.

“I thought the crowd were magnificent the other night.

“The second we let a goal in they started cheering, which was unbelievable. I think the lads responded to the way the crowd were and that’s helped the new players settle in quickly.

With 44 games remaining, 
Holloway is more than aware the current form is nothing more than a good start.

He’s warned his players things could just as quickly turn around.

“This great start could turn into a debacle if we don’t get any points out of the next five games,” he added. It’s about blocks of 12 games, let’s see where we are after 12 games.

“Today is the end of a very tough week for us, three games in a week is tough.”

The Seasiders have an almost fully fit squad to chose from for today’s game. Ian Evatt and skipper Barry Ferguson both return from injury and are included in the squad.

They face an Ipswich side arriving at Bloomfield Road on good form after a draw and a win in their opening two games.

Holloway said: “Paul Jewell 
(Ipswich manager) is a great mate of mine, I really like him.

“I’ve looked at him from afar for years now, and what he did at Wigan was tremendous.

“Now he’s got a young, fresh team.

“He’s got legs in there, he’s got flair in there and he’s got Chopra flying again.

“They deserved to win their first game, from the reports I’ve got, they won the other evening and they are a big threat this season.

“What a great test for us.

“It’s always a club I like. When I was growing up they had all sorts of wonderful players, and Ipswich has been a fantastic club.”