A big step backwards

Tom Ince scores for Blackpool

Tom Ince scores for Blackpool

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IAN Holloway said it’s “back to the drawing board” for his side after last night’s 2-1 defeat at Derby.

The Pool boss was unhappy with the two Steve Davies goals his side conceded in the second half after Tom Ince’s strike gave them the perfect start.

And he thinks that his players have big lessons to learn.

Holloway said: “The second goal disappointed me immensely. The ball was floated in and we allowed him a free header from eight yards out.

“That’s just not good enough. The top teams in this division wouldn’t do that.

“If we want to be among the top teams, then we simply have to defend better ... whoever I pick.

“Alex Baptiste dropped back and Danny Wilson stayed, and it played the striker onside. Whatever one defender does, they all have to.

“It’s back to the drawing board.”

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It had all started so well and Ince’s goal was the highlight of a superb first-half display by the visitors.

However, after the break the Seasiders were sluggish and deserved their defeat.

Holloway added: “In the first half, I thought we looked really composed.

“The result was disappointing to say the least as we looked really comfortable.

“Their first was from a free-kick we shouldn’t have given away, and they got a bit lucky with the deflection.

“I still felt we had enough to come back.

“What Derby did well was to keep going. We didn’t play anything like as well as we can in the second half.

“In the last two games we have needed a second goal and it hasn’t come for us.

“I think I’ll pick quite a few different players for the game against Peterborough on Saturday.

“We have had a lot of games to follow, so I’ll make a few changes.

“We aren’t the best when we have to hold onto something.

“Everything is tighter around us now in the play-offs, so we need to get back on track.”

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