Date: 11th January 2011 at 1:26am
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Cross Ian Holloway at your peril. We all saw and heard his reaction to the suggestions that he could be fined for fielding a weakened team against Aston Villa earlier this season in the Premier League, and now he has hit back at the people who have criticised him for doing the same against Southampton in the FA Cup at the weekend.

With a hectic January schedule, Ollie took the decision to rest the majority of his first team and play fringe and youth players against the Saints, the result being a 2-0 defeat.

Pundits such as Mark Bright and Craig Burley have criticised the decision saying that the Seasiders could gone on to win the competition, but Ollie says (quite rightly) that Premier League survival is his only priority:

‘Craig Burley’s gone off on one. Does he realise we had three games cancelled in December and two of them we have got to play in January, which is the busiest month anyway?

‘My lads are strapped to the front of the coach and having to gallop up a really tough hill.

‘That makes a huge difference to fitness and injury and all sorts of things. I couldn’t risk them or take them.

‘I took that risk and now we are all ready for Liverpool at home.’

Of course the true test of whether Ollie was right will come clear come May, but you can have your say on where the Seasiders will finish this season in our poll on our homepage.