Ollie seething at ref justice

BY foxsports • April 14, 2011

Holloway was unhappy about a number of decisions made by referee Lee Mason during the Gunners' 3-1 victory at Bloomfield Road on Sunday, most notably a Laurent Koscielny challenge in the box on Gary Taylor-Fletcher moments after the hosts had made it 2-1 which went unpunished. The Seasiders boss delayed his post-match press conference so he could speak to Mason in his dressing room, and Holloway has admitted he was still frustrated by what he sees as the latest of several cases of injustice suffered by his team this season. "Last week, we almost turned it around against the second-best team in the league at the moment," Holloway said. "Within five minutes, we should have been at 2-2 and I am spitting feathers about that - almost venom - because how many times this season have we had that? "The viewers at home will have seen it - Manchester City at home, Manchester United when we were 2-0 up, with the penalty we should have had when Luke Varney was barged sideways. "Can't see it, didn't give it - how many times does that happen? "I wonder if it was up the other end they might have seen it? It might have been an easier decision for them. It has happened too many times for my liking." He continued: "When Gary Taylor-Fletcher has rolled it off to someone and his legs are scythed from underneath him, surely you can see that and that it is a penalty - in my opinion. "I've watched it and had a week to reflect on it and I still feel the same. I wonder how many other managers of smaller clubs feel that way as well? "Once I watched it again, I had to bite my lip. I cannot believe what I saw - at that moment, when we had just got back to 2-1 and we had the impetus. "It was there and it was taken away from us again." Holloway has spoken previously about how he would like to see a system put in place that would allow referees to make decisions based on what an official has viewed on a video replay - although it is something he is unsure big clubs would favour. "All I'm asking for is the technology that should have made that decision right," Holloway said. "We've come up to the best league in the world and we're still on a wing and a prayer of a bloke who can't see what the television cameras see, and it makes him look a bit silly after. "Maybe they (bigger clubs) don't want to change it, but us little ones do. "Maybe we are just totally paranoid - maybe I'm just (manager of) too small a club in my own mind. "But I don't think so. Let's get every decision right and we'll all be buzzing." The Arsenal result means Blackpool have won only once in their last 12 matches and, with six fixtures left to play, they are just a point above the Barclays Premier League relegation zone. The Tangerines host fellow strugglers Wigan on Saturday and will be without midfielder David Vaughan, who has injured his hip. "We are seeing a specialist this afternoon," Holloway said. "There is slight muscle damage, but there is a fear that it might have pulled a piece of bone off his hip. "I'm trying to concentrate on the ones who are fit, and I know David isn't for this weekend - I'll leave that to my physio." Holloway does not feel that Matt Gilks is ready to return to first-team action yet as the goalkeeper continues his recovery after breaking his kneecap in November. Defender David Carney is out for the rest of the season due to a shoulder problem, for which he is to undergo surgery.


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