Ollie: Players to blame for bad tackles

Following a spate of serious injuries to Premier League players

this season, Fulham midfielder Murphy accused the managers of

Blackburn, Stoke and Wolves – Sam Allardyce, Tony Pulis and Mick

McCarthy respectively – of sending out players so pumped up that

“there is inevitably going to be problems”. Holloway said: “He’ll

have to face the music because I think he’s totally wrong. Does he

know what it’s like to be a manager? “I’ve never heard any manager

who I’ve played for tell me to go out and tackle someone and hurt

them and break his leg. I think it’s a total insult to Tony Pulis,

Sam Allardyce and Mick McCarthy.” Bobby Zamora, Antonio Valencia

and Hatem Ben Arfa have all suffered broken legs in recent weeks,

while in the last round of matches Wolves captain Karl Henry was

sent off for a flying lunge at Wigan’s Jordi Gomez, who fortunately

avoided injury. Holloway agrees there is a problem with players

tackling off their feet but believes the issue has been exaggerated

and that the physical side of the game is unfairly penalised. He

continued: “There’s a decision to be made and tackles these days, a

lot of them are two-footed, and that’s down to the player. “We used

to tackle properly. It’s a fantastic part of the game and a

fantastic skill but all these two-footed lunges which are reckless,

yes we want them out of the game. “But to interpret some of them as

that, I’m not so sure. I don’t think (Nigel) De Jong’s tackle (on

Ben Arfa) was that reckless, I just think it was an accidental

thing. “I think the one on Aaron Ramsey the other year (by Stoke’s

Ryan Shawcross), I thought two players went in for it, and that

happens sometimes. These players are so quick, it’s frightening.

“The game is improving all the time but don’t take tackling away

from the game, I don’t like the game if there’s no tackling in it.

“Reckless tackles are (when a player thinks), ‘I don’t care, I’m

taking everything’. And I don’t see that many in the game. “I would

argue with Danny. It’s so easy to say, ‘Oh yes, it’s happening

now’. I don’t think so. I don’t think you can touch people anymore.

“Danny’s a very good player but I think it disrespects the clubs he

talks about by saying they do certain things and they’re told to do

certain things.” Holloway’s Blackpool will aim to continue their

stunning start to their first Premier League season when they take

on Manchester City at Bloomfield Road on Sunday. Three away

victories, most recently against Liverpool, have propelled the

Seasiders up to ninth in the table, but their attempt to secure a

first home win will have to be made with Holloway sitting in the

stands. The 47-year-old will serve a one-match ban for his

post-match comments to referee Mike Dean after Blackpool’s defeat

by Blackburn last month. Holloway admitted his guilt after falling

foul of the rule for the second time in nine months, but he does

not feel it should have too much of an impact on his team’s

chances. He said: “I’ll have to shout a bit louder. I’ll have a

nicer view and I’ll probably feel like I’m not in work, and that’s

my own fault. “I know the rules. I certainly know the rule E3 now,

which I’ve broken twice, and I can’t afford to break it again. I’m

just going to have to sit on everything I feel and say nothing, and

I should be able to do that now I’m 47. But I probably haven’t

learned. “When I don’t get what I want I’m not very nice. Being a

little fella, some people call it small man syndrome, I’m a jack

russell and I think I’m a rottweiler. “I’m a little bloke with a

lot to say and sometimes it’s not nice and sometimes I forget who

I’m saying it to. “I’m going to have to change that and it’s not

easy when you feel totally and utterly that you don’t understand

what’s happening in front of your eyes.” Holloway has no fresh

injury worries, with Matt Gilks, Craig Cathcart and Neal Eardley

all having recovered from problems that kept them out of

international matches this week.