Ollie vows to go for Anfield victory

Blackpool were beaten 2-1 by Blackburn in a compelling Lancashire

derby on Saturday after Brett Emerton scored a goal four minutes

into injury time at Bloomfield Road. That was harsh on Blackpool,

who thought they had claimed a deserved point when substitute

debutant Matt Phillips cancelled out Charlie Adam’s own goal three

minutes from time. By playing three men up front, Blackpool had

shown attacking intentions from the outset. Holloway felt the

Seasiders played too defensively in their 4-0 thrashing by Chelsea

in their previous outing and that was not a mistake he wanted to

repeat. And after going so close to taking something off Rovers,

the positive approach is likely to be redeployed against Roy

Hodgson’s misfiring Reds at Anfield next Sunday. Holloway said:

“Last week we got what we deserved – zilch – but this week I felt

we deserved at least a point. “But you won’t get me disappointed –

because of the way my team play. “Results won’t affect me this year

– if I start getting affected by results I might as well pack it

in, “But performances affect me. The first-half performance last

week was wimpy. “That was my fault because I went defensive and I

won’t do that again. “You wait until Liverpool away – that is all I

am going to say.” Yet whilst Blackpool’s approach was refreshing,

it could also be described as their undoing. After Phillips had

hauled the Seasiders back into the game with a fine solo effort

less than a minute after coming off the bench, the hosts pushed

again in search of a winner. They were caught out as Blackburn

broke back to snatch victory with almost the last kick but Holloway

had no regrets. He said: “I might get a bit of this or a bit of

that, people asking why we didn’t shut up shop, but we had the

momentum at our home ground. “We need to win our home games and I

would be letting myself down if we didn’t keep going. “I thought I

had done my job, as you could tell with my jumping around. “I

thought it was nothing more than we deserved – but sometimes in

life you don’t get what you deserve.” Blackpool were also unhappy

with the refereeing of Mike Dean, particularly over the winning

goal. Replays suggested Emerton may have been marginally offside

while Gary Taylor-Fletcher claimed he had been fouled in the

build-up. The midfielder said: “The referee said I jumped out of

the way but when someone comes in with studs showing and catches

you, I don’t know what you are expected to do. Just stand there?

“It was a blatant foul but he didn’t give us anything all day. “But

the performance and football we played was second to none. “The

only thing we lacked was shots on target and the crosses into the

box weren’t as good as they normally were.” Despite the result,

Blackpool will still feel they have a healthy seven points from six

games.