Ian Holloway denies talk of Blackpool bust-up


Blackpool boss Ian Holloway has dismissed suggestions of a dressing room bust-up at Chelsea.

The Seasiders were 4-0 down midway through last Sunday's Premier League defeat at Stamford Bridge following a first-half horror show.

They stemmed the tide in the second half but post-match reports suggested that several players had been involved in arguments at half-time.

Explaining the situation, Holloway admitted that he and several players were involved in heated discussions in the Stamford Bridge dressing room.

However, he has denied reports of a bust-up, saying:"Their egos were smarting. They didn't want to produce a first half like that but unfortunately they could do nothing to stop what Chelsea did to us.

"They had listened to me and it didn't go well so they thought they could say some things themselves. I soon put that right.

"I've got a proud group of lads who were smarting a bit. I had to shut them up and crack the whip a bit.

"For the second half I managed to calm them down, talk about what I felt, change the tactics and it worked, to some extent.

"I had to hold my hand up and I took full blame because I told them to do something that didn't work at all.

"I haven't seen that before or had to make allowances to track full-backs before and I will never do that again."

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