Ian Holloway: We must learn the lessons


Blackpool boss Ian Holloway is eager to learn the lessons of his side's 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

The Seasiders started life in the top-flight with a 4-0 win at Wigan Athletic, but crashed back down to earth in north London, being torn apart after Ian Evatt was sent off with the visitors just one goal behind.

Holloway told the club's official website:"It's a harsh lesson, isn't it? I thought some of their football was scintillating. That's how it should be played, on the grass. It hardly came off the grass.

"There's plenty of evidence for me to work on and plenty more things to do. We've got to pick ourselves up and get back to the training ground. I just think we were a little bit overawed by how quick they were.

"What I will say is that there were a lot of things that were wrong with the unit today. I don't expect us to be a unit yet. I haven't had near enough of a chance to work with the lads that I've got in a defensive structure.

"Last year we weren't that good defensively, but we outscored people.

"We've got to get enough points to stay up, that's all that matters. Did I expect to beat these? It would have been nice if we could, but not really. Let's get on with it.

"We'll go back to work and see if we can emulate what they're trying to do, because it's beautiful to watch."

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