Ian Holloway critical of Blackpool’s first-half display


Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was disappointed with his side's first-half display as they crashed 4-0 at Premier League holders Chelsea.

The rampant Blues went ahead inside two minutes at Stamford Bridge as Salomon Kalou stabbed home from close range and Florent Malouda guided in Didier Drogba's centre soon after.

Drogba got his name on the scoresheet as his deflected effort wrong-footed Matt Gilks in the Seasiders' goal and another fine strike from Malouda added gloss to a sterling opening 45 minute display.

Carlo Ancelotti's team couldn't add to their tally in the second period and, although Holloway was pleased with the response, he was unhappy with the manner of their early capitulation.

"I thought we were absolutely useless first half, but they showed a champion's mentality from the first corner," said Holloway.

"And all our game plan went out the window after a minute or so. I was much happier with the second half but they took the foot off the gas.

"We drew the second half and created a couple of chances but it was all about pride then, it was too late.

"We're all very proud people here and I thought we would have given them a much better game than that but sometimes you have to say how good they are."

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