IAN Holloway has ruled out automatic promotion once and for all – and ordered his players to do the same.
The boss believes too much fretting about trying to catch the leaders has affected performances.
After Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at Reading left the Seasiders trailing the second-placed Royals by 13 points, the boss said: “There are 21 points to play for but I have to be honest – I think that is us out of the automatic race.
“I think our lads have been too busy thinking, ‘Could we do this, and if we beat these we might be able to catch them’. Forget that, and let’s just get on with it.
“It looked as if some of them were thinking about that, and when a goal went in it was, ‘Oh my God, we might not win this”.
“That hasn’t ever been us but it looked like it on the day. We just have to get as many points as we can.
we play better chasing instead of looking over our shoulder, always have. Still optimistic that Ollie has had a bit of a wake up call and will get them going again. We might just time our run up right if we build up momentum. 7 wins would do the trick!!