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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway fears action after outburst


Holloway positive despite 'nasty' defeat

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits he could be in trouble for venting his frustration on referee Mike Dean after his side's late defeat to Blackburn.

Brett Emerton's winner in the fourth minute of added time infuriated Holloway, who felt it was offside and there had been a foul in the build-up.

"I thought the referee had a poor game and he is going to report me for what I said to him in the tunnel," he said.

"Never mind, I have to learn and should know better - but it is ridiculous."

Blackburn piled forward in the second half and thought they had earned a well-deserved point when teenager Matt Phillips was introduced as a substitute and marked his arrival by scoring with almost his first touch.


But Rovers substitute Emerton slotted in a calm left-footed finish to steal all three points for the visitors and Holloway said: "In life sometimes you don't get what you deserve.

"But all I can do is keep monitoring the level of our performance and I was absolutely delighted with that.

"To play at well against Blackburn Rovers I'm bursting with pride. Manchester City didn't cause them many problems but my side did.

"Unfortunately we've added to our own downfall with a fantastic finish from Charlie Adam - at the wrong end.

"We lost our way a bit after that but second half I thought we were absolutely terrific and caused them all sorts of untold problems. I only saw us winning but unfortunately Mr Emerton had a different idea."

Holloway rejected claims that his side should have settled for a draw after Phillips equalised with five minutes remaining.

Blackburn caught Blackpool napping - Allardyce

"We had the momentum," the Seasiders boss insisted. "I want to have a reputation for playing good football and having a go at teams."

Meanwhile Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce, who began his Football League managerial career at Blackpool with a two-year spell in 1994, was delighted with his return to Bloomfield Road.

"We have got a very valuable three points and are very pleased to get our first away win," he said.

"We were fortunate with the first goal but after that we were comfortable. Brett Emerton came up with an outstanding finish and that was it, we had won 2-1.

"You know there is no time for the opposition to come back then. It was our most difficult period of the game because they were right up for it. We were coping with everything they threw at us but then they got the goal and that lifted them.

"They started throwing more and more people forward to get the winner and left more and more spaces at the back.

"In this league counter-attacking football is a major part of your armoury and we caught them on the break."

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