Saturday 21 April 2018

Holloway fearing rap after railing at referee


Andy Hampson

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway fears he could be in disciplinary trouble for railing at referee Mike Dean after his side's last-gasp loss to Blackburn yesterday.

The Seasiders were denied a point in a compelling Premier League derby when Brett Emerton struck a Blackburn winner four minutes into injury-time at Bloomfield Road. Holloway felt there was a suspicion of offside and Gary Taylor-Fletcher was fouled in the build-up to the goal.

He claimed it was among several questionable decisions by Dean. "I thought the referee had a poor game and he is going to report me for what I said to him in the tunnel," said Holloway. "I can't believe what he saw. I thought there were some unbelievably strange decisions out there. I waited for him in the tunnel. Never mind, I have got to learn and I should know better -- but it is ridiculous."

Blackpool hit the woodwork early on but gifted their neighbours the lead in the first league meeting between the sides in 30 years. Charlie Adam inexplicably headed into his own goal after 20 minutes and Chris Samba almost added a second when he hit the post.

Blackburn squandered several other chances to make the lead more comfortable and Blackpool appeared to have made them pay when substitute Matt Phillips equalised after 85 minutes.

It was just reward for a strong spell of pressure from the home side, in which Paul Robinson also made two good saves, but Rovers had the final say. "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," said Holloway.

"To play as well as that against Blackburn Rovers, I'm bursting with pride."

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