One late lapse so costly for Pool

Pool captain Barry Ferguson tries to make space on the edge of the box

Pool captain Barry Ferguson tries to make space on the edge of the box

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IAN Holloway claimed Pool had only themselves to blame for not securing the points against Birmingham.

The Seasiders boss claimed his players showed naivety to concede Nikola Zigic’s 87th-minute equaliser.

It was just about the only complaint Holloway had – he thought his team were superb and played some of the best football he has witnessed all season.

But for the ever-demanding boss, to lose two points to a goal scored from a Seasiders goal-kick was an annoyance.

Holloway said: “I am absolutely devastated because we should have won. In very tough conditions and against a very good team, I thought we played very well.

“Unfortunately from our goal-kick, the structure, the organisation and what the team should do were totally wrong.

“They were all devastated in the dressing room.”

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But you have to get at least nine behind the ball when you are taking a goal kick – your goalie, back four and midfield four.

“We should have let Jonjo (Shelvey) go up for the header and we didn’t even do that.

“We had three people up, Jonjo lost the header and Barry Ferguson was sat off, so we didn’t have any structure there. That is a naivety that we have to get rid of.

“We have an experienced group but they aren’t experienced together, and they need to be bossing the game on the pitch themselves.

“The last team I had here knew what I wanted, and they almost controlled it themselves to a point. We’ve got to get to that stage again with this lot.

“But having said that, I really can’t ask for anything more from the lads. I thought we were terrific.

“I am very proud and enthused about what they are doing, and I thoroughly enjoyed another match with my team playing so well.

“I can’t be disappointed with that effort or the skill level – some of the football was as good as we’ve managed to produce before, if not better.

“On another day we would have won that game, and that’s why it was hard to feel anything other than utter devastation afterwards, despite how well we played.”