IAN Holloway will allow his Blackpool players some well-deserved time off during the international break – but woe betide any who hit the nightclubs.
The manager was delighted with the Seasiders’ performance in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace, which maintains their unbeaten away record, but disappointed they didn’t take all three points after spurning several good chances.
Eight points out of 15 is a solid start but Holloway believes there is plenty of room for improvement if his team are to challenge for promotion.
As such, he wants them to stay fully focused and not to spend too much time on the town.
Aware that his squad face a free weekend, Holloway was perhaps also conscious of the broken jaw sustained by Preston player Danny Devine on a night out when he said: “Hopefully my lads will use their free time wisely, and won’t go to clubs and do stupid things. I don’t think that is right.
“I think footballers have a responsibility to behave themselves when they go out to enjoy themselves.
“People will go off them eventually if they aren’t careful.
“They’ll think, ‘You’ve got money and I haven’t’, and some nasty things might happen.
“So I want my boys to be as good as they can be and I’ll be clamping down on anybody who isn’t.
“If they go out on a regular basis, I won’t like it because they are footballers, not a dance company or a drink company.
“I’m not going to let them have a jolly-up. They can have a rest but not a jolly-up. They are footballers.”
At Selhurst Park, Pool took a first-half lead through Alex Baptiste and looked on course for victory only to be pegged back by a late goal from Palace’s Glenn Murray.
However, Holloway was more than pleased with the display, especially up front.
“There was much more movement in the final third and that’s what it is all about,” added the boss. “I was absolutely delighted with it.
“It is all I’ve spoken about all week. I’ve shown them videos and worked with them all week.
“I told them what I wanted and I thought we looked a threat.
“We whipped balls into the box and we created lots more on the day, which is much more like us because we are an attack-minded team.”
Asked if he felt his side should have won, the boss added: “I don’t know – Palace had won three out of four. We dominated possession but we didn’t take our chances.”