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Holloway Praise For Gomes

18 August 2012

Manager Delighted With Millwall Showing

Ian Holloway praised the impact of new signing Tiago Gomes following Blackpool's 2-0 win at Millwall.

The Portuguese midfielder was one of two players to debut at The New Den and his performance was one of a number of positives for the manager.

"I think Tiago's influence on that first goal was quite sublime, it was a brilliant little backheel. I felt this game was for him," he said.

"I call him my bull because he's got that tenacity about him. He isn't as fit as the others yet because he hasn't had the summer but it's a great start."

The 26-year-old's creative spark is one that has drawn comparisons to Charlie Adam, with Ollie hopeful that Gomes can add a few goals.

"I lost a really good midfielder once who could do that, Charlie Adam. He chipped in with goals, and with what I've seen on video from Tiago, his CV reads probably better than any player I've been able to get.

"He doesn't speak English fully yet but he's been captain of Hercules, he's very experienced and he could have gone back to La Liga right now but he chose us."

The overall performance and Tom Ince's two goals left the manager very satisfied, with the first settling the team down.

"I thought the lads did well, we got a goal today and goals change games. It was pretty tight before then and that lifted our confidence a bit and then we managed to settle down. It's all about trying to get in your stride early after what happened last week. I thought it was a great effort," he added.

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