Pool get over nine-hour horror trip

Ian Holloway during Saturday's game
Ian Holloway during Saturday's game

POOL’S preparation for Saturday’s match wasn’t the best – they had a nightmare journey, inching their way towards Brighton in horrendous traffic.

The team coach departed Bloomfield Road at 1pm and didn’t reach their south-coast hotel until 9.30.

“It was the journey from hell,” said boss Ian Holloway.

“There were about six smashes, but as long as we weren’t in one of them I haven’t got a problem.

“I don’t know if it had an effect (on how poor we were in the first half). We didn’t get to Brighton till half past nine at night and trained at 8.30am next morning, so who knows?”

Fortunately Kevin Phillips wasn’t too affected by the motorway mayhem.

The 38-year-old, who scored the goals which earned an unlikely point, said: “It was a horrific trek down. It was the longest coach journey I’ve ever been on in my whole career. It was traffic jams all the way.

“But that just shows you the desire and spirit we’ve got.

“We could have come to Brighton, chucked in the towel and blamed it on the journey, but we didn’t do that.

“It showed great character and great team spirit, and to be leaving with a point made the coach journey back home a lot better.

“Not that I’d know that – I drove back to my house in Birmingham after the game.

“I felt for the lads because they were stuck on the coach for another six hours!”

Pool won’t have the same problem reaching London for Saturday’s Crystal Palace clash – they are travelling by train.