Ollie eyes survival for Pool
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has confidence his team will beat the drop after their draw against Newcastle.
Last Updated: 27/04/11 8:58am
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has a renewed sense of confidence his team will beat the drop after their draw against Newcastle on Saturday.
The Seasiders are out of the relegation zone but are far from safe which should ensure a nervy finish to the season for their fans.
DJ Campbell's equaliser cancelled out Peter Lovenkrands' earlier strike but they will feel aggrieved they did not win.
They had three shouts for penalties dismissed and Charlie Adam hit the post with a rasping drive.
And with four matches of the campaign left, the ebullient Holloway is brimming with confidence they will clinch survival.
Holloway said: "What is success at this level? For me it is playing well and giving yourself a chance in almost every game you play. We have to keep believing.
"The truth is there is no way we should be doing what we are doing, with our budget.
"This was one performance closer to what I want, at a time when we needed it most. That is what I am going to focus on.
"We have now got Stoke then Tottenham, Bolton and Man Utd. It doesn't get much harder than that but at this level you get that every week.
"We are David every week. We've been running out of stones lately but we've found some more now.
"Watch out, some of you big 'uns - that's all I'm saying. We need that to be our benchmark now. We cannot afford, at this level, to be anything short of that."
Midfielder Keith Southern returned to the side and produced a typically combative display and he is in no doubt that, based on that performance, Blackpool will triumph in their quest to remain in the league.
"That was the Blackpool of old, the Blackpool of last season. We are at it and in their faces," he said.
"If we play like that in the next two home games we will stay in this league, no doubt about it.
"We have disappointed ourselves in recent weeks but I think we have just turned a massive corner psychologically."