Holloway hints at Cardiff changes

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IAN Holloway has hinted at changes for Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City.

The Seasiders boss was unhappy following Monday’s defeat by Huddersfield and is expected to freshen things up at the weekend.

Spanish midfielder Angel Martinez and forward Matt Phillips are both in contention to return to the side.

Holloway said: “I’m going to have to utilise my squad now. We lost on Monday, so maybe I’ll give some others a chance now. All of my unused players will be looking for a game after watching that.”

It’s been a long week for the Seasiders, who are itching to put things right after failing to perform in front of the Sky TV cameras.

And while it’s good to have time on the training ground, Holloway admits he can’t wait for Saturday to come.

He admitted: “I wish I had another game today to put things right – I have a big enough squad here to do that.

“I think we are better than we showed on Monday. We have to prove that now by bouncing back.”

Pool are fourth in the Championship but Holloway knows consistency is needed to win promotion.

He added: “I’m fully aware of how difficult this Championship is going to be, and we have to be consistent to be anywhere neare the levels we want to be. We had played very well indeed but on Monday we dropped a level, and you can’t do that against someone as good as Huddersfield.

“I’d like to give their manager (former Pool boss Simon Grayson) credit – other people have tried to do that against us and we’ve always been a match for it.”