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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway accepted his side's display in the 2-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday had been affected by his absent players' misdemeanours.

A furious Holloway made good on his promise to drop Barry Bannan, Neal Eardley and Ishmel Demontagnac for the visit to Hillsborough, but his mood had not been improved by his team's abject performance.

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He said: "It meant I had to bring in three people who aren't quite as well rehearsed as those three and we didn't look cohesive."

Holloway added: "We've also had our player of the season (Charlie Adam) suspended. Charlie's a big player for us and we missed him. We missed his energy, his belief and his ability."

When questioned about the ill-discipline of Bannan, Eardley and Demontagnac, Holloway said: "Do I have any regrets? I regret they went out at the wrong time.

"Two of them were injured anyway so they wouldn't have been playing. What do I regret? Leaving one of them off the trip while two of them were injured?

"No I don't, that's discipline. I did exactly the right thing. My job is to teach them how to be proper young human beings and respect their job and respect what other people think about their job and how much they pay to watch them.

"They should respect that by not going out drinking and dancing until that time in the morning when they're working the following day."

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