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Seasiders boss admits his side should have had a penalty

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway could incur the wrath of the FA after he said that referee Howard Webb had an awful game in their 2-2 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Webb gave a questionable penalty for Blackpool in the first half and then gave what looked like a soft free kick on the halfway line which allowed Rovers to have a free kick into the area at the end before their equaliser.

Despite admitting that he respects Webb, the Seasiders' manager admitted he wasn’t happy the referee’s performance.

“I think the referee had a bit of a stinker, was that a penalty? No. Great move, sharp, came off their defender then my centre forward fell over and there was contact but he’d already had a shot and I thought it was a corner for us but Mr Webb gave a penalty,” he told reporters.

“I said at the time I thought that was terrible but it shouldn’t be balanced out by two more bad decisions at the end, but it was unfortunately.

“At the end of the day I think the referee had a particularly poor game today. He is a good ref but he had a shocker for both teams.”

Despite the team losing a two-goal lead Holloway admitted he was proud of the way his team defended valiantly during the closing moments at Ewood Park.

He added: “I thought we showed great character after they scored and then the crowd were brilliant today.”

“But I thought everything they threw at us today we soaked up. A couple of times [Junior] Hoilett - well done to them for having him, he’s a terrific young player - had the ball and tried to cut it back but we always had people there to cut it out.

"I am disappointed we let two in but it’s a point and it could be crucial come the end of the season and I felt we deserved much more than that for the way my lads played. I’m very proud of my players."