Blackpool happy to be under promotion radar - Ian Holloway

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway is happy for Blackpool to be "under the radar" in the race for promotion to the Premier League.

They guaranteed a play-off spot by beating Burnley 4-0 on Saturday.

Holloway believes his team have not got the credit they have deserved for their performances this season, but thinks it could work in their favour.

"Maybe people don't fancy us, but who cares. It's going to be difficult for anybody to face us," the Blackpool manager told BBC Radio Lancashire.

"If they beat us, well done. If not, we might have a wonderful time again.

"It was funny because no one's mentioned us. They mentioned all the other games but they didn't mention us against Leeds in the one paper I read.

"They mentioned Middlesbrough, they mentioned Birmingham almost cementing their place, they mentioned Cardiff almost cementing their place.

"I was fuming, but my wife said 'don't worry, just sneak under the radar and keep enjoying it' and that's what it's all about."

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Holloway hopes to better 2010 feat

Holloway led Blackpool to the Premier League via the play-offs two years ago after an astonishing run of form late in the campaign.

This time around, they have not been outside the top 10 since November.

But after failing to save the club from relegation last May, as well as seeing several key players depart Bloomfield Road, Holloway believes winning promotion this season will eclipse anything that Blackpool achieved in 2010.

Holloway continued: "David Vaughan decided to leave and go back to the Premier League, Charlie Adam went to the Premier League, DJ Campbell went to the Premier League, we couldn't get Jason Puncheon and Luke Varney got a better offer from a club that couldn't pay it.

"To lose players of that quality was really disheartening.

"This group have been very different but a joy to manage. We've had the odd blip but we've managed to turn it around and I'm delighted for everybody.

"What the boys managed to do then [in 2010] was win the lottery. Can we do it again? At least we've got a ticket."

Blackpool, currently fourth in the table, travel to in-form Millwall on the final day of the season.

A victory will guarantee that they will play the second leg of their play-off semi-final at Bloomfield Road, although they could be overhauled by Birmingham and Cardiff if they fail to pick up three points at the New Den.

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