'You cannot hold back' - Ian Holloway urges Blackpool to go 'pedal to the metal' in play-off final showdown vs Lincoln

Ian Holloway has urged Blackpool to go “pedal to the metal” in their League One play-off final against Lincoln City on Sunday afternoon to avoid having any regrets in their promotion bid.

Sunday, 30th May 2021, 1:33 pm
Ian Holloway.  (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
Ian Holloway. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

The Seasiders finished third in their regular campaign before beating Oxford United 6-3 on aggregate across two legs in the play-off semi-finals to secure a spot at Wembley this afternoon.

But Holloway, who won the Championship play-offs as Blackpool manager back in 2010, has made it clear that Neil Critchley’s men have to deliver one last monumental effort to avoid a crushing disappointment against the Imps.

Speaking to talkSPORT, he said: “It’s what your lads can produce out there – really you want them pedal to the metal. You cannot hold back.

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"I think that’s what’s so exciting about it. It really is make or break.

"What you don’t want is to waste this wonderful season that you’ve had getting in the play-offs. You realise the minute that you’ve lost and you're out, particularly if you can't get a Wembley final to tuck into your top pocket and that last chance to get there, it’s been a waste.

"You ask any one of them, the ones who lose, who don’t get to Wembley, their season is awful.

"That’s what we're witnessing, and for me it’s poetic justice to [have fans] back now. This awful virus that we’ve all been fighting together, I hope football comes out of it strong.

"I know, talking to a lot of supporters, how much they’ve missed just going. It’s not about watching it on the tele, it’s about going and travelling, and the whole experience.”