Tuesday 24 October 2017

Liverpool's Adam bid 'disgraceful' says Holloway

Blackpool 1 Sunderland 2

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway rounded on Liverpool last night after describing their bid for midfielder Charlie Adam -- believed to be around £4m -- as "disgraceful".

Holloway confirmed Kenny Dalglish was keen to take the midfielder, who scored from the penalty spot in this 2-1 defeat by Sunderland, to Anfield. The Blackpool boss said there had also been bids for the Scot from Aston Villa and Birmingham but both had been rejected.

"I was thinking 'Liverpool and Charlie, fantastic, what a great club for him to go to' and then when I heard the bid I thought it was disgraceful," said Holloway.

"I don't think it was Kenny that put that offer in. Mr [Damien] Comolli [Liverpool's director of football strategy] should look at what is going on and get realistic. What they offered is about the price Charlie would have been worth when Kenny was last playing. Is it a destabilising tactic from the three clubs, Birmingham, Aston Villa and now Liverpool? I don't know.

"Maybe I am the only one who can see what his value might be. It is all right admiring something. I like my neighbour's car but if I don't pay the right amount of money for it I ain't going to get it. They had better start by putting a figure one in front of the complete rubbish they have been offering so far."

In yesterday's game Adam again scored from the penalty spot, with five minutes remaining, after David Vaughan had been nudged by Titus Bramble. But it was not enough following the departure of goalkeeper Richard Kingson and Stephen Crainey through injury in the second half.

Sunderland overcame striker Darren Bent's move to Aston Villa with a narrow victory thanks to two first half goals from Kieran Richardson. He scored his first in the 15th minute with a cool finish after being released by Asamoah Gyan, before extending Sunderland's lead 20 minutes later with an effort which beat Kingson at his near post.

Manager Steve Bruce was pleased with the way his team responded in the wake of Bent's departure and confirmed they were in discussions with Stoke about Ricardo Fuller. "The one thing I have learned about the squad at the minute is that in adversity they will always respond. The derby springs to mind and after what happened this week they could have felt sorry for themselves," said Bruce.

"But all credit to them. They have produced one of our better performances away from home. Kieran was certainly the outstanding player on the pitch in the first half, the electric pace he had coming from deep. He has been terrific all season. Both goals were good finishes and we know he is capable of doing that."

Meanwhile, Bruce refused to respond to Villa manager Gerard Houllier's comment that he was an easy target as he was French after the fall-out from Bent's departure. "All I questioned was that I expected someone like Gerard Houllier to give me a phone call. It was not a blast," said Bruce. "The other thing about Darren Bent, and I will stick to it, was that we were all disappointed at the timing. It is time to draw a line under it and say let's all move on and be big boys about the situation."

Richardson's first goals of the season could not have come at a better time for manager Bruce as his attacking options were limited.

His goals put Sunderland in the driving seat in the first half but they were also grateful to goalkeeper Craig Gordon, who made three magnificent saves in that period.

Sunderland made the breakthrough after a quarter of an hour following a swift counter-attack. Gyan released Richardson with a delightful through ball and he swept a shot into the net for his first goal this season. Blackpool then broke out of their shell and Gordon made two superb saves in the space of two minutes. He turned away a close-range shot from Luke Varney in the 28th minute after he was set up by the influential Adam.

The Black Cats extended their lead in the 35th minute with Richardson's second -- he showed good movement to get on the end of a pass from Malbranque and his effort beat Kingson at the goalkeeper's near post. Blackpool eventually pulled a goal back in the 85th minute with Adam converting from the penalty spot after Vaughan was nudged by Bramble. However, it was too little too late.

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