Holloway calls for final push

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits his team's confidence has been hit by their recent slump in results but remains convinced they can beat the drop.

The Seasiders, who host Arsenal on Sunday, are in a relegation battle after a run of one win in 11 games which has seen them slide down the Barclays Premier League table. Holloway was concerned by his players' body language in the 3-0 defeat at Fulham last Sunday, but he is sure they can still turn things around in the seven remaining fixtures.

"I don't think it's mental tiredness, I think it's just a lack of confidence," Holloway said. "You're in a division that is really tough, you have got Arsenal next and you think 'oh dear', but we have got to believe in what we do and stay fresh."

He added: "Nobody should be as fresh as us I believe, because it has been a fantastic journey for us to be on. Sometimes when you've started off well in a race and then people start to look like they are catching you, it can be a bit of a scary place to be in.

"We just need a little burst to try to stay away from that, but none of you can tell me what game it might or might not come in. We have beaten Tottenham at home and we have to do it away - why can't we do that? We beat Newcastle away, why can't we beat them here? I don't believe it is impossible at all."

Blackpool were in the top 10 at Christmas after a flying start to their maiden Premier League campaign and Holloway feels six more points, to boost their tally to 39, could be enough to ensure it does not end with a return to the Championship.

"We need a couple of wins and we might be able to do it, and it would be the greatest story ever," Holloway said.

"Obviously if our current form is anything to go by, it is not looking good, but if you look at the last time we played every team we have got left to play, we got 13 points out of 21 in the first part of the season. Surely we have to take some faith from that, and try to reproduce that at the business end of the season."

Holloway spent part of the international break prior to the Fulham match in Spain learning different techniques at various training grounds. Although Blackpool then kept hold of the ball well at Craven Cottage, they lacked an end product and the manager certainly does not want to see his side sacrifice their cutting edge.

"Last weekend was probably the worst we have done because we didn't create any chances," Holloway said. "We had wonderful possession, but we played it in the wrong areas, and that was probably because of me going to Spain and being enthusiastic about the way they pass it. We suddenly forgot what was important, but I've reiterated that this week."

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