Ollie: Team was spot on

Billy Clarke sees his penalty saved by Richard O'Donnell during Pool's shootout defeat by Sheffield Wednesday
Billy Clarke sees his penalty saved by Richard O'Donnell during Pool's shootout defeat by Sheffield Wednesday
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IAN Holloway is convinced he was right to change all 11 players for Blackpool’s Carling Cup exit at Sheffield Wednesday last night.

Pool were knocked out by the League One side on penalties but the boss believes his decision will benefit the club as the season progresses.

Spot-kick misses from Billy Clarke and Neal Eardley helped the Owls claim a place in the second round.

But Holloway was delighted with the performance of his players over a gruelling 120 minutes and said: “People can question (my team selection) all they like. I don’t really care.

“I know what I have to do. Have I got enough people pushing for a first team place? I had to play them at Sheffield, and I told them that if they want to get on the bench or in the team for a league game, they have to handle this and play for me.

“That’s what a manager has to do. You have to give lads a chance and I thought there were some really bright performances. I am quite excited by what I saw.”

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