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Seasiders given a chance to live the Tangerine dream

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has spoke of his excitement this week at his team's pending debut season in the Barclays Premier League.

With under a week until the Seasiders’ opening fixture against Wigan Athletic, Holloway spoke at the Premier Partners event at Bloomfield road on Wednesday night, to the fans he hailed as ‘phenomenal’.

Holloway spoke of promotion as merely the beginning of Blackpool's progression, urging the fans to replicate the fantastic support of last season and take pride in their team's achievement.

"The part the fans played was quite phenomenal and we're going to need them again. What a wonderful place to be at the moment," he said.

"We might lose, we might draw or we might not play very well but how difficult is that? That's not a cross to bear is it? All we want to try and do is do it in a way that we try and make everybody proud."

Speaking of his team's underdog status in the Championship last term, Olly could barely contain his pride in the players' achievements,

"We weren't expected to do it, we were expected to get relegated," he added.

"By the end of it, it didn't matter whether we were expected to do it or not, it didn't matter if we went behind or not, we just kept going and the beautiful thing about it is they grew as individuals and they grew as a group - it was something pretty special to be honest.

"In an ironic way we feel like a tramp who has won the Lottery - with our Big Issue and dog - and all of a sudden we've got a winning lottery ticket. It's just mind-blowing."

Elsewhere, Holloway's side have continued in their lack of impact upon the transfer window, again this week failing to gain signatures.

With Bolton rejecting a Seasiders bid for Chris Basham, as well as Derby County's Nigel Clough denying any move for Rob Hulse, Blackpool's hopes to strengthen their thin squad continue to dwindle.

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