First blood to Evatt and co

Blackpool's Ian Evatt leaves the pitch with a bloodied nose

Blackpool's Ian Evatt leaves the pitch with a bloodied nose

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IAN Evatt woke today still feeling the effects of his latest bruising battle.

The Seasiders centre-back had blood pouring from his nose for hours after the first play-off scrap with Birmingham.

Evatt was left in a heap on the floor following an aerial clash with Blues frontman Marlon King.

The pair have history – Evatt was laid out by the striker’s stray elbow in the league meeting at St Andrew’s on New Year’s Eve.

It is why Evatt reacted angrily to King’s challenge on Friday and why the pair had to be separated by referee Mark Halsey.

Evatt, who broke his nose ten days ago in a training ground accident, was fuming after the contest.

But boss Ian Holloway, asked to comment on the controversial clash, claims he has no issue with King’s challenge.

Holloway said: “I have no complaints at all with Ian Evatt’s injury. It wasn’t Marlon King’s fault.

“I can’t remember the actual incident but the bottom line is that it is a man’s game.

“In all honesty, he did well to catch Evatt on the nose because Evo is massive. Evo has been far too good-looking for far too long. I’ve told him that.