Holloway proud of Pool in defeat

The Seasiders, who began the year in the top half of the table were sunk by a first-half Adam Johnson goal at Eastlands.

"We threw just about everything we had at them, which I wasn't sure we were going to do in the first half," manager Ian Holloway said.

"We looked a bit hesitant early on, and we don't normally look like that, but maybe it was a hangover from the other times we've played away against one of the top teams and got a bit of a pasting.

"I think putting Matty Phillips on at half-time gave us some hope and some belief because he's not scared of anything.

"He ran with it and turned someone inside out who got taken off straight away. Then he did it to the new bloke and I wondered if they had any more left-backs."

Barrow snap up Blackpools Almond

Barrow have signed Blackpool striker Louis Almond on a month-long loan deal.The Bluebirds signed the 18-year-old in time to make his debut as a 67th-minute substitute during Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southport.

Almond, who will turn 19 on Wednesday, had a loan spell at Cheltenham last season and has made one substitute appearance for his parent club.

Meanwhile, Barrow have loaned out striker Mark Boyd to Droylsden for a month, with a view to a permanent deal.