Holloway spoken to by Police during game

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IAN Holloway has revealed he was spoken to by the police during the draw with Barnsley.

The Seasiders boss was screaming instructions to his players but a spot of colourful language resulted in a supporter making a complaint.

The fourth official and the police became involved and everything was quickly sorted.

Holloway said afterwards: “I got spoken to by the police and I must apologise for that.

“You sometimes say things in the heat of battle that you shouldn’t.

“Football is an emotional game. I always try to stay calm but sometimes you forget yourself and I apologise.”

Despite his team being reduced to 10 men for more than two-thirds of the contest, Holloway admitted he was gutted not to have won all three points.


“I just feel a little bit aggrieved. I honestly felt that when we got that equaliser we might have gone on and won,” said the boss.

“The red card – though I completely disagree with it – actually sparked us into being braver and into attacking more sharply.

“We were on a whim and a prayer at the back but the way my defence have been lately I wasn’t too worried because they have been absolutely outstanding.

“I still left four attackers on. I did think about changing it and putting Barry Ferguson on a bit earlier than I did, but I wanted us to keep attacking.

“Funnily enough I didn’t even see their goal.

“I was just coming out of the toilet at half time and I was devastated because if we could have got through a couple more attacks,

“I felt they were looking a bit nervous.

“I raised my voice at the end about their goal and Neal Eardley said: ‘Oh, he beat me gaffer but it was a bit spawny’.

“That happens sometimes. I saw one for Barcelona the other day when the bloke shot, it came off the keeper, hit him in the head as he was falling over, and went in. So anything can happen.

“But we managed to get back in it – Matt Phillips scoring a great goal – and I am very disappointed that, after equalising, we didn’t go on and manage to get another three points.”

Holloway added: “Having said that, it is another game ticked off and although we wanted three points, it is another game unbeaten.

“Let’s see what we can now do at Nottingham Forest – then we have two great big massive ones at home (Burnley and Leeds) and we need some points out of those games to cement our top six position.

“We haven’t done that yet so let’s get on with it.”