Back to basics for ‘terrible’ Pool

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IAN Holloway says he’s going “back to basics” after two results he described as “terrible”.

The Seasiders slumped to their second defeat in a week when they went down 3-0 at Cardiff on Saturday.

Holloway’s men looked a shadow of their usual selves in a lacklustre display in South Wales.

And the Pool boss said: “I’ve got to go back to the drawing board. After those two results we have to, it’s as simple as that.

“That’s two terrible results in a row now. You can’t let goals like that in, I’m afraid, but we have.

“The free-kick went straight in and two unmarked goals. Four goals in two games now have come from set-pieces.

“It’s a simple part of the game but it’s also one of the hardest parts too.”

Two goals from Matthew Connolly and a Peter Whittingham free-kick left the Seasiders dead and buried at the Cardiff City Stadium.

And Holloway was the first to admit his side weren’t at the races. He said: “The performance was so unlike us. We got what he deserved. I think we are an attacking team but I didn’t think we had an attack in us on Saturday.

“At one point, Stephen Crainey broke forward and everyone ran away from him. We can’t do that.

“It’s not easy to get into the new boys what we need.

“We’ve had a very decent start but that’s two games now in which we’ve not done too well.

“I was hoping we’d have bounced back on Saturday but we didn’t, so we’ll have to bounce back again now.”

Much has been made of Holloway’s changes to his starting 11. On Saturday he made eight to the side which lost at home to Huddersfield.

But he says they were justified.

He admitted: “Some of the changes were forced, some of them weren’t, but I don’t think we looked a cohesive unit.

“You have to look at it logically. People will ask why I made so many changes.

“Well I think the lads who played the other evening have carried most of the weight of the season so far.

“I want to get other people up to speed and are playing Saturday-Tuesday. We have to give Cardiff credit. Goals change games, and on Saturday we lost confidence. I didn’t expect that. By the end of it we didn’t look like my team.

“The next one doesn’t come more tough than Hull away and we’ll have to bounce back.”

Kirk Broadfoot, Scott Robertson and Nathan Eccleston were all handed their Pool debuts on Saturday in difficult circumstances.

And Holloway doesn’t blame them for the poor performance.

He said: “The debutants will feel terrible because so far this season we’ve looked a really good team. They’ll feel awful but it’s nothing to do with them.

“It’s about understanding what we try to do. We have to try to look dangerous and threatening, and on Saturday we didn’t do that.

“They looked dangerous every time they put the ball in our box.

“We were defending so well in the past but we’ve now lost that concentration.”