Holloway uses bizarre cake analogy for Pulis' Stoke style
Published 23:00 10/12/10 By Jeremy Butler
Ian Holloway reckons winning games with Stoke is a piece of cake for Tony Pulis.
The Blackpool boss takes his side to the Britannia Stadium today slamming half-backed criticism of Stoke’s style of play under his old pal.
Holloway feels Pulis is now getting his just deserts for sticking to the Premier League game plan his rival cooked up that includes Rory Delap’s long throw as a sweetener.
He said: “In football you need to have everything in your cake mix to make the cake taste right.
"One little bit of ingredient that Tony uses in his cake gets talked about all the time is Rory’s throw.
"Call that cinnamon and he’s got a cinnamon flavoured cake. It’s not fair and it’s not right and it’s only a small part of what he does
"It gets talked about a lot because it’s so effective. But I’m sure he’ll be loving it that he’s in the Premier League, people are writing about that and he’s still in the Premier League year after year.’’
Holloway returns to the scene of his darkest day in management today hoping to put one over on Pulis.
He was in charge at Leicester when he took his side to Stoke needing a win to avoid the drop three seasons ago.
But Stoke celebrated their promotion to the Premier League by holding the Foxes to a 0-0 draw.
And within weeks Holloway was shown the door at the Walkers Stadium and spent a year out of the game.
He said: ``It was awful, absolutely hideous for me.
``We were going down and I watched Stoke celebrate. It was one of those things I lodged in my brain that I wanted to feel some day and I managed to do it last season when Blackpool went up.
``It was a hard day though. I’ve had a few moments, like when QPR went down and I lost my job at Bristol Rovers, I didn’t think I was ever going to get back from that one. But you’ve got to bounce back haven’t you?
``That was one of my lowest moments in football but you do learn from things that go wrong if you’ve got anything about you, and I want to have a career without feeling like that again.
``I’m sure I will have to face something like that again but it’s how you take it, what you do about it and how you go on.
``If you’re looking at clubs that you want to try to emulate and maximise what you do and what you’ve got, I don’t need to look any further than Stoke.’’