Heartache for Pool

Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'Charlie Adam and Ian Holloway applaud the fans. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
Manchester United v Blackpool, at Old Trafford.'Charlie Adam and Ian Holloway applaud the fans. PIC BY ROB LOCK'22-5-2011
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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway paid tribute to the performance his players gave at Old Trafford as they lost their battle to stay in the Barclays Premier League with a 4-2 defeat to champions Manchester United.

Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher had scored either side of the break to put the Seasiders in front after Park Ji-sung’s first-half strike.

At that point, Holloway’s men were clear of the drop zone, but Anderson then equalised and Ian Evatt turned Chris Smalling’s cross into his own net before Michael Owen kicked them back into the Championship.

Holloway had vowed before the match they would attack United and his players were true to those words, but ultimately fell short.

“This is a special group down here and we’re very disappointed right now,” Hollowaysaid.

“After taking the lead, we had started to believe we can do this. You saw the way we played, the chances we created, we’ve got to take those.

“But United brought on Wayne Rooney, they’re used to winning and we lost out.

“That aside, we’ve been absolutely outstanding and it’s hard to take.”