Crystal Palace boss Holloway hits out at Blackpool goal celebrations

The Bristol-born 49-year-old has described the tension between the Crystal Palace dugout and his former side's during the 2-2 draw between the two Championship teams

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has struck out at former club Blackpool following a controversial goal celebration from the visitors' bench during their 2-2 draw at Selhurst Park.

A last-minute Nouha Dicko strike ensured a point for Michael Appleton’s Seasiders, but emotions flared late on with Holloway even going as far as to call the atmosphere between dug outs as "a war".

"They were delighted at the end [when they scored the equalizer] but I didn’t like the reaction off one of the men on their bench.” Holloway told London 24.

"One of the new fellas looked straight at me when they equalised. He didn’t stare me out - no one can stare me out.

"I know Michael [Blackpool boss] 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’s a war out there and I carried my shield very proud."

Appleton has since dismissed the comments from his opposite number and Blackpool predecessor, claiming that Holloway’s statement was made with the intent of being humorous rather than a genuine complaint.

"I think maybe Ian was being a little bit tongue-in-cheek," Appleton added.

"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?"