Four Pool players axed after bar shame

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FOUR Blackpool players have apologised to Ian Holloway after a late-night venture into town and will not be considered for tomorrow’s visit to Watford.

The manager was fuming after the players stayed out until the early hours of Sunday morning.

All four were involved in the Lancashire FA Senior Cup win over Rochdale at Bloomfield Road on Monday – players aren’t supposed to be out late for 48 hours before a game.

Holloway was not prepared to name the quartet, though The Gazette understands none of them was in the starting line-up against Southampton last weekend.

They were ordered to train on their own yesterday and will be left behind when Pool travel to Watford for tomorrow’s 3pm clash.

Holloway said: “I am very proud of my lads. They have been brilliant this season and it is important they understand that. But I am only proud when they behave the right way. When they don’t, it lets myself, the team and the fans down.

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“Last weekend, some of them were playing on Monday but they were out on the Saturday till God knows what hour in the morning. That is unacceptable, so I have spoken about that to the whole squad.

“They know I am not going to put up with that.

“I’ve had it before and we’ll see it again – that is what happens (in football).

“But for me, Monday’s game was absolutely vital. Maybe they thought differently because it wasn’t a first-team match.

“But it is about a game, and how dare you disrespect the game and not prepare properly for it?

“If it was me, I’d shut all those (bars to my players) in this town. I don’t want my players going to them.”

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