Tuesday 26 September 2017

Holloway purrs

STOKE CITY 0 BLACKPOOL 1

Ken Gaunt

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway spoke of his pride after his side secured their sixth Premier League win of the season.

Former Leicester striker DJ Campbell's third goal for the club in the 48th minute was enough to secure victory against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Blackpool have 22 points on the board already and are on course to retain their status following their surprise promotion to the top flight through the Championship play-offs.

Holloway admitted they are ahead of schedule and said: "Someone had us down for only 10 [points] after 38 games. Bit of a laughing stock we were going to be.

"I just want to keep going. Twenty-two points won't keep you safe. How many more do we need? Maybe more than 40 points.

"To come to a place that is so hard to win at, it was a fantastic display. We rode our luck, our keeper was exceptional. This is as good as we have been.''

The winner came about after a sweeping move involving Charlie Adam and Luke Varney, with Campbell finding the net with a deft finish.

Holloway has mixed up Blackpool's training schedule with bad weather hitting the north-west coast -- their home game with Manchester United was postponed last weekend -- and it paid dividends.

He said: "We have been in the casino, been in the gym and on the beach. We were there on Thursday. It was brilliant. You have got to adapt.

"We had a poker tournament and the lads were given £20 each to see who was the champion. Ian Evatt was the winner. He must have had a misspent youth."

The only downside for Holloway was that Adam picked up a yellow card and that will rule him out of the meeting with Tottenham a week tomorrow.

Sunday Independent

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