Dalglish: Pool a credit to Premier League

Ian Holloway meets Kenny Dalglish before the game
Ian Holloway meets Kenny Dalglish before the game
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KENNY Dalglish was happy to heap praise on the Seasiders after they ruined his first night back at the office.

Dalglish was taking charge of Liverpool in a league game for the first time in almost 20 years.

But his hopes of a dream start were dashed by Ian Holloway’s Blackpool. It was the 32nd consecutive home game that Pool have scored in and a generous Dalglish made a point of praising the victors.

“Blackpool are a good side. They put you under pressure,” said Dalglish.

“They are well organised and they have been a great credit to the Premier League so far.

“We have to look at ourselves, and without trying to take any credit away from Blackpool, we have to look at some of our defending.

“For the second goal we defended a corner, got it well away from our box but didn’t pick it up. You can’t do that.

“Blackpool are quite adept at hitting long passes and getting on the end of things, and that is what they did to us.

“Some of the problems during a match you can solve yourself, others you have to credit the opposition for.”

Watching from the Bloomfield Road directors’ box was David Moyes and Roberto Di Matteo.

Moyes’ Everton face Liverpool at the weekend, while the Seasiders go to the Hawthorns to face Di Matteo’s side – it’s likely that the Italian, whose side have lost their last six games, will be more concerned than Moyes.

Dalglish, though, is confident he can turn things around.

“We’ll work away and try to get the confidence we need to produce more positive results,” said the Scot, after Liverpool’s tenth league defeat of the season. A lot of teams are going to Blackpool and get a really tough game.

“But I won’t be harsh on my players because they put in the effort and commitment. And a lot of these players played a large part of Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Manchester United a team-mate short (because Steve Gerrard was sent off.)

“But we are disappointed we have come away from the game with no points.

“We got off to a good start – a couple of good passes and Fernando Torres got in and finished really well.

“For their first goal we were on the verge of breaking clear, misplaced a pass and they went up the pitch and got a break of the ball off Daniel Agger before their lad finished well.

“If we had just laid the pass off and gone up the other end of the pitch, we would have walked it in for 2-0. If there was a turning point, that would be it.

“It’s all very well being a decent side but every side which has been successful needs that bit of luck. At the moment that has turned against us but the longer we stick in and the less sorry we feel for ourselves the better chance we will have of correcting it.”

“It doesn’t matter what players you have, you need confidence and belief. To me, they showed they care about the place and that is very important.”