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Houllier was wary of weakened Tangerines

11 Nov 2010 08:00:14

Houllier was wary of weakened Tangerines

Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier admitted he was worried when he saw Blackpool's team because of his previous experiences of fielding much-changed sides and facing them.Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has said he will resign if the Premier League punish the club for fielding a weakened team in the 3-2 defeat at Villa Park.Holloway made 10 changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Everton at the weekend for the clash at Villa Park, with only Keith Southern retaining his place, and the visitors were within a minute of getting a point before James Collins' late winner.Houllier, whose side ended a run of five league games without a win, said: "When I saw their team line-up I was extremely worried because it happened to me twice. Once I had to do it myself for a cup game and we won and it happened also when I was at Liverpool and Sunderland came with a depleted team and they won."The team you are going to play have nothing to lose, they throw everything at you. We were a bit anxious, a bit nervous because we needed the points."The first half I would say was dreadful but the second half we were better. We took more responsibility to attack, created more chances and played a more exciting game."


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