Holloway praise for McManaman
Ian Holloway thought Callum McManaman scored one of the best goals of the season against Reading, while Brian McDermott was disappointed.
Last Updated: 03/12/11 6:58pm
Blackpool boss Ian Holloway thought Callum McManaman scored one of the best goals of the season against Reading, while Brian McDermott was left disappointed with the referee in a 1-0 defeat.
McManaman, on loan from Premier League strugglers Wigan, secured the three points when he beat Adam Federici with a curling shot shortly after half-time.
Reading were aggrieved after Simon Church's first-half goal was disallowed for offside, while both sides also had reasonable penalty appeals turned down.
Blackpool felt Shaun Cummings had fouled McManaman, and Reading claimed Alex Pearce had been pushed in the area.
"I think the win is absolutely vital for us; the lads were a bit edgy at half-time and knew how good a team we were up against," said Holloway.
"Towards the end of the first half they thought they'd scored a goal, but I didn't think it was a free-kick to start with.
Done and dusted
"One of their blokes (Cummings) should've been sent off possibly when McManaman went through in the first half.
"I'm pleased that we still tried to move the ball and pass it and the more that the game went on, we looked like scoring.
"That goal alone was worth the entrance fee. How McManaman did that I don't know even know, he turned and dragged it back, he had no space to hit it in and slotted it in."
Reading boss McDermott was left dismayed after seeing Adam Le Fondre, Hal Robson-Kanu and Jimmy Kebe all go close for the Royals in the first half, in addition to Church's disallowed goal.
"It should have been done and dusted at half-time," he said. "The goal we scored was two to three yards onside and was the worst decision I've seen for many years from a linesman, unfortunately.
"I'm not sure there's any point (in talking to the referee). It would be nice if we could sit down and watch a video and talk through it.
"No malice or anything like that, I'd just like to ask the question and if they've made a mistake then put their hands up."