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Holloway: A Terrific Second Half

5 October 2013

Ian Holloway was left disappointed with the way that his side conceded goals in the first half but took a lot of encouragement from the way the lads battled back to win the second half. 

"I think missing the odd opportunity on the break early in the first half was important, that happens when you are short of a bit of confidence like we are at the moment. We are also being punished for any mistake we are making at the moment. The first goal conceded we got our shape wrong and that cost us, the second one was self inflicted, I don't think my centre half should try and win that one and that spell of the game was our best of the first half. If you don't take your chances at this level it can be pretty unforgiving."

At half time a late first half penalty saw the margin extended and on a second view of the penalty post match the boss felt the decision had gone against his side.  

"We went in 3-0 down at the break through a penalty with a decision that I thought the referee got wrong. I think it was outside the box and not a foul but others can judge for themselves when they take a look at it again. 

"There was much more interference on Jimmy Kebe on an attack at the other end than on their player that gave them the decision."

The visitors came out for the second period and took the half with a Dwight Gayle header and the boss felt forty five minutes will be beneficial for his squad. 

"The character we showed second half was terrific, maybe Liverpool took their foot of the gas but we won the second half 1-0 and I think on the balance of play overall the scoreline was harsh on us. 

"Well done to them as they go top of the league but we must move on and take a lot from our second half performance, a lot of clubs would have capitulated but not us.

"I think my players will get better and the character of the team will improve, already this week I have had a hammer blow by losing KG, Danny Gabbidon and Jonny Parr but you haven't heard me complaining. We all saw today though how this group puts these problems behind them and gets on with the job."

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