Blackpool Boss Ian Holloway Incensed With Referee Phil Dowd: Seasiders Boss Spot On

Bloomfield Road manager very unhappy with poor decisions and not afraid to let those who are to blame know exactly how he feels.

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The Seasiders boss was distraught that referee Phil Dowd ruled out a goal from Taylor-Fletcher, which would have put Blackpool 1-0 in front, as it was seemingly adjudged that Elliot Grandin interfered with play in an offside position.

Holloway was also less than impressed that Tevez was allowed to open the scoring from what Blackpool claimed was an offside position, before Silva appeared to foul Ian Evatt immediately prior to City’s second goal.

Speaking to Sky Sports 1 after the match, Holloway admitted he finds it difficult to respect the Football Association’s Respect campaign if it does not work in a two-way format.

He said: “They talk about respect, they have got to get those (the decisions) right.

“Three goals. Our goal, Elliot Grandin was offside, but it went to Taylor-Fletcher and he scored.

“Their goal, Tevez was offside with the back-heel, I’ve just seen it all. He was offside and came across him and actually scored when he was offside.

“The second was a foul on my defender, absolutely blatant and I’m supposed to stand here and say I respect everything they do and everything they say.

“Well, I’m sorry, I just saw all of that on the television, heartbreaking.”

Asked if he had spoken to referee Dowd, Holloway said: “No, not yet. I’m waiting 30 minutes.

“I think he has got three massive decisions wrong, which cost my team having played so well against one of the so-called big teams who have just gone second.

“We could have been one point behind them today if things had gone our way, as they clearly should have done.”

He added: “I’m probably the smallest manager of the smallest team in the Premiership and we are getting absolutely Bo Diddley squat week-in, week-out.

“But there you go, such is life.” (Sky Sports)

When people talk about Ian Holloway it is on more often than not in relation to his eccentric manner and people do on occasion forget that a) he is one of the best English managers in the game and b) he often hits the nail on the head repeatedly with his views on the game.

Yesterday Blackpool did not get the rub of the green and deserved to get something from a game they dominated for long spells. The fact they did not get at least a draw from their match with Manchester City is partly to do with their front men not finishing as they should have and partly due to poor refereeing.

Phil Dowd got a number of decisions wrong, as did his assistants. Perhaps this is because they had a bad game or maybe there is an underlying issue at work that sees so called ‘lesser’ teams finding it hard to have decisions go there way. Either way Holloway has a point about respect being a two way thing and one can only hope that the Tangerines boss does find himself in more hot water over totally correct remarks he has made that may well cause a certain amount of embarrassment to those involved.

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