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Ollie: A Learning Curve

8 August 2012

Manager Reflects On Swansea Defeat

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes that his players will learn valuable lessons from their 4-2 pre-season friendly defeat to Swansea City last night.

The Seasiders came up against one of the best passing sides in the Premier League at the Liberty Stadium and had a number of mistakes clinically punished by Michael Laudrup's side.

"We may as well have rolled the ball in the net for them, to be fair," Holloway said. "We played in the wrong areas and it looked like we decided to consciously try and out-pass a team that are really good at it and had been excellent here all last season.

"I thought we showed some character in the end to get back in it, but we made the same mistake three times out of four. It's all about getting that balance right and we didn't do that. I thought Swansea passed it and moved it well and their closing caused us problems, which is not what I particularly wanted. Those mistakes that we've made are us in our infancy and we've got to work at it. At least now I can show them on a DVD."

The test proved an ideal exercise at this stage of pre-season as The Seasiders look to hit the ground running in time for Millwall on Saturday 18 August. Taking away the result, the lessons picked up from the game will be valuable moving forward. 

"It doesn't matter what scores these games are really because they're quite irrelevant but that gives me some fantastic evidence to show my lot about what matters and what we've got to do to get results at a place like Swansea," the manager added.

Blackpool will now be back in first-team action against Morecambe in the Capital One Cup on Sunday, although two behind-closed-doors games against Everton and Newcastle reserve sides have been arranged for other players to build up match fitness.


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