Added frustration for Seasiders boss

Ian Holloway animated on the touchline at Southampton

Ian Holloway animated on the touchline at Southampton

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Referee Geoff Eltringham has some explaining to do after the Seasiders’ draw at Southampton.

A furious Ian Holloway couldn’t fathom out why there were five minutes of stoppage time.

Southampton scored with 60 seconds of added time remaining, which made Holloway even more angry. He later confronted the officials and couldn’t hide his frustration when he spoke to the media.

The Pool boss said: “I find it quite ridiculous for us to let a goal in however many minutes after the end of the game.

“There were four substitutions and a goal – that is two and a half minutes. They scored after about three and a half.

“How the heck do you give five minutes when neither physio was called on?

“I wouldn’t mind getting that from the officials when we are 1-0 down at home. I want that from those who adjudicate at our place because to be honest they have been awful lately.

“I have to say that. The bloke who limped off when we played Reading the other week was awful.

“There we go. I am probably in trouble again but I can only tell the truth. That for me is a bitter pill to take. (The officials) have to be big and brave and strong.

“I saw some pretty cynical fouls when any one of my players pushed it past one of their players. Did they get a card? No. You have to be stronger and better than that, I think.

“It lifted the whole place when the board went up with five minutes. They didn’t deserve five minutes. Where on earth has he got that from? There is no explanation because there were no stoppages.”

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