Everything but a goal for Ollie

Lomano Lulalua takes on Watford's Jonathan Hogg.
Lomano Lulalua takes on Watford's Jonathan Hogg.
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Ian Holloway believes that Saturday’s draw against Watford was the best any of his sides have played without scoring a goal.

Blackpool hit the post twice and missed chance after chance on a frustrating afternoon at Bloomfield Road.

The manager said: “We played that well today we’d have created chances against anyone.

“They will be happy with a point, whereas I’m a bit disappointed that we didn’t get all three.

“We are so close to starting a really good run.

“I’ve just told my lads that no team of mine has ever played any better than they did on Saturday without scoring.

“Last year’s 0-0 away at West Ham was a wonderful game, but if we’d got a goal on Saturday we could have ran out quite comfortable (winners).”

“We played well enough to get a goal. We caused them probably a lot more problems than other teams have this season.

“I think we looked exciting and I want our lads to believe how good they are.

“I want them to see how far they have already come and to see the football that they are playing. I’m delighted and thrilled with it.”

Holloway refused to point the finger at his strikers for Pool’s lack of goals against the Hornets.

He instead put it down to being just one of those days.

He said: “Unfortunately, in the second half we should have taken our chances.

“If I gave those chances to one or two of those players again, they would finish them. I see them finish those chances day in, day out.

“It just didn’t happen on the day. It wasn’t to be.”

Blackpool made one change to the side that drew with table-toppers Southampton seven days earlier as Lomana LuaLua came in to replace Chris Basham.

Holloway revealed the reason for the switch. “I wanted to go more attacking. We are at home and I wanted to entertain our fans.

“We have to learn that if we can’t win, then we keep a clean sheet. And on Saturday we did that.

“We kept a clean sheet by attacking, and that’s what I wanted.”