Defenders hear Ollie’s big idea

Ian Evatt
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IAN Evatt and Craig Cathcart will have the words of Ian Holloway ringing in their ears when they take the field against Ipswich today.

The pair have had some extra lessons from the Pool boss, who believes he has come up with a radical new way of making sure their partnership continues to improve.

Holloway hit on his new technique after watching re-runs of the goal the Seasiders conceded at Crystal Palace before the international break.

He is hoping the results will be there for all to see in future games.

Holloway said: “I’ve looked at it and come up with something I think is really relevant from a coaching point of view.

“I have explained it and I think it is a golden rule both my centre-halves will have in their brains now.

“I don’t think they’ll ever forget it and I’m hoping it will make it easier for them to be centre-halves.”

Needless to say, Holloway isn’t revealing all but he did offer a hint: “It is all about positioning and where they should be, and it’s something I’ve never said before from a coaching point of view.

“Evatt and Cathcart played quite well at Palace but one mistake led to a goal.

“But you learn from things you do wrong, so I will probably pick the same two and we will see how they do.”

Holloway is wary of an Ipswich side thrashed 7-1 at Peterborough in their last away game. He has pointed to the strength of Paul Jewell’s squad but says his own team isn’t bad either.

The manager added: “I know Paul well. He has won promotion from this level before and I’m sure he’ll be trying to do it again.