IAN Holloway felt like he’d been “mugged” as he blamed one lapse at the back for the Seasiders’ first defeat of the Championship season.
Derby won 1-0 at Bloomfield Road – the first time Pool have been beaten at home while failing to score since Holloway became boss.
It maintained the Rams’ 100 per cent winning start, destroying the Seasiders’ perfect record in the process.
That said, Holloway’s men are eighth in the table and can be well satisfied with their start to the new campaign.
The boss felt there was nothing between the sides and singled out one moment as the reason for defeat – when Craig Bryson’s reactions were quickest to knock in a loose ball after Matt Gilks had parried a free-kick on 69 minutes.
Asked how he felt about Derby’s goal, the boss replied: “It was absolute pants. It is all right saying we are unlucky sometimes because we are so open and push forward, but everybody was back for that.
“A back four shouldn’t let one of their midfielders get there first off a rebound. Our keeper made a brilliant save. We had a lot more tangerine shirts around it, yet they got there first.”
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