Used and Abused
Despite having already cast doubt over the size and quality of Blackpool’s squad like a spurned ex-lover, even I was surprised to see that Ian Holloway had stooped to bring in lower league merchants Mark Hudson and Adam Nowland on short-term deals earlier this week. Speaking ahead of the ‘pool’s League Cup tie at Crewe, Holloway said of the midfield duo: “Hopefully they’ll show some freshness and emergency as they want a job.” And a job, the emphasis being on the singular, was what they got. Today, just three days after both played 90 minutes in a 2-1 win, with Nowland scoring on his return to the club, Holloway announced that he’d seen enough. Having been clearly exploited for their free-agency to make up the numbers in a no-frills Mickey Mouse Cup game, both of these subbies will no doubt return from whence they came. It’s just a shame that no one had the heart to tell Nowland the plan.