Holloway wants players to toughen up

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IAN Holloway called on his Seasiders players to toughen up after their 3-1 defeat by Huddersfield on a wet night at Bloomfield Road.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher equalised Lee Novak’s opener only for goals from James Vaughan and Oliver Norwood – both from set-pieces – to send Simon Grayson’s side above the Seasiders into second place in the Championship.

Tom Ince

Tom Ince

Holloway believes his players need to do more when defending dead balls.

He said: “When that ball comes into your box, you have to be nasty to win it.

“Huddersfield were last night and we weren’t. I thought we were a little bit soft, and it’s unlike us.

“I’m not blaming anyone – I thought the whole team didn’t look like us.”

The Terriers’ third goal infuriated the Pool boss most, Norwood’s cross drifting across the box and into the far corner.

Holloway said: “I thought their third goal was a foul on my goalie. But I don’t like Vaughan being allowed to foul him anyway – why isn’t my centre-half in there knocking him sideways? You can see where it’s going – any chance of getting in the way of it?”

“I thought they ruffled our feathers and we didn’t know what to do.

“Whether we were worried about the pitch or not, I don’t know.”

The defeat saw Blackpool slip to fourth when a win would have sent them top, but Holloway was full of praise for Huddersfield.

“We came up against a really good side who were up for it,” he said. “They had someone in Keith Southern in their camp, who knew exactly what we do.

“It looked like he’d told their boss and their game plan worked a treat on us, I’m afraid.

“We didn’t play anything like we can, but a large part of that was down to them. I have to give Huddersfield great credit.

“They played really well and their front two were almost too hot to handle. It hurts but normally we do that to other people.”