Blackpool manager Ian Holloway can feel a sense of relief around the club following Tuesday night’s 3-1 win over Tottenham.
Holloway’s side were one of the pre-season favourites to be relegated back to the Championship this campaign, but the win over Spurs snapped a seven game winless run and pushed them ever closer to safety.
Blackpool take on fellow-strugglers Wolves at Molineux on Saturday, with a seven-point gap between themselves and Wolves at the foot of the table, and Holloway has nothing but sympathy for Mick McCarthy and his side’s perilous position.
“I think Wolves are the most unlucky side I have seen all season,” Holloway said.
“Certainly when we played them earlier in the season they didn’t deserve to lose. Mick is a great man; I have the absolute utmost respect for him.
“The second season syndrome is kicking in I think, it is all about finding the balance between adding quality and keeping the commitment of the first season. I’m not looking forward to this summer if we can stay up.”
Holloway was naturally brimming with pride following his side’s convincing win over Tottenham, with Brett Ormerod singled out for special praise.
“Nobody I have ever worked with deserves the goal against Spurs more than Brett,” he said.
“He is an absolute bundle of energy and enthusiasm daily, and he probably deserves to play more than I let him, there will always be a place at the club for a guy like him.”
Having been rested on Tuesday, striker Luke Varney is likely to be involved on Saturday.
“Luke can be a little bit of a worrier when things aren’t happening for him; I just think he needed a physical and mental rest,” Holloway said. “But he will be back; he has been marvellous at this level.”
Blackpool will be without captain Charlie Adam, who begins his two-game ban, and although they are back in training, Saturday will be too soon for defender Stephen Crainey and forward Billy Clarke.