Holloway thanks fans after Cardiff clash

Kevin Phillips celebrates his goal
Kevin Phillips celebrates his goal
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IAN Holloway thanked the fans for being patient after claiming Blackpool’s problem against Cardiff was a lack of “jiggle”.

The manager admitted his side were second-best in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw, describing it as “a bad day at the office”.

Given the below-par performance, he was delighted with the point and with the fans, who have got used to high standards in the last two seasons.

Holloway said: “Basically, we didn’t play well at all but we didn’t get beaten. I want to entertain my fans. I don’t think we did on the day and I apologise for that.

“There wasn’t enough excitement or attacking, not enough jiggle about us, and I want to get that back.

“But the crowd stayed with us when lot of crowds wouldn’t, so I want to thank them for that.

“If we’d have lost, I think it would have been a fair result but Kevin Phillips’ moment of brilliance saved us. It is a good job he is scoring because no-one else really looked like they were going to on the day.

Holloway can claim he helped to turn the game around by making a bold triple substitution just six minutes into the second half.

He brought on Stephen Crainey – surprisingly on the bench as the boss stuck with Matt Hill – Matty Phillips and on-loan West Brom full-back James Hurst, who made his debut.

The manager said: “The fans could see what I was trying to do with the substitutions – get young Phillips and Hurst on and bomb down that side, and get older Crainey on and try to bomb outside Gary Taylor-Fletcher or Brett Ormerod and get some crosses in.

“I wanted to be positive. I knew what I had to do and it worked in that we managed to get a point.”

“In previous games, I think we’ve actually deserved more than we’ve got, so this balances it out.

“We deserved to beat Crystal Palace and I don’t think we deserved to lose at home to Derby, so maybe we were due a bit of luck.

“So it was a bad day at the office but thankfully we managed to nick something out of it.”