Holloway can’t believe his side’s luck

Elliot Grandin celebrates his goal
Elliot Grandin celebrates his goal

IAN Holloway couldn’t believe his side’s luck as a blistering attacking display was only good enough for a draw against Brighton.

The Seasiders dominated for long periods at Bloomfield Road but had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Ashley Barnes poked Brighton ahead against the run of play before Elliot Grandin headed his second goal in two games, but despite having 22 efforts Holloway’s men couldn’t find a winner.

And the Pool boss was left wondering just how his side failed to take all three points

Holloway said: “We played really well and we had enough chances to win the game – we just didn’t take them.

“You can’t blame the lads who missed the chances – it’s just how it’s going at the minute.

“There was a period which was probably as exciting to watch as I’ve seen in two years.

“It was exhilarating. I felt like we were going to score, then when we didn’t I thought, ‘Oh no, is it going to be another one of those days?’ That’s how it goes in football sometimes.

“I can’t thank them enough for their efforts. Everyone’s had a go, worked hard and given everything they could. I thought we looked a really good team.”

Brighton’s goal was the result of a mix-up between Kirk Broadfoot and keeper Matt Gilks.

The pair hesitated and allowed the striker to nip in and give the away side an unlikely lead.

But Holloway refused to point blame at either player. “It ain’t Broaders’ fault and it ain’t Gilo’s fault,” he said.

“If those two had played together 15 or 20 times, I’m sure Broaders would have just volleyed it away. It was just a bit of a misunderstanding.

“It just sums up what’s happening at the moment, but at least we had the character to come back from it.”