IAN Holloway has hit out at Blackpool’s new first-team coach Ashley Westwood.
The former Seasiders boss, now in charge of Crystal Palace, was unhappy about the celebrations which followed Nouha Dicko’s late equaliser at Selhurst Park.
He claims Westwood “looked in his direction” when the goal went in. Holloway said: “They were delighted at the end but I didn’t like the reaction of one of the men on their bench.
“One of the new fellas looked straight at me when they equalised.
“It’s a war out there and I carried my shield very proud.
“He didn’t stare me out – no-one can stare me out. I know Michael (Appleton) wouldn’t have done something like that. He’s got more about him than that.
“But I didn’t look round at them when we scored, did I?”
Pool manager Michael Appleton responded in a typically calm manor.
“I was probably celebrating when the goal went in. You’re talking about looking at people – what are we supposed to do? Keep our heads down?
“I think maybe Ian was being a little bit tongue-in-cheek.”
It was a strange afternoon for Blackpool players and fans alike at Selhurst Park, with Holloway coming up against his previous club for the first time.
Many were waiting to hear what sort of reception the former manager would get from Pool’s travelling supporters. But apart from a rendition of “Ollie, Ollie what’s the score” midway through the first half, he was hardly acknowledged.
Holloway admitted it was a difficult afternoon. He said: “It was not easy to play down the emotion. I was at Blackpool a long time and had great times.
“But you have to move on. I heard them singing, ‘What’s the score?’ to me when they were winning but that wasn’t happening when we were 2-1 up!
“I recognised a lot of the stuff Blackpool did and how they were doing it, and I wanted my new team to hurt them a bit more.
“I had to wait until the second half until we managed to do that. The second half was much more like us.
“In the end, it’s taken a wonderful save from one of my favourite Blackpool players, Matt Gilks (to deny Palace victory).
“But we wasted the first 45. We didn’t get at them, so they deserved a point.”