IAN Holloway has described last night’s defeat to Swansea as a ‘huge learning curve’.
The Seasiders gifted the Premier League side three goals in their 4-2 friendly defeat at the Liberty Stadium.
It was the final official pre-season game ahead of Sunday’s Capital Cup clash against Morecambe, although Pool will face Everton and Newcastle in behind-closed doors games this week.
And Holloway says his side will learn a lot from last night’s defeat.
“We may as well have rolled the ball into the net for them at times, talk about a huge learning curve.” he said.
“It looked like we consciously tried to out pass a side who are really good at passing.
“To start the game like we did, it was always going to be difficult.
“The good thing is for me is that last night wasn’t a league match and we can learn from it.
“It’s all about getting the balance right, and learning when to play and when not to play.
“We got it right on Sunday against Everton, and last night we got it wrong, but that’s what pre-season is all about.
“But we’ll look at the DVD and I’ve got something to show them now about when to pass it and when not to.”
Despite the defeat, Holloway is confident his team will be ready come the season opener at Millwall on August 18.
He added: “There were some bright performances though, and the new boys got another chance to learn how we play.
“All that matters is the Millwall game at the moment, the score in these games doesn’t matter.
“We have to play three games in the first proper week of the season, and at the moment no one is ready to play that.”
New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup selected his full strength side for the game, although Stephen Dobbie was a notable absence.
As revealed in The Gazette this week, Pool are back in for the striker who has spent two loan spells at Bloomfield Road.
And Holloway revealed he was due to talk to Swansea about the Scotsman.
“I need to speak to the powers that be here rather than speak to the press about other people’s players really,” he said.
“He’s played for us twice before and he’s a player I admire greatly.”
n IAN Holloway explained the reasoning behind the first-half substitution of Chris Basham.
The midfielder was replaced by Tom Ince after 38 minutes, but Holloway said it was purely tactical.
He said: “Chris ended up playing on the right, and I thought Incey would do a better job there.
“He’ll play in the other games, got a good 40 minutes under his belt and I’d rather bring him off than play him out of position.
“It was simply a tactical decision.”