Holloway keeps the faith

Blackpool boss believes side can still avoid the drop

Holloway: Believes Blackpool can still stay up despite a poor run of form

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Ian Holloway has admitted Blackpool have a mountain to climb to stay in the top flight - but he still retains belief.

The Seasiders dropped into the relegation zone for the first time this season after losing 3-1 at home to Wigan on Saturday.

Despite not winning in six Premier League outings, Holloway believes his underdogs can still beat the drop and prove their critics wrong.

Writing in his Independent column, he said: "We have a mountain to climb and we know it.

"But we've five games left, we'll pick ourselves up and regroup at the training ground.

"It's far from done and dusted - we still believe we can do this and are determined to prove wrong everyone who's writing us off."

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While Wigan leapfrogged the Seasiders out of the drop zone with the win, Holloway warned the Latics' fans they are not safe yet.

Be careful

He added: "Wigan deserved the win but their fans should be careful. At the end, they were singing 'we are staying up'.

"Well let's wait and see because you've done nothing yet if you don't mind me saying.

"You can't ever take anything for granted in this division, wins are so hard to come by."

Blackpool's Charlie Adam has a chance of winning the PFA Player of the Year award on Sunday and Holloway is proud of the Scottish ace's achievements.

But he admits he does not know what the future will hold for the player, who was linked with both Liverpool and Spurs in the last transfer window.

"I keep getting asked if he'll move on in the summer. The honest answer is I haven't a clue," he said.

Adam himself insists that he wants to play at the highest level.

He said: "I want to play in Europe, in the Champions league. I want that opportunity to go and play at the highest level and hopefully stay in the Premier League because it is the best league in the world for me.

"I want to play in it for many more years to come."

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