IAN Holloway hailed his players for doing the “people of Blackpool proud” as the Seasiders stopped the rot and boosted their survival hopes.
Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Newcastle was enough to lift Pool out of the Premier League relegation zone, if only because their goal difference is one better than Wigan’s, and manager Holloway was delighted with the display.
His team were ten times better than in the 3-1 home defeat by Wigan seven days earlier, and only sheer bad fortune and some debatable refereeing denied Pool their first victory in seven games.
Holloway said: “We didn’t win, which is a shame because we deserved to, but that isn’t the point.
“It was about our lads showing how much they care and how good they are – how good they’ve been for two years – and about getting away from the nervousness that for some inexplicable reason we showed against Wigan.
“During the week we spoke about certain things and on Saturday the lads were absolutely terrific.
“To go a goal behind after the way we started... they had one shot and it went in’ and I was stood in the dugout thinking, here we go again.
“But playing like they did, the lads kept the crowd with us, kept everybody believing and how we haven’t won that game I do not know.
“It is bizarre that other teams seem to get penalties willy-nilly in certain situations, yet we don’t.
“We’ve had a few this season but nowhere near enough.
“Then Charlie Adam hits the post and Gary Taylor-Fletcher puts a header over.”
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