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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway savours win over Stoke

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Holloway calls for season to end now

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has hailed his side's performance in beating Stoke 1-0 away from home as their best yet in the Premier League.

"To come to a place that is so hard to win at was a fantastic display. This is as good as we have been," he said.

DJ Campbell's scored the only goal of the game to move the Seasiders up to 10th on a total of 22 points.

"Someone had us down for only 10 after 38 games," reflected Holloway. "Bit of a laughing stock we were going to be."

Blackpool now have four away wins - a total only bettered by Premier League leaders Arsenal and Manchester United.

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Despite the fine form that has confounded critics, Holloway insists he is focused only on extending the Seasiders' stay in the top flight after their promotion from the Championship last season.

The club were last in English football's top division in 1971.

"I just want to keep going. Twenty-two points won't keep you safe. How many more do we need? Maybe more than 40 points," he added.

"We are getting quite used to hanging on and we normally buckle, so I'm delighted things broke for us.

"They could easily have got an equaliser and if they had they might have gone on and won it.

"Let's finish the season now thanks very much, ninth place will do me, but it is not going to be. We have got to play 38 games and we've only played 16."

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who spent his early playing days in the Bristol Rovers youth ranks alongside Holloway, was full of admiration for his counterpart's commitment to attacking football.

Pulis blames missed chances for defeat

"We have watched a lot of Blackpool this year and they are playing roulette football," he said.

"They are throwing the dice and hoping things will drop for them. They are very positive with it and playing with no fear."

Stoke hit the woodwork through Matthew Etherington and Ricardo Fuller before Rory Delap's injury-time effort was cleared off the line as the hosts pressed for an equaliser.

"I have never known us to have so many chances in the game since we won promotion. We have hit the woodwork and people were getting in the way of each other," stated Pulis.

"But even in the last three minutes of injury time we have had chances to score. Sometimes you have to take it on the chin and this is one of those occasions."



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