Ollie hails Pool’s character

Matt Phillips celebrates his goal with provider Nathan Delfouneso
Matt Phillips celebrates his goal with provider Nathan Delfouneso
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IAN Holloway hailed the spirit of his Blackpool side after their magnificent comeback at Hull.

Late goals from Kevin Phillips and Nouha Dicko turned the game on its head to hand the Seasiders a vital 3-2 win.

And the Pool boss said: “I thought our character when we were 2-1 down was brilliant.

“In the dressing room they were all feeling great. They felt togetherness and realised it wasn’t all doom and gloom.

“If someone has the ball for a bit and scores a goal, it doesn’t bother my players. We are Blackpool and we’ll keep going.

“That’s what I’ve done since I’ve been here and I want my players to take that on. Last night, they totally did.”

It was a fantastic game for the neutral, and one Holloway was delighted to come out of top of.

He said: “We scored a sublime goal, we are dominating the game and before you know it Sone Aluko has bent one into the top corner and the whole dynamics of the game changed.

“They came out in the second half and had a good spell, and we didn’t look the same team. We have to realise we have to dig in sometimes.

“We have to let our shape bed down and let them have the ball sometimes.

“We almost think we are going to steamroller teams at times. We think the other team can’t have the ball, but that’s not the case.

“Maybe the way we won a few games got everyone a little carried away. We can’t dominate everyone all the time at this level, so sometimes we’ve just got to dig in.”

After conceding six goals in the previous two games, Holloway had worked hard with his defenders to improve at crosses and set-pieces.

And while Hull scored two, neither came from defensive errors.

“I thought Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste were outstanding,” Holloway added. “They were stepping into every ball and attacking everything.

“All we can do is look at what we do wrong and improve on it, and I feel we’ve done that this week.

“We’ve let in some easily defendable goals, but how much do these boys do for this club and this shirt?

“I thought it was a terrific game, yet another great advert for the Championship. You never know what’s going to happen in this league, do you?

“We’ve experienced some fantastic highs and some terrible lows, all in one week. We’ve won three in a row this season and who says we won’t lose three in a room at some stage? But I’m glad we haven’t.

“I’d have gladly taken a point from this game. I’m sure Steve Bruce and his lads will be kicking themselves. They probably did enough for a point but that’s the Championship.”

HULL manager Steve Bruce couldn’t hide his disappointment at a third straight defeat.

“It has been a horrible week,” he said. “We have got to stop these ridiculous mistakes we’re making.

“For the second goal, we have not picked up from a free-kick, and for the third there were so many individual errors. Unfortunately it has cost us the game, which I didn’t think we deservedIt was very, very disappointing. We played really well but shot ourselves in the foot.”