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Holloway targets top six

Argle manager sets sights on play-off place

By Chris Wilson.   Last Updated: 11/08/07 6:26pm

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Holloway: Play-off bid

Holloway: Play-off bid

an Holloway is aiming for a place in the Coca-Cola Championship play-offs after Plymouth's 3-2 win at Hull.

"We're hoping (for the play-offs) but it's a long, old season. Last season we had 16 draws and need to turn three of those into wins." Quotes of the week

An enjoyable season's opener was settled by Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who came on as a late substitute to win the game.

The Argyle boss has now challenged his side to push on for promotion.

Holloway said: "We're hoping (for the play-offs) but it's a long, old season.

"Last season we had 16 draws and need to turn three of those into wins.

"But anybody who sits where I am does not know how they are going to do until eight to 10 games into the season.

"We'll just plod on in our own little way and see where we are."

Dean Windass cashed in on a fortunate rebound to get Hull off to a flyer, but goals from David Norris and Rory Fallon gave Plymouth a 2-1 lead at the break.

Dean Marney appeared to have secured Phil Brown's men a point three minutes after the restart when following up Windass' penalty, which was saved by Romain Larrieu.

But Ebanks-Blake was to have his day with a powerful rising drive nine minutes from time.

Of Ebanks-Blake, Holloway added: "He's hungry now and he might have even started had it not been for a slight thigh strain.

Frailties

"He's on a roll and I'm delighted I'm not trying to buy him this year - imagine how much he would have cost?"

Counterpart Brown acknowledged his team, who finished last season one place above the relegation zone, needs bolstering.

Although former Bolton striker Henrik Pedersen is poised to sign for the club on Monday, the Hull boss admitted more quality at the back is a prerequisite.

"It was a great start (Windass' opener) but the same frailties were there for everyone to see," said Brown.

"We had a mountain to climb after going 2-1 down, and we've climbed the mountain yet again, but I was very disappointed at the way we conceded three goals.

"We've also got to start taking the opportunities we had to go in front.

"We were really up beforehand but six weeks of preparation was diffused by one result.

"There were a lot of similarities (to last season) but given time, the lads will blend together.

"The back needs to be strengthened and hopefully (injured centre-back) Wayne Brown and 'A N Other' will do that.

"We still have to strengthen - we know that - and that campaign will continue."

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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