Belfast Telegraph

Holloway: We look like we belong

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes his team are now playing as if they belong in the Barclays Premier League.

The Seasiders continued their excellent start to life in the top flight by holding Everton to a 2-2 draw at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon. The hosts twice led in a thrilling contest after goals from Welsh pair Neal Eardley and David Vaughan, and thought they had snatched a late winner when Marlon Harewood struck, only to be flagged offside.

Holloway said: "In general the biggest bugbear I have got is we didn't hold onto the lead long enough, but it is coming. I think the boys are playing so well. If we can keep doing that I think results will come our way. We are looking like a Barclays Premier League team. I thought we were terrific."

He added: "I was pretty excited about the way we played and we haven't played as well as we have done.

"We're at the top level and we're starting to look as good as some of the sides we are playing.

"We need to keep going, but considering what some of our boys are getting paid, it's absolutely remarkable."

Blackpool now have 14 from points from 11 games and Holloway thought they had two more when substitute Harewood struck in the last minute.

"I didn't hear the whistle and was celebrating what I thought was us scoring the winner," he said. "I danced down the steps, I didn't hear the whistle."

Holloway, however, having recently been fined for criticising a referee, refused to comment on the decision itself.

He said: "I'll have to watch it again, I haven't seen it. It is what he has given because he is the man in charge. I've learnt that, let's get on with it."


From Belfast Telegraph