Holloway: we need game of our lives

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The Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes his side will have to put in the best performance of their careers tonight at Nottingham Forest to reach the Championship play-off final.

The Seasiders take a narrow 2-1 lead into the second leg at the City Ground. "We've got to play the best we've ever played in our lives to beat a very good team, who I know will have settled for a 2-1 [defeat]," said Holloway.

Blackpool are hoping to reach the top flight of English football for the first time since 1971, however Forest boast the impressive record of having won 18 out of their 23 home league matches this season. "[Forest] know they are brilliant at home," Holloway said. "But we've got nothing to fear and we've got to go there and try to play."

Holloway's opposite number, Billy Davies, urged Forest fans to make it a hostile atmosphere for the visitors. "This place [the City Ground] can be a cauldron and the fans can make the atmosphere electric," he said.