Holloway’s hoodoo strikes again

Matt Gilks pulled off more fine saves in Leicester but it was a bad night for Pool.
Matt Gilks pulled off more fine saves in Leicester but it was a bad night for Pool.
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IAN Holloway admitted the Seasiders had only themselves to blame after the manager’s Leicester curse struck again in last night’s 2-0 defeat.

The Pool boss hasn’t managed to take so much as a point off his former club since being axed as Foxes manager three years ago.

His team never looked like ending the sequence during 90 disappointing minutes at the King Power Stadium, where goals from Andy King and Neil Danns brought the Tangerines’ four-match unbeaten run to a halt.

Holloway admitted that his side had played poorly and that it was a fair scoreline...at a venue he is beginning to dislike.

The manager said; “I swear it is something about this place (Leicester) and me. If I bought every ticket in a raffle I still wouldn’t win. I couldn’t win when I was their manager and I can’t win when I come back in charge of someone else.

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“But if I come here every year for the rest of my life and don’t get a result, it won’t matter as long as my team tries to play the right way – and that’s what we did.

“We tried to be brave and there were positives, but the bottom line is that we just passed it awfully and when you do that you will struggle to get a result.

“But it is definitely no shame leaving Leicester with nothing because they have spent God knows how much on the likes of Jermaine Beckford and David Nugent.

“But I would have liked to have played a little better and I would have liked their keeper to have had to do one or two more things, because my keeper had to do a bit.

“Shots on target – not enough. Final passes – not enough. There was lots of huffing and puffing and I can’t fault the lads’ effort, but on the day we weren’t really worthy of getting a result.

“However, I am very proud of how my team try to play – we always try to get a result – and of the way my club conducts itself.

“I thought our fans were great. It is a long journey but they always tried to keep supporting our boys because we are trying to do things right.”

Holloway felt several of his players looked tired, naming Ludovic Sylvestre and Lomana LuaLua – both of whom were substituted early.