Striker accuses Holloway of 'disrespect' towards Dons

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The MK Dons forward Lewis Guy has accused Blackpool of showing a lack of respect to the League One side.

The Dons defeated their Premier League opponents 4-3 after extra time in Tuesday night's Carling Cup second-round tie at stadium:mk, which the Seasiders' manager, Ian Holloway, chose to miss in favour of watching a transfer target elsewhere. Guy, who notched the winning goal in the 110th minute, described Holloway's absence as "very disrespectful" and also took issue with Blackpool's team selection, which featured 10 changes from the side which had been beaten at Arsenal on Saturday.

"They have changed the team, which is half disrespectful to ourselves, and I believe their manager did not even turn up to the game, which is very disrespectful," Guy said. "So I'm glad we got the win and we will see who we get in the next round."

Guy's strike settled a thrilling encounter, with the home side leading in the first minute through Sam Baldock before Brett Ormerod brought the visitors level after the break.

Jermaine Easter then scored twice in as many minutes before a free-kick from Ludovic Sylvestre gave Blackpool a lifeline. Ormerod also had two close-range efforts disallowed for offside before a late penalty from substitute Charlie Adam took the game into extra time.

Guy then sealed victory for the Dons in the second additional period and admitted afterwards that he had touched the ball with his hand in the build-up to the goal.

"I saw Jermaine Easter pull off and he's got good vision so I knew he would nod it into my path, which he has done," Guy said. "It kind of bounced up and hit me on the hand but those things happen, and I just carried on and put the ball in the net.

"I overheard the manager [Karl Robinson] say it is not good for himself or [assistant] John Gorman because they will give themselves heart attacks – maybe not the manager because he is only 29. But for the players it is always good to be involved in games like that."

Blackpool's assistant manager, Steve Thompson, was left deflated by the result, having sensed victory was on the cards after Adam's equaliser. "It was a disappointing way to start, we quickly fell 3-1 down and then managed to get it back to 3-3," Thompson said. "At that stage I thought there was only one team who would go on and win it, but it wasn't to be."

One positive note for Blackpool was the performance of youngster Tom Barkhuizen, who was handed a surprise start.

"Tom's come in after coming through the youth set-up and I thought he handled himself really well," Thompson said. "He's not the finished article by a long way, but I think once he's built up a bit of strength behind him then we've got ourselves a decent player."