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Ollie: Defeat Leaves Bitter Taste

21 October 2012

Manager Reflects On 1-0 Loss

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway admitted that a 1-0 loss to Burnley at Turf Moor left a 'bitter taste' in the mouth.

A goal from in-form striker Charlie Austin is all that separated the sides in the Lancashire derby, but the result could have been different had Pool converted any of their second-half chances.

"Obviously with Eddie going I didn't know what to expect from their team, and Charlie Austin has got his head on something that inevitably changed the game," he said. "I felt that knocked the stuffing out of us, but we didn't move it sharp enough or hurt them enough.

"I can only look at the positives in the second-half, once I made the first substitution. We'd been working on a slightly different shape so that we're not quite so predictable and I thought Ludo did fantastic when he came on.

"It took a fantastic double save from their keeper to stop a certain goal. If we'd have got that it would have been a very different game, I felt."

Having started the campaign in fine, free-scoring form, The Seasiders are currently on a run of one win in five games, yet that's nothing that a goal or two won't change.   

"We started like a train and now we're whimpering but it's a long, hard season and we've now got to make sure that we keep believing. It's at times like this that you have to be convinced that the way you're playing is right, and I guarantee that if you look at the stats we just need to create so more chances."

One player who didn't feature at Burnley was skipper Barry Ferguson, who could now be set for a loan move in search of regular first-team football.

"Barry and I have had a chat and he knows that he's out of contract in the summer. He knows that other people might want him and he thinks he's got to play every week. He's not been nasty about it because he believes that he needs to do that," Ollie revealed.

"My idea of using him this year doesn't fit with him and he's not used to not playing so I might loan him out and swap a different position in. He's been totally respectful."


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