IAN Holloway has praised his big-name players for not throwing a temper tantrum about being left out.
The Seasiders boss says the reaction of club captain Barry Ferguson and Stephen Crainey since they were rested for the win over Championship leaders Southampton has been first-class.
He says there is no chance of any Carlos Tevez-style histrionics at Bloomfield Road because his players are made of stronger stuff.
“What makes a club is its senior pros and I am so lucky to have proper senior pros at Blackpool,” said Holloway, who sat alongside Ferguson at Bloomfield Road during yesterday’s Lancashire Senior Cup win over Rochdale.
“If you want to win things you need to have the correct people in the dressing room, and that is what I have at this club – good people who conduct themselves in the right way.
“Ferguson and Crainey were just having a rest. I am not scared to pick anybody or drop anybody because they are respectful. They aren’t Carlos Tevez. They are great people and worth their weight in gold.”
Even without the two big guns and the injured Kevin Phillips, Pool beat the Saints comfortably, which means picking a starting 11 for Friday’s visit to Watford is going to be tricky, as Holloway admits.
The manager added: “The lads who came in on Saturday did great and how hard is it going to be to pick a team for the next game?”
“But I will do what I think is best because that is what I am paid to do, and people can say what they want.
“I will sit in my glass house and people can throw stones at it. If it shatters I don’t care. I will try my best.
“I have never picked a team I thought was going to lose.
“The great thing is that I know I have a group of players who are ready and willing to apply themselves whenever they are called upon, and that will be important with two games in four days over Easter.
“We are in a good position and we have to keep trying to pick up points from every game.”