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Holloway positive about Blackpool promotion chances

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is happy that Blackpool are alive and kicking again as they battle to return to the big time.

The Seasiders went up to the Premier League in 2010 but came straight back down. A 4-0 win against Burnley has bolstered their bid and they are in the mix for a return to the the top again.

"We can go into the play-offs singing and dancing now after the huge disappoinment we had when we were relegated from the Premier League last year," said Holloway.

"It's all about morale. We were floored and have done magnificently to regain it. Now we have to see if we have regained it enough to match the other teams in the play-offs. I believe we have."

It won't be easy with Southampton or West Ham, Birmingham and potentially Cardiff in the play-offs with them.

After the win against Burnley, Hollways said: "What a game. We started brilliantly, got a goal then it stopped. The turning point was the 'was that in or was it not in' incident. After that it was a lot more comfortable for us - but it was a very flattering scoreline for us to say the least."

A stunning Stephen Dobbie free-kick followed by second half goals from Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey and substitute Nouha Dicko secured thre more points.

"The teams at the top of the Championship are so good you celebrate every point you get off them. The rest you can throw a blanket over. They are much of a muchness. But you have to buy a ticket to be in the lottery and we are right in there."

Much has been said about the gap between the Premier League and the Championship narrowing.

Swansea and Norwich have won high praise for more than holding their own in the Premier League this season but Holloway warned: "It’s next season that will be the big test for Norwich and Swansea. Surviving a second season, that's what really counts."

By Steve Bott

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