Ollie's beach mentality

Holloway believes Sir Stan would be proud of Blackpool

Holloway: Life's a beach for Pool

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway claims he will not hesitate sending his players back out to train on the beach.

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With their regular training ground frozen, and the club without undersoil heating at Bloomfield Road, the Pool boss sent out his troops to the local beach ahead of the trip to Stoke.

Holloway is adamant in his thoughts and ideas that if the sand dunes were good enough for Sir Stanley Matthews to work out on, then the current squad should have no complaints.

Pleased

"I think he would have been pleased with the way we played," said the Blackpool boss after the 1-0 win at Stoke.

"It was very fitting for us we were on the beach on Thursday where he used to go each morning. There were one or two groans from my lads and I told them if it was good enough for Sir Stan it was good enough for them.

"We are very proud of our club and ex-players. You will not get a better player anywhere on this planet in any decade than Sir Stanley. He was a genius."

Holloway also reflected on Blackpool's remarkable progress following Saturday's victory at Stoke after a second-half goal from DJ Campbell sealed the win.

Wonderful

They have already recorded six victories - four of them on the road and Holloway added: "Football is wonderful and I was out of it for a year. I am always going to try and win a match no matter what the score is. My lads enjoy that.

"You need to give people a chance. Take Ian Evatt. I had him at QPR and we did not get on. It didn't work for us.

"But now it is a pleasure to be where I am in my career and asking the players to pass the ball. That is what they like."