Why it's no wonder Blackpool look disjointed under Ian Holloway

Ian Holloway returned to Bristol last night in his first management role since taking Leicester City into League one. My best memory of the man who continues to recite ridiculous clichés was when he missed what would have been a match winning penalty at Ashton gate in March 1991. Five years later even Holloway didn’t have time to issue his usual garbage as he was chased from the pitch at the end of another derby in December 1996.

The truth is that Holloway is a man that City fans (or those who have been City fans for any length of time) hate with a passion. It was therefore the usual high octane chants that welcomed both him and his team of Tangerines into the arena last night.

Blackpool arrived in a rich vein of form and it was always likely that a good performance would be needed to halt them in their tracks. With Paul Hartley sidelined Cole Skuse was given a start whilst the ever reliable Louis Carey and Lewin Nyatanga returned at the back.

City started the game at pace and soon had Blackpool on the ropes. The opening twenty five minutes was probably the best spell of attacking football from the Robins all season although as chance after chance went begging the first half jinx syndrome looked like it would again be repeated. Skuse, Saborio and Elliot all had chances before Nicky Maynard inexplicably missed from a yard out after Saborio crossed.

Lee Johnson, who had a superb game, then fired into the Eastend after a great run before the deadlock was finally broken with Maynard executing a superb overhead kick to fire the Robins into the lead. Blackpool had been run ragged and their only effort of note in the opening period came when a Burgess header was tipped over by Adriano.

At last a half time lead. Then a quick substitution with the shaven headed Saborio being replaced by Danny Haynes. A second goal quickly followed as Haynes took advantage of a Maynard knock back to slam the ball home from just outside the box.  

Ashton gate erupted and the chants against the Blackpool boss increased in both frequency and intensity. The second goal in effect killed the game although the Lancastrians continued to run and run.

In his pre-match interview Holloway talked about Weston Beach, Banjos (a Bristolian term for a shovel) and Donkeys. His interviewer looked bemused. If his team talks consist of similar language it is little wonder the team he manages looked so disjointed.

Gary J said the team should be judged after ten games and we have had a decent start. Newcastle away now beckons and I can already hear the chants of “there here there every kin where empty seats empty seats”.

David Wilshire

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