ROMAN Bednar rose from the bench to help Pool snatch the unlikeliest of wins … not bad considering he shouldn’t even have been in the squad
While the rest of the squad had yesterday off ahead of the game, Bednar was called in to train with the fringe players.
But the striker looked so good assistant boss Steve Thompson called Holloway and advised him to consider Bednar for the Coventry game.
The frontman came on with 10 minutes to go to help Pool recover from a goal down to claim three huge points. Holloway explained: “Thommo took the lads who I couldn’t get in the 16-man squad for training, including Roman.
“He told me Roman looked a lot fitter than the lad thought he was. Thommo told me he’d looked, so we spoke to him and on the night we needed him.
“I’ve said for quite a while that we need all different types of players. I’ve also said we need a big man and I just had a feeling Roman could do a job. He certainly did that and I’m delighted to have him.”
Bednar, who arrived from West Brom over the weekend and has signed until the end of the season, was surprised to get the nod.
He said: “I only found out I was in the squad at 5.45 last night. I’d trained in the morning and was at home thinking I’d head to the game about 7pm, then I got a phonecall from the coach to tell me I was on the bench. Fortunately, he knew what he was doing!”
Bednar, who created Kevin Phillips’ equaliser and played a part in Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s stoppage time winner, added: “I have played hardly any football at all. In the last six months, I have had just three reserve games. That is why I didn’t think I’d be fit.
“But it was great to be involved and that was some debut. I really wanted the three points because I think that is so important the first time you are involved at a new club.