Ollie escapes abyss

Ian Holloway shakes hands with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson before kick off.
Ian Holloway shakes hands with Leicester manager Nigel Pearson before kick off.
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IAN Holloway admitted he needed “a lie down” after watching yet another Seasiders thriller.

Pool shared the points with Leicester in a dramatic six-goal rollercoaster.

But despite failing to get the victory he craved, the boss was all smiles after Kevin Phillips’ stoppage-time equaliser … not least because it meant an end to his Foxes hoodoo.

Holloway had lost every game against Leicester since being axed as their boss almost four years ago.

The Pool boss said: “I can’t say how much that point meant to be. I was getting absolutely slaughtered by their (supporters) again.

“At 3-2 down, we were staring into the abyss and I was thinking, ‘I can’t believe I am going to lose again to the dreaded Leicester, who I haven’t got a point off since I was born!

“The truth is that (at Leicester) I was left holding the package when the bomb went off. I think I’ve proved to Leicester that maybe if I’d wanted to stay, I might have done something a little bit different.

“But I didn’t want to work for their owner (Milan Mandaric). He is somewhere else now and I am sorry I ever went there because I felt like I let them down.

“Now I’m here at Blackpool, though, and I am loving every minute.”


Holloway described the 3-3 draw as a terrific advert for football.

“What a game. Blimey, I needed a lie down afterwards,” he said.

“We played really well. Their tactic was to stop us and try and hit us on the break with the quality they’ve got.

“They paid respect to us by going 4-3-3. They normally play 4-4-2. It caused us the odd problem.

“The game was really tight and I was delighted we went ahead, but before we knew it we were 2-1 down.

“I thought we had the better of the first half but they caught us on the break.

“Then Roman Bednar came on and got a goal. The fans are going, ‘Oh no, is he going to trip over it? No, he isn’t!’ What a fantastic finish, then he goes and jars his knee.

“I had a headache after headache then. What we’ve been doing recently is throwing caution to the wind and I did that last night even more than I’ve ever done before, chucking three up front.

“It wasn’t balanced at all. But how exciting was it? And we managed to get something. I think that is a vital point. That gives one more towards our target.”

Leicester remain eight points adrift of the top six, and after conceding in the dying seconds, manager Nigel Pearson clearly wasn’t quite as happy as his Blackpool counterpart.

“It’s another two points thrown away,” Pearson said. “We’ve got some serious work to do here.

“It’s all right saying we have scored three and created a load of chances, but at the moment we are leaking goals far too easily.

“We have played some good stuff again, but ultimately the players have got to be prepared to work in both directions and all three goals were avoidable, certainly the two in the second half.

“It was an ideal opportunity. Teams slipped up on Tuesday and we had a chance to make up ground.

“We scored three goals and came away with a point, so we’ve got an awful lot to do to put things right.”

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