IAN Holloway watched his Seasiders team dish out a stunning 5-0 hammering to Leeds at Elland Road and admitted: “I wasn’t expecting that”.
The Pool boss declared himself “hugely proud” of his players after a five-star showing, which included a hat-trick from Jonjo Shelvey and a brace for LuaLua on his full debut.
It was Blackpool’s biggest ever win over Leeds and so one-sided they had 76 per cent of possession.
But while Holloway was able to enjoy every minute, the same couldn’t be said for Simon Grayson in the opposite dugout.
The one-time Pool hero, now in charge at Leeds, had to endure a horrible 90 minutes as his team – hindered by the 24th-minute dismissal of centre-back Tom Lees – failed to stem the Tangerine tide.
Another former Seasiders employee, Paul Rachubka, had an even worse night. The keeper – in the team because of Andy Lonergan’s fractured finger – made a series of howlers to gift Pool a 3-0 half-time advantage and was replaced at the interval by an 18-year-old rookie.
Holloway said: “Paul had a bit of misfortune on the night and we had some fortune.
“I know he is a good lad and good goalie. Those people who jeered him – that wasn’t very good. I feel for the boy. This place is pretty unforgiving. He was a great servant to us and I wish him all the best.”
Holloway was truly delighted with his team’s own display. They bounced back from consecutive defeats against Burnley and Nottingham Forest to power past a Leeds side which had lost only one of its last nine games.
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