Ian Holloway's laughing but his slick Blackpool are no joke after Stoke win

13 December 2010 12:53
All smiles: Holloway celebrates as DJ Campbell scores

Ian Holloway thought he looked resplendent, until a fan pointed at his grey overcoat with black felt lapels and bellowed: 'You look like an undertaker.'

If it was meant to ruffle Blackpool's irrepressible boss, it failed dismally. With a look of mock indignation, he said: 'Cut me to the core, it did. I think I look quite smart, and I'm going to carry on wearing it.'

Holloway can see the funny side more often than not, but he draws the line at the way his side were supposed to be dead and buried before a ball had been kicked.

'That did hurt,' he said, after seeing Blackpool's slick passing rewarded with a 48th-minute winner from DJ Campbell at Stoke on Saturday. 'It hurt me and the players to see some people predicting we'd be the worst team in Premier League history.

'Someone had us down for 10 points. Bit of a laughing stock. We have used that as a motivation to help keep us going. We are still light years away from securing our place in this division, but I am so proud of the way these players have responded to being disrespected like that. They have already doubled the lowest points total, and I am delighted for them.'

Back of the net: DJ Campbell scored the only goal of the game in Blackpool's win

Stoke manager Tony Pulis claimed Blackpool were 'playing roulette football, throwing the dice and hoping it falls for them.'

Little did he realise a visit to the casino had figured in a build-up that also recreated the days of Sir Stanley Matthews, who was remembered before kick-off for his service to both clubs.

'We had to train on the beach, due to the weather, but it was fitting, because he used to run there every morning,' said Holloway.

'I marked out the pitch using my heel. It looked like I had a terrible limp, dragging one leg behind me like something out of The Terminator. You have to adapt.

'We had a day at a local casino on Tuesday to see who was the poker champion. Those who didn't know how to play had a lesson, but it didn't work for everyone. Our keeper fell asleep - I don't think he likes cards.'

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Source: Daily_Mail