Don't hammer Sam - Holloway
Ian Holloway feels continued talk about a contrast in styles between Blackpool and West Ham is not fair on Sam Allardyce.
Automatic promotion evaded West Ham the final day of the regular second as they finished two points shy of Southampton in second.
The Hammers scored 81 times on their way to 86 points - 12 more goals than champions Reading - but the perception remains of Allardyce sending out functional, direct sides focused on achieving set-piece domination.
Blackpool have won a host of admirers with a swashbuckling style that has brought them, like their opponents, to within one game of an instant return to the Barclays Premier League. But Holloway believes there has been a blunt simplification of Allardyce's methods.
"I think it's unfair on Sam," he said. "I think he's a fantastic manager. Basically, he's brilliant at the important things in the game. Sam can play any way, he can play any style. He's just very, very gifted at what he does. He knows what wins.
"You've only got to look at his record. I guarantee you Blackburn wouldn't have gone down if they hadn't got rid of him, no way. Sam knows it's a science and he does it as a science. And he can play any way you like. He could play more football than anybody if he wanted because he's that good."