IAN Holloway admitted he was “bitterly disappointed” the Seasiders left West Brom empty-handed.
Despite being involved in yet another thriller that had the Hawthorns crowd hooked, Holloway was gutted his team lost 3-2 to a late goal.
It was even more frustrating because Pool missed some gilt-edged opportunities to score, with DJ Campbell firing wide when well-placed at the start of each half.
Holloway, a massive fan of Campbell’s, was quick to defend the striker.
“DJ has one goal in two games. He has 26 in 55 games for us. You miss chances as a striker, that’s what happens,” said the boss.
“As long as he keeps making those brilliant runs he will get in and I know he will take one in four opportunities.
“He only had two chances on the day and unfortunately they didn’t go for him.
“The other night against Liverpool he scored one of two chances he had and he will keep doing that. He has had a fantastic season.
“Unfortunately it was one of those days and the last effort on goal, from Brett Ormerod, after a scramble in the six-yard box, just about summed it up. It hit everybody and the kitchen sink.
“We deserved at least a point and I am bitterly disappointed, because if you don’t take points from games like this you can easily start getting nervous.”
Pool’s defending for all three Albion goals wasn’t up to its usual standard, and that disappointed the boss.
“When they smack a ball 30 yards, it goes over your head and one bloke is clean in, that isn’t nice,” said Holloway, describing the Baggies’ winner four minutes from time.
“We had a cross into our box for their first goal and (Peter) Odemwingie is clean in and scores. The other one goes long and he is clean in again, but such is life.
“We have all got to stick together and maybe we didn’t work hard enough. Maybe we didn’t get enough pressure on the ball. I think it was that rather than anything else. I think we got a little sloppy and lazy and didn’t capitalise on the great start we made.”
Holloway played the same 11 which beat Liverpool but denied that fatigue was a factor in the defeat.
“There is no tiredness,” he said. “They would have been tired had I played the same people against Southampton (in the FA Cup the previous weekend).
“There are a few wounds but we’ve got to lick them and get on with it.
“We’ve got two fantastic home games coming up now against Sunderland and Manchester United. It is nice to have a clear week to prepare for them.
“Hopefully we won’t get any snow or ice and we might be able to get a decent week’s work in.”
n AS well as a goal, David Vaughan picked up a fifth booking of the season at West Brom ... but he won’t be suspended.
The five-booking ban rule ended on December 31. However, players who pick up ten bookings by the end of April will be hit with a two-match suspension.