Penalty ‘totally wrong’ blasts Holloway

Blackpool's Matt Phillips is tackled by Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp
Blackpool's Matt Phillips is tackled by Leicester City's Jeffrey Schlupp
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A FURIOUS Ian Holloway blasted referee Mike Jones after Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester, asking how he can sleep at night.

The official awarded Leicester a second-half penalty when Tiago Gomes appeared to win the ball fairly in a challenge on former Fleetwood striker Jamie Vardy.

Foxes winger Ben Marshall made no mistake from the spot, dashing Championship leaders Pool’s hopes of a fourth straight win.

Holloway was livid with the decision. He said: “I hope the referee can sleep at night. I doubt he can.

“Anyone watching will tell you the decision is wrong. It feels like we wasted a whole day going there.

“The referee flapped because the crowd shouted at him and he made a totally wrong decision.”

The 54th-minute incident followed two other penalty claims from the home side.

And Holloway was in no doubt those influenced Jones’ decision. He added: “For me it looked like he couldn’t wait to give a penalty. He put the whistle to his mouth on the first penalty shout.

“The first one was Vardy again. The kid’s fallen over and they’ve all gone wild.

“They’ve appealed for a handball which was nothing like a penalty too. You could almost feel one was coming.

“He’s got to be bigger than that. I feel aggrieved about it, totally.

“We should have come out of there with a 0-0. That was nowhere near a penalty.”

Pool tried to sign Vardy last season as he led Fleetwood to the Conference title with 34 goals.

The striker was a constant danger on Saturday but Holloway blasted: “He clearly dived and for me it should have been a free-kick to us and maybe a yellow card.”