Midfielder backs banned and fined boss

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KEITH Southern says he has great sympathy for Ian Holloway over the baffling goings-on at Coventry.

The Seasiders boss has been hit with a one-game touchline ban and a £2,000 fine for his reaction to the Sky Blues’ first goal in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw.

The manager was so incensed that he wasn’t allowed to make a substitution before the goal – when his side were defending a corner with ten min after Ian Evatt limped off – that he went on to the pitch to remonstrate with the referee.

Holloway, who has decided not to appeal for fear the FA will increase the punishment, won’t be allowed in the dugout against Bristol City tomorrow.

Southern, who snatched Pool’s last-minute equaliser on Tuesday, said: “I think it was unfair. I don’t know the ins and outs and whether the fourth official was to blame, but I thought it was strange that they were allowed to bring a sub on and we weren’t when we were the team down to ten men.

“We do seem to get punished at Blackpool for things like that. We needed an extra man on because I had thought before the game in the tunnel that Coventry looked a big set of lads.

“Gary Taylor-Fletcher had also gone off at that point, so we were two markers down. I was thinking, ‘Who is going to pick up some of their bigger lads?’

“For them to then score again and go 2-1 ahead was really disappointing. We were able to snatch something from the game, which was quite right because we dominated. It was embarrassing how we controlled it first half.

“It is just the old problem of converting chances and killing teams off.”