Holloway wants ‘spanking’ reaction

Ian Holloway
Ian Holloway

IAN Holloway has called on his players to get “a spanking result” at Coventry tomorrow to make up for the disappointment of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Portsmouth.

The boss admitted the 94th-minute winner at Fratton Park was a bitter pill to swallow.

Just when Pool – who had earlier missed two gilt-edged opportunities – looked to have a point in the bag, striker Erik Huseklepp volleyed a spectacular strike into the top corner with virtually the last kick.

Holloway was delighted with his side’s performance, just gutted at the last-ditch defeat which destroyed his side’s unbeaten away record.

“I didn’t see that one coming, I must admit,” said the manager.

“I think our play merited a totally different result. It just goes to show that you have to take your chances and unfortunately on the day we didn’t.

“We let some late goals in last season and we’ve got to get out of the habit of doing that because it is not a good thing to do.

“You have to keep your shape and your concentration. Just because the ball slipped off Ian Evatt’s forehead (as he tried to clear a long throw into the box), the goal wasn’t just about him.

“Daniel Bogdanovic wasn’t in the right place. My team didn’t set out right.

“My midfield didn’t get out and press the ball in the last 10 minutes like we should have done.

“We have to get over all of those things and believe we aren’t going to let late goals in because it really has dampened the overall performance.

“Obviously it is about results and that wasn’t a good one.”

Pool don’t like Fratton Park. They haven’t won there in almost 38 years.

It’s even worse at Coventry, where the Seasiders have failed to emerge with a victory since the 1930s.

But Holloway doesn’t care about history – he just wants to make up for the Pompey disappointment.

“This game against Coventry is now a chance to put what happened at Portsmouth behind us, and try and get a spanking result against them if we can,” the boss said.