Holloway hurt by criticism of signings

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IAN Holloway says no-one should judge his deadline day signings before seeing them in action.

The Seasiders boss has brought in striker Daniel Bogdanovic from League One Sheffield United and teenage West Brom defender James Hurst.

Holloway is happy to have both at the club and reckons they can make a valuable contribution to the Seasiders campaign ... and prove any doubters wrong.

The manager said: “From the things I’ve read, there are people already saying our signings are a load of rubbish.

“How can you judge someone when you have only just bought him?

“I think Daniel Bogdanovic can play in our style and our fashion. I think he can run over the top and score for us.

“Who cares what he had been doing at Sheffield United? When I bought Luke Varney, he couldn’t get in Derby’s team.

“Jason Puncheon came from two levels below and couldn’t get in Southampton’s team, so why should our fans worry about that?”

Holloway hopes Maltese 31-year-old Bogdanovic will ease the pressures on Kevin Phillips as Pool’s chief goalscorer.

The boss added: “I want attacking players when the loan market reopens because I am after more goals.

“I don’t want Kevin Phillips to have to score all the time. Gary Taylor-Fletcher will get some goals, Brett Ormerod will chip in with a few and I also think Bogdanovic will get some.

“I read another fan asking how many more full-backs we need. Well, how many do we actually have?

“Alex Baptiste isn’t a full-back, he is a central defender who is doing very well at full-back.

“Chris Basham is a centre midfielder. Neal Eardley is a right-back but he could be a midfielder.

“I’ve brought James Hurst here because I think it’s a position where we need to have strength in depth and he is also a very good player, so with the greatest respect, who on earth is anyone out there to tell me what I should do?

“I am very pleased to have both of them at the club, and hopefully they will get the full support and encouragement of our fans.

“The supporters have been brilliant for the last two years and I need them to stay exactly that way because anything other than total backing will make life very difficult for all of us.”

Holloway should be able to call on the services of Elliot Grandin for Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich after a foot problem.