Ian Holloway defends his corner again

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has asked the Football Association to prove the team he selected to face Aston Villa recently was weakened.

The Seasiders' eccentric head coach made ten changes from the side that drew 2-2 with Everton on Novemer 6 for the last-gasp 3-2 setback at Villa Park four days later.

On Saturday he then changed his entire team again as they were held to a goalless stalemate at West Ham United, raising further eyebrows at the FA headquarters.

But Holloway has once more reacted furiously to the allegations that he intentionally named an under-strength outfit.

"I can explain every single decision I made and I can show them the facts," he said.

"I would like them to try to prove to me how that is a weakened team. We picked a team to win and we lost 3-2 with the last kick of the game – I was absolutely devastated.

"The only stat that did not help was the fact we lost 3-2. The stats everywhere else suggest we more than had a good shout at this game. How dare anyone tell me that is my second string.

"If I had played Charlie Adam, I totally believe no-one would have asked me a question.

"It was the fact Charlie was missing, purely and simply, everyone thought, 'Why is he leaving his best player out? He is the only player they have got'. But how dare any of you even think that."

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