Blackpool 1 West Ham 2: Holloway proud of Tangerines display

Blackpool's Ian Holloway insists he is proud of his side's display despite their last-gasp defeat by West Ham in the play-off final

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway Photo: Atilathehun, via Flickr

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Ian Holloway insisted he was proud of Blackpool’s display against West Ham in the Championship play-off final, despite his side being undone by Ricardo Vaz Te’s late winner at Wembley.

The Tangerines hauled themselves back into the game in the 48th minute when Tom Ince cancelled out Carlton Cole’s opener.

But Vaz Te was on hand to fire home in the 88th minute to seal the Hammers’ return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

“Well done to West Ham,” Holloway told Sky Sports.

“It looked like it was going to extra-time. I was very pleased with our performance overall.

“When they scored we lost our shape and belief and I asked them to do certain things at half-time. Like my lot, they went out there second half and put in a fantastic performance.

“I’m very proud of my players and my fans. Unfortunately we didn’t deliver.

“All you can do is congratulate the opponents. I thought we gave a great account of ourselves today.”

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