IAN Holloway has ordered his team to buck their ideas up and bounce straight back from their “embarrassing” West Ham show.
Holloway labelled the 4-0 hammering at Upton Park “a disgrace” and said he couldn’t remember being as disappointed in a Blackpool performance since the Seasiders first half slaughter at the hands of Chelsea in the Premier League.
Three points against Doncaster at Bloomfield Road tonight would help Holloway and his players get over the disappointment - and that’s exactly what the manager wants.
“It is a long hard season. That is one game that we’ve not done well in. It isn’t a nice feeling but we need to get straight back down to earth, get the disappointment out of our system and get on with it,” he said.
“Who knows if it’s a good thing that we’ve got another game so soon. If we lose tomorrow then it’s a terrible thing, if we win then the West Ham result is forgotten.
“But we’ve got to play better.
“At the end of the day, we have 46 games to play and you have to try and do as well as you can in those to be up around the top.
“If Saturday is an indication of where we are going to be at the end of the season then we won’t be anywhere near where West Ham are.
“So we have to buck our ideas up.”
Pool actually started brightly at Upton Park and were only a goal behind and still in it at the interval.
But three goals in seven minutes at the start of the second period left Holloway’s men stunned and by the end they were fortunate West Ham didn’t win by a greater margin.
Matt Gilks, at the ground where he broke his kneecap last year, made some top class saves to at least keep the scoreline vaguely respectable.
“It has been quite a while since there has been a game where we haven’t competed to the extent we didn’t in this one,” said Holloway.
“Chelsea away last year in the first half perhaps, though we turned that around in the second half and competed much better.
“Arsenal when we were down to 10 men. We did well for 20-odd minutes but then we lost 6-0.
“I can’t really remember losing 4-0, apart from the in the Premier League, so it has been quite a while.
“Let’s hope it is quite a while again.
“But what can you say? We were beaten by the better team on the day and that’s all there is to it.
“You have to hold your hand up, say well done to West Ham and Sam Allardyce and let’s see what we can do the rest of the season.”
Holloway added: “It didn’t look like it was going to be a tough afternoon at the start because I thought initially we were looking quite good.