Holloway humble after `harsh' result

Sat, 19 May 19:18:29 2012

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway was left counting the cost of missing out on promotion as West Ham sealed their return to the Barclays Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Wembley.

Carlton Cole put the Hammers ahead in the npower Championship play-off final with Thomas Ince levelling the tie with a carbon copy effort.

But Ricardo Vaz Te's dramatic late strike secured victory for the east Londoners and condemned the Seasiders to another season in the second tier.

Holloway said: "The players certainly did me proud. Some things in life are harsh and it certainly feels that way at the moment.

"They scored with their first chance and we had a couple better than that.

"It was on a knife edge, it's the spin of a coin and it's dropped their way so well done, good luck to them, we'll dust ourselves down and start again."


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