Holloway: We’ve mastered the pitch

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IAN Holloway’s Seasiders may not have beaten Hull last night but the manager believes they have finally overcome the tricky Bloomfield Road pitch.

The manager admits recent home performances have suffered because it has been difficult to play good football on a surface that has become increasingly cut-up.

But he hatched a plan for last night’s home Championship clash with Hull ... and it almost worked a treat.

The Seasiders were back to their best, playing some terrific stuff and going close on several occasions to adding to a lead provided by a sublime first-half strike by Tom Ince.

That failure to score again ultimately cost them as Matt Fryatt equalised in the final minute.

But Holloway was delighted with almost everything he saw – particularly how his players coped with the surface.

The manager said: “I think the pitch has been proving a slight problem for us but we took that out of the equation by getting it up front quicker. What I tried to do was play a way that ensured the bouncy, bobbly surface didn’t inhibit us.

“I think the lads understand what I want and we’ve now got another option in the way we can play. We went long, ran in behind and stretched their back four, and we were a threat all night.

“I know for a fact that Hull were expecting us to mess about with the ball in front of their back line, but we took them by surprise and I thought we looked terrific.

“We supported our front players and we turned their midfield around.”