Super subs leave Holloway spoilt for choice

Blackpool's Elliot Grandin celebrates scoring
Blackpool's Elliot Grandin celebrates scoring
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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway believes he is spoilt for choice up front after Elliot Grandin and Chris Basham both came off the bench to seal a late win against Crystal Palace.

The Eagles, who travel to Cardiff on Tuesday for the Carling Cup semi-final second leg, appeared to be cruising after Owen Garvan netted from the spot in the 27th minute following a Barry Ferguson handball.

But first Grandin equalised 23 minutes after coming on as a substitute for John Fleck and then Basham, on for Craig Cathcart, followed suit just the end of the game.

And Holloway admitted with evergreen Kevin Phillips, namesake Matt, Thomas Ince and Gary Taylor-Fletcher also in his attacking ranks Blackpool will not be short of goals in the npower Championship.

“It is nice to have such great choice when you think about some of the players that left last season, which was the best side we’ve had in 30 years,” said Holloway.

“To think I’ve got all of these choices now - do I pick Grandin? Ince? Fleck? Taylor-Fletcher? Matt Phillips? Kevin Phillips?

“And we definitely needed that because Crystal Palace came and parked the bus and I felt we should have had a penalty.

“They ended up getting one and we didn’t and I thought it was going to be one of those days when things like that happen.

“But you can’t keep our luck down. They made so many changes and to take on the team with one of the best defensive records in the league and go one down and still win is fantastic.”


Crystal Palace boss Dougie Freedman, despite the defeat, admitted there was plenty he would take from the result going into their midweek cup tie with Cardiff.

“I thought our performance was very encouraging. The desire and the commitment was there for all to see but unfortunately we couldn’t quite hold on to the lead we had,” said Freedman.

“We had one or two good chances in the first half and in the second half we looked very good on the break and could have put the game to bed.

“But ultimately we didn’t take our chances and that cost us out there. Blackpool are a very good team and a very mature side and they started to come at us.

“Once they did that we just couldn’t hang on in there and get a result and the result was that they ended up coming back to win.

“There are a lot of positives to take from the game, we played well and we’ve gained experience because a lot of the players that were out there haven’t had enough game time.”

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