After beating Bolton 4-3, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has his sights set on a survival ‘fairytale’ with victory away to Manchester United.Charlie Adam’s 63rd-minute goal secured three vital points for Blackpool in an entertaining match at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
Despite coming out on top in the thriller, Blackpool remain in the English Premier League relegation zone with just one match of the season remaining.
And with that last game away to newly crowned champions United, it will take an almighty upset for the promoted side to retain their top flight status.
Nevertheless, Holloway – ever the optimist – is keeping the faith until the final whistle is blown next weekend.
“All that matters is the dignity, the pride we’ve showed, getting back on track,” Holloway said.
“That’s four games unbeaten, and anyone who’s seen the last four games can tell that Blackpool are back and looking like we did at the start of the season. That was really important to us.”
“Blow me down with this fairytale we’re all on, this story that has been unfolding for the last two years. We’ve got to go to Manchester United and probably get a win, and that might not even be enough.”
“I believe it will be, though, because Wolves are at home to Blackburn. I’ve had some strange things happen in my life and maybe the main man up there has written a story that would probably beat Cinderella.”
“And I believe we can do it, whoever they put out. I want to spoil their party.”
Bolton manager Owen Coyle felt his team were unfortunate to come away from the match empty handed.
“I felt we did more than enough certainly to be leaving with a point but if you’re going to defend the way we did in the first half then you’re going to pay a heavy price,” Coyle said.
“It was Blackpool’s day and all credit to them, they were clinical, but I thought they got the bounce of the ball and the little decisions.”