Leaving aside all the ranting of Wurzel Holloway, one question remains unanswered: were we cheated by Ollie Gummidge?
There's been a lot of fuss being made about the way he risked conceding the game at Villa, but that is not the point. The rule that Holloway undoubtedly broke is there to ensure that no team enjoys an advantage over any other because of a manager deliberately picking a weakened team.
But there is another side to this. Blackpool's game is based upon 100% commitment and they play at a frenetic pace. The question is, if the same 11 players had played for ninety minutes at that pace on Wednesday, could they have repeated it for 90 minutes 4 days later?
Our players had battled through a tough game on Wednesday, whilst the Blackpool Brickies had enjoyed a night off after a bracing day on the building site. Would they really have been able to compete for 90 minutes had Holloway stuck to the rules? Probably not.
Last season I called for Wolves to be deducted points after they pulled a similar trick, so I am not being inconsistent here. The rules were broken, plain and simple, and we suffered as a result.