Blackpool secure play-off spot

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Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is dreaming of an instant return to the Premier League after seeing his side guarantee a play-off place by extending their recent unbeaten run to six games.

The Tangerines remain on course for a second Wembley triumph in three seasons after Stephen Dobbie scored his fifth goal in as many starts since rejoining the Seasiders in a 4-0 win over Burnley.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stephen Crainey and substitute Nouha Dicko also scored.

"I am delighted for the club, the fans and the players but whether we can beat the other teams in the play-offs is on an absolute knife-edge because it is really tight," said Holloway.

"Hopefully we can keep the energy we have.

"It is a fantastic achievement and hopefully we can really enjoy ourselves from here on in."

Burnley boss Eddie Howe said: "It was a strange game because we asked a lot of questions of Blackpool and got plenty of crosses into the box from both sides of the pitch.

"We had some great chances and looked like we could score at any moment

"Unfortunately we were left trying to work out how we were behind at half-time.

"It was a tough second-half for us and our reaction after the second goal was disappointing. That goal made it very difficult for us and we didn't defend well from there on, which isn't like us."

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