Crystal Palace 2 Blackpool 2: Holloway in a rage over Dicko's late equaliser
17:34 GMT, 8 December 2012
21:09 GMT, 8 December 2012
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hit out at the reaction of the Blackpool bench after Nouha Dicko's last-minute goal ensured his old club a dramatic draw.
Holloway left Blackpool only five weeks ago to take charge at promotion-chasing Palace, and his new side appeared on course for the win when Glenn Murray and Owen Garvan overturned Nathan Delfouneso's first-half opener.
Last gasp: Nouha Dicko celebrates the equaliser for Blackpool
Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake (Moritz 56), Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Bolasie (Moxey 90), Jedinak, Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Wilbraham, Easter, O'Keefe, Gabbidon.
Yellow cards: Bolasie, Blake, Jedinak.
Scorers: Garvan 52, Murray 64.
Blackpool: Gilks, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Cathcart, Crainey, Martinez (Sylvestre 73), Gomes (Dicko 73), Osbourne, Ince, Thomas, Delfouneso (Kevin Phillips 88). Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Eccleston.
Yellow cards: Martinez, Crainey, Cathcart, Baptiste, Dicko.
Scorers: Delfouneso 37, Dicko 89.
Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)
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But Dicko came off the bench to
equalise, prompting celebrations in the dug-out that Holloway believes
went too far in the case of one of Michael Appleton's backroom staff.
The Palace manager said: 'They were
delighted at the end, but I didn't like the reaction of one of the men
on their bench. One of the new fellas looked straight at me when they
equalised. It's a war out there, and I carried my shield very proudly.
'He didn't stare me out. No one can
stare me out. I know Michael wouldn't have done something like that,
he's got more about him than that. But I didn't look round at them when
we scored, did I
'It was not easy to play down the
emotion. I was at Blackpool a long time and had great times. But you
have to move on. I heard them singing “What's the score” to me when
they were winning, but that wasn't happening when we were 2-1 up!'
Blackpool boss Appleton, now unbeaten in six games since succeeding Holloway, dismissed his opposite number's concern.
Levelling up: Owen Garvan scores for Crystal Palace
He said: 'I was probably celebrating when the goal went in.
'But you're talking about looking at
people. What are we supposed to do, keep our heads down I think maybe
Ian was being a little bit tongue in cheek.'
Delfouneso headed Blackpool ahead in
the 17th minute from Tom Ince's cross and the vistors reached the
half-time interval on top.
Opening salvo: Nathan Delfouneso celebrates scoring Blackpool's first goal
But Palace responded strongly after
the break, levelling in the 53rd minute when Garvan headed home from
Yannick Bolasie's cross before Murray headed his 18th league goal of the
season in the 65th minute.
The home side appeared on course for
victory until Wes Thomas' low cross was turned home by Dicko, and
Appleton believes his side deserved a draw.
Heading in: Owen Garvin scores for Crystal Palace
He added: 'I'm sure some players get
themselves up for different games – former managers or clubs – and I
thought we dealt with them reasonably well. I would have been
desperately disappointed not to take anything out of the game after
having played so well in the first half.
'I knew they would improve in the second half, and it was difficult for 10 or 15 minutes in the second half.
'But just before we got an
equaliser, you could see a bit of momentum building. And once we got
that, I thought we could have gone on and got the winner.'