IAN Holloway thanked the Blackpool fans for sticking by his team in last night’s last-gasp 2-1 victory over Doncaster ... even if he was booed for one of his substitutions.
Part of the crowd didn’t like the manager’s decision to bring off Jonjo Shelvey early in the second half and made their feelings known.
At the time, the Seasiders were trailing 1-0 and looking lacklustre.
But Holloway’s triple swap, which included bringing Tom Ince on for Shelvey, paid dividends.
Ince scored two goals, including a fantastic late winner, to steal the points.
Holloway said: “I got a bit of stick for taking Shelvey off, but that is what I get paid my money for and the bloke I replaced him with scored two.
“But that’s fair enough and I thought the fans really were terrific. The first half wasn’t great, yet when the whistle went at half-time they applauded us and stayed right behind us. We need that.
“Everyone is expecting big things here. We all want to do well again but it is really difficult for these boys because they are a new group.
“I don’t think people realise how hard this season is going to be for everybody at the club. We have to start again fresh.”
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