Holloway: Tactics weren’t new

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Ian Holloway defended his all-out-attack tactics against Charlton, claiming his Blackpool side have played that way plenty of times before.

Pool finished the game with five strikers on the field, and Holloway is convinced his players should be able to handle the 4-1-5 formation.

“The shape should have been easy for them to understand,” he said. “I wanted the two wide players to keep pushed high and us to play three up front.

“We should have been peppering them with cross after cross after cross ... sadly we didn’t.

“It didn’t look like anyone was concentrating on what they were doing.

“The body language stank and the crowd ended up feeling that.

“Normally when we are behind we look like scoring at any minute, but on Saturday we didn’t.”

But Holloway thinks Charlton deserve some credit. He said: “I picked good players and if they don’t score their defenders need to take credit.

“They were very well organised by a very good defender in (manager) Chris Powell.

“He’ll be delighted with that. I’m sure he didn’t expect to win 2-0, though.

“You have to keep your head when all around you are losing theirs.

“The tactics were fine – we’ve done that loads of times last season.

“Maybe now we think we are better than we are and a goal against us is such a shock.”

As you’d expect, there was an altogether different atmosphere in Charlton manager Powell’s post-match press conference.

The former England defender was delighted. He said: “It was a really accomplished performance. We weathered some first-half pressure but we knew it would be a test of character.

“I’m a big fan of Ian Holloway and I knew we’d have to defend stoutly, and we did that.

“In this league, if you nudge in front you’ve got a real chance to win games.”