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Blackpool form does not shock boss Ian Holloway

Holloway never doubted Blackpool ability

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway said he is not shocked by his side's lofty Premier league position after seeing them beat Sunderland 2-0 to climb to eighth spot.

The Seasiders were widely tipped to be relegated this season but recorded their seventh league win of the campaign at the Stadium of Light.

Holloway said: "I knew how good we were and believe in what we're trying to do.

"It's not always about the best team winning it's about the people who finish off the chances."

DJ Campbell grabbed both goals to take his tally for the season to five and Holloway also had plenty of praise for his joint top-scorer.


"I've said all along that once we get to the speed of this league we have people who will take the chances we create and DJ proved that," Holloway continued.

"He got two out of four, a lot of people would have dropped their head after the first two in the first half but he made them with a couple of brilliant bits of skill.

"I said to him at half-time 'keep going' and when he believes he is as good as I think he is we'll have a player on our hands."

Although the cold weather meant Blackpool had not played since 11 December, they showed no signs of rustiness - although Holloway did admit they had more than their fair share of good fortune.

Players 'delighted' to be at Blackpool - Campbell

"It's nice to get playing again and nice to carry on in the vein we finished a couple of weeks ago against Stoke," he added.

"We had a brilliant result there, managed to ride our luck a bit and we probably did the same again with a bit of a smash-and-grab affair.

"But it's great for the lads; they are a fantastic bunch and I am very, very, very proud of them.

"Hopefully this will continue we don't want this bubble of enthusiasm and enjoyment to burst

"I am so proud of our fans. They have had some wonderful days with this famous club in the past and we are getting a few now. Hopefully we have earned that and long may it continue.

"We have the worst budget by a long, long margin but we are going to try to keep scoring and entertaining and hopefully we will get enough wins to survive in this division because it is fantastic - it's the best place to be."

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce was staggered by his side's failure to take one of the numerous chances they fashioned.

"I have never known or been involved in a game like that," he commented.

"The stats lads told me we had 33 attempts on their goal and something like 37 crosses into the penalty area and we haven't converted one chance.

Bruce 'puzzled' by fixture congestion

"We have probably had more chances in that game than we have had all season but we haven't taken one and when you don't take them you get punished and we have.

"It always lingers in the back of your mind 'is it going to be one of those days' but with the number of chance we created I thought it would be impossible that the longer it went on that we wouldn't take one.

"We created chance after chance but Blackpool picked us off and took the three points.

"The two lads who I have signed before - Richards Kingson and DJ Campbell - came back to haunt me.

"But I could not have asked anything more from my players. We have a w wonderful 2010 but unfortunately it ended with a defeat."

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28 Dec 10 |  Premier League
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