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Blackpool learned from thrashings, says Ian Holloway

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Holloway keeping feet firmly on the ground

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes his side used their thrashings at Chelsea and Arsenal to inflict a shock 2-1 win over Liverpool at Anfield.

"I wanted us to play like that at Chelsea and Arsenal - we learnt from those losses," said Holloway, referring to his side's 4-0 and 6-0 defeats.

"Our game is all about keeping the ball and we stuck at it."

And he revealed when Liverpool striker Fernando Torres limped off early on he had thought: "Maybe this is our day."

Suffering from a groin injury Torres was replaced by French striker David Ngog after 10 minutes.

"To see Torres - in my opinion the best centre forward in the world when he's fit - come off, that gave us a boost," added Holloway, whose side led 2-0 at half-time thanks to a Charlie Adam penalty and a Luke Varney goal.

This is a fantastic moment for Blackpool

Ian Holloway

Liverpool were in the ascendency in the second half after Sotirios Kyrgiakos headed in on 53 minutes, but Blackpool held on for a famous win that moves Holloway's side up to ninth in the table.

"It was like a tidal wave coming at us so I'm just delighted to scrape the win," added Holloway. "I'm so proud of our club."

Kyrgiakos was denied a second goal in stoppage time after a great save from Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

"Matt Gilks has been in sparkling form," said Holloway. "He came in last season and replaced a very good goalkeeper.

"Our lads say we are OK away from home but now we need to sort out our home form," added Holloway, whose side host Manchester City after the international break.

"We need a certain number of points [to stay up] and I won't be smiling until we've got a lot more."

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Liverpool might have suffered their worst start to a top-flight season in over 50 years, but their fans still found time to applaud Holloway's side.

"When the fans were singing You'll Never Walk Alone - it's my dad's favourite song but he's no longer with me - I was singing myself and it was a bit emotional," said Holloway.

"This is not far off the home of football - these supporters have seen some of the best football over the years and in my era as a player there was no better team in the world.

"The boys made me so proud and for that set of supporters to clap us off that is all I wanted - that was what my dream was last night. This is a fantastic moment for Blackpool."

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