Holloway’s anger over opening goal

Barry Ferguson takes a knock to the head
Barry Ferguson takes a knock to the head
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BLACKPOOL’S players were locked in their dressing room for almost an hour as Ian Holloway tried to solve the mystery surrounding Charlton’s opening goal at Bloomfield Road.

Second-half goals from Leon Cort and Chris Solly saw Pool slip out of the Championship play-off places for the first time this season, and manager Holloway was furious at conceding yet another goal from a set-piece.

And the Blackpool boss pulled no punches after the 2-0 defeat.

Holloway said: “I’m devastated. It was just nonsense. We have to make sure we do the basics right.

“We let a stupid, stupid corner routine in. That first goal was heartbreaking.

“I asked three people to look after certain areas – two of them did it, one didn’t.

“It was a stinker for us and we have to get on with it.”

The Seasiders were off-colour throughout against the newly-promoted Addicks, who hadn’t won at Bloomfield Road since 1981.

Holloway’s men have slipped four places to eighth and now find themselves six points behind leaders Cardiff, .

The manager added: “For the large majority of the game we were the better team but we didn’t get a goal. They’ve got one which was so cheap it was a joke, but it’s been happening over recent weeks, so I’m absolutely fuming.

“I’ve given them jobs to do in the box and they just didn’t do them. It’s unlike my lads.

“One of them was told by his team-mates to change what he was supposed to do, so he didn’t do what I wanted him to do.