Ian Holloway admits to being caught out


Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has admitted to being tactically out-thought by Alex McLeish, following his side's 2-0 reverse at Birmingham City.

Goals from Liam Ridgewell and Nikola Zigic gave the Blues their first win in seven league games, while the Seasiders are now just one point above the relegation places, having lost four of their last five games.

Holloway admitted:"I have learned a football lesson. We weren't prepared for what Birmingham did – the balance of their team was excellent and caused us some problems.

"I didn't know they were going to play that way and I didn't tell my team. They stopped our flowing movements and my lads didn't understand, I hadn't told them Birmingham could be doing that.

"Tactically we didn't tell them. It's not that I can't, course I can. I can coach anything. I wasn't anticipating them to do that.

"I want to play them tomorrow, when we play them again, we'll know they are capable of that.

"I shall have a right good go at my scouting set-up because no-one told me Birmingham play a 4-diamond-2. I've seen them play 4-4-1-1, but that really scuppered us."

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