Campbell scored twice to help Blackpool to a vital win
By Phil Dawkes
Blackpool boosted their survival hopes with victory in a truly superb, see-saw match with North West rivals Bolton.
Kevin Davies fired the visitors ahead but this was quickly overturned by DJ Campbell's neat finish and Jason Puncheon's curling 18-yard shot.
Matt Taylor's angled drive levelled the scores again only for Campbell to side-foot his team ahead before half time.
Daniel Sturridge headed Bolton's second equaliser of the game but Charlie Adam's lashed finish proved decisive.
As a result of Wolves' 3-1 win at Sunderland on Saturday, Blackpool remain in the bottom three with 39 points, but with four teams above them theoretically catchable they remain in the fight heading into their final fixture away at Manchester United next weekend.
If Blackpool do ultimately drop out of the top flight, they can leave with their heads held high. This match encapsulated all of the reasons why.
Ian Holloway's side have modelled their approach on attacking football, regardless of the opponent. It is a philosophy that makes them a major threat at one end but vulnerable at the other.
This game - one of the finest of this, or indeed any Premier League season - was a testimony to Holloway's style, for better and worse, and the victory a reward for his players' dedication to it.
We will fight to the end - Holloway
This is not to discount the contribution of Owen Coyle's men, who crafted three superb goals themselves and competed throughout despite having relatively little to play for at the end of what has already been a successful season for them.
From the very first whistle, the home side were on the front foot. However, after charging forward for the first five minutes, they were behind in the sixth.
Paul Robinson lofted a free-kick into the box from the left touchline and when Alex Baptiste slipped in attempting to clear, Davies was on hand to fire the ball past Matt Gilks from 10 yards.
The setback did not knock the home side out of their stride though and almost immediately they were level. Gary Taylor-Fletcher's head-on found Campbell and the striker muscled himself goalside of Gretar Steinsson before expertly side-footing the ball while unbalanced past Jussi Jaaskelainen.
With Bloomfield Road erupting around him, the Blackpool boss pointed to his temple and called for calm. It was a vain plea.
Passions were spilling over, most noticeably in a shoving match between the majority of the players on the pitch after a coming together between Taylor-Fletcher and Bolton's Zat Knight, which saw both booked.
Holloway's side continued to pile forward, perhaps recklessly, but more often than not it was effective.
The visitors were given a let off when their defender Robinson's header from an Adam corner struck the underside of his own bar and bounced clear.
But the home side would not be denied and after Taylor-Fletcher was initially denied a shooting chance, the ball fell to Puncheon, who curled a superb shot into the bottom corner from 18 yards.
Calm was again the order of the day for the home side but once more they failed to deliver as Bolton struck back five minutes later through Taylor's long-range angled shot into the bottom corner.
Coyle deflated by defensive display
Bolton had two subsequent chances to take the lead but a mixture of Gilks and the woodwork denied them.
Firstly, Taylor unleashed Sturridge on goal but Gilks was quick off his line to close space and block the striker's shot and then, moments later, Davies attempted a superb curling shot with the outside of his boot that beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar.
It was then Blackpool who held a half-time lead when Adam's cross from the left found Campbell in space in the box to side-foot past Jaaskelainen.
It was perhaps greedy to expect the second 45 minutes to match the first, and while it failed to do so, it came close.
Again chances were plentiful but only two of them were taken.
The first saw the visitors pull themselves level once again when Davies fed in Chung-Yong Lee, who skipped past Gilks before crossing for Sturridge to head in from point-blank range.
The second resulted in Blackpool grasping the mantel once more, this time decisively.
Adam poured forward and found Taylor-Fletcher, who held the ball up on the edge of the area before returning the ball to his captain to lash into the roof of the net from 15 yards, sending the home fans into raptures.
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