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Blackpool   4 - 3   Bolton

DJ Campbell
Campbell scored twice to help Blackpool to a vital win

By Phil Dawkes
BBC Sport

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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Saturday, 14 May 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 4-3 Bolton FT
(HT 3-2)
  • Campbell 9
  • Puncheon 19
  • Campbell 45
  • Adam 63
  • Davies 6
  • Taylor 24
  • Sturridge 53

Blackpool

Substitutes

Bolton

Substitutes

Ref: MarrinerAtt: 15,979
BLACKPOOL
BOLTON

Possession

  • Blackpool 49%
  • Bolton 51%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 8
  • Bolton 9

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 4
  • Bolton 8

Corners

  • Blackpool 5
  • Bolton 6

Fouls

  • Blackpool 16
  • Bolton 12
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:25 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+1:55 The ball is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, Effort on goal by Tamir Cohen from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 90:00+0:57 Shot from just outside the penalty area by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.
  • 90:00+0:47 Chung-Yong Lee produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 89:14 James Beattie concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Paul Robinson crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 89:02 The ball is crossed by Rodrigo Moreno, clearance by Craig Cathcart.
  • 88:21 Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 88:21 Booking Paul Robinson is cautioned by the ref for dissent.
  • 88:04 Foul by Paul Robinson on Keith Southern, free kick awarded.
  • 87:03 Substitution Craig Cathcart is brought on as a substitute for Charlie Adam.
  • 86:29 Charlie Adam takes the inswinging corner, clearance by Tamir Cohen.
  • 85:15 Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam.
  • 85:15 Booking Gary Cahill receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 85:08 Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Gary Cahill results in a free kick.
  • 84:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by James Beattie. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 83:19 The ball is delivered by Daniel Sturridge, Alex Baptiste gets a block in.
  • 82:27 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 82:27 Substitution Rodrigo Moreno on for Kevin Davies.
  • 82:27 The referee blows for offside.
  • 81:17 Substitution Brett Ormerod comes on in place of Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 80:57 Substitution James Beattie replaces Jason Puncheon.
  • 79:48 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan.
  • 78:14 Ivan Klasnic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • 76:53 Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 76:53 Substitution Ivan Klasnic is brought on as a substitute for Ricardo Gardner.
  • 76:53 The assistant referee signals for offside against Matthew Taylor.
  • 76:21 Unfair challenge on Gary Cahill by Jason Puncheon results in a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 75:13 The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Puncheon. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 74:11 The ball is crossed by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 71:23 Dudley Campbell produces a cross, blocked by Zat Knight.
  • 70:32 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor, Keith Southern manages to make a clearance.
  • 69:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick crossed by Matthew Taylor, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
  • 68:50 A cross is delivered by Kevin Davies, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
  • 68:11 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
  • 67:21 Foul by Kevin Davies on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 67:07 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 66:04 Inswinging corner taken by Matthew Taylor, Charlie Adam manages to make a clearance.
  • 65:42 The ball is sent over by Matthew Taylor, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 65:30 The ball is swung over by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
  • 65:03 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
  • 64:48 Gary Cahill takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
  • 64:24 Corner taken left-footed by Matthew Taylor.
  • 64:16 The ball is crossed by Kevin Davies, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 63:57 Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 62:32 The assist for the goal came from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 62:32 GOAL - Charlie AdamBlackpool 4 - 3 Bolton Charlie Adam gets on the score sheet with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 4-3 Bolton.
  • 62:12 Ricardo Gardner takes a shot. Keith Southern gets a block in.
  • 61:05 Paul Robinson produces a cross, Ian Evatt makes a clearance. Chung-Yong Lee delivers the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 58:44 Kevin Davies sends in a cross.
  • 57:11 Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 56:19 Kevin Davies produces a cross.
  • 55:21 The ball is delivered by Gretar Rafn Steinsson, blocked by Stephen Crainey.
  • 54:13 Inswinging corner taken by Chung-Yong Lee from the left by-line, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 53:17 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Gretar Rafn Steinsson. Matthew Taylor delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 53:07 Chung-Yong Lee crosses the ball, David Vaughan makes a clearance.
  • 52:13 The assist for the goal came from Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 52:13 GOAL - Daniel SturridgeBlackpool 3 - 3 Bolton Daniel Sturridge finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close range. Blackpool 3-3 Bolton.
  • 51:08 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam to the near post, clearance made by Tamir Cohen.
  • 51:02 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 50:13 Unfair challenge on Neal Eardley by Matthew Taylor results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 48:59 Strike comes in from Matthew Taylor from the free kick.
  • 48:59 Substitution Tamir Cohen on for Fabrice Muamba.
  • 48:59 Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary Cahill.
  • 48:37 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Chung-Yong Lee, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.
  • 48:12 A cross is delivered by Chung-Yong Lee, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 47:05 Gary Taylor-Fletcher is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:25 The referee calls an end to the first half.
  • 45:00+2:50 Shot from just outside the area by David Vaughan goes over the bar.
  • 45:00+2:44 Charlie Adam takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 45:00+1:54 Centre by Neal Eardley, Gary Cahill manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:00+1:31 Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 45:00+1:31 Booking Kevin Davies receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 45:00+1:27 Kevin Davies is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick.
  • 45:00+1:05 David Vaughan takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 44:38 Assist on the goal came from Charlie Adam.
  • 44:38 GOAL - Dudley CampbellBlackpool 3 - 2 Bolton Dudley Campbell grabs a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 3-2 Bolton.
  • 44:36 Charlie Adam delivers the ball,
  • 43:06 Gary Taylor-Fletcher produces a cross.
  • 42:20 Jason Puncheon sends in a cross, Ricardo Gardner makes a clearance.
  • 41:56 Kevin Davies challenges Stephen Crainey unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 40:45 The ball is delivered by Jason Puncheon, Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Jussi Jaaskelainen makes a save.
  • 39:45 Kevin Davies takes a shot.
  • 39:28 Alex Baptiste sends in a cross.
  • 39:19 The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley.
  • 38:28 Neal Eardley crosses the ball, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 37:34 Ian Evatt fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:01 The ball is swung over by Matthew Taylor.
  • 35:33 Centre by Jason Puncheon.
  • 35:09 The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 34:13 Centre by Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 33:27 Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the free kick.
  • 33:27 Booking Gary Taylor-Fletcher shown a yellow card.
  • 32:33 Booking Booking for Zat Knight for unsporting behaviour.
  • 30:59 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Zat Knight by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 30:45 Foul by Kevin Davies on Alex Baptiste, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 29:58 Gary Taylor-Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Robinson. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 29:11 Matthew Taylor produces a cross.
  • 28:34 The ball is crossed by Dudley Campbell, save by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 27:59 Alex Baptiste produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses right.
  • 27:52 The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Matthew Taylor.
  • 27:33 Jason Puncheon takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Cahill.
  • Correction - 26:59 Shot by Matthew Taylor from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
  • 26:59 Shot from just outside the box by Kevin Davies goes over the target.
  • 26:33 Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 24:59 Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Alex Baptiste results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Matthew Taylor.
  • 24:29 Keith Southern concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabrice Muamba. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:32 Ricardo Gardner provided the assist for the goal.
  • 23:32 GOAL - Matthew TaylorBlackpool 2 - 2 Bolton A goal is scored by Matthew Taylor from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-2 Bolton.
  • 23:00 The offside flag is raised against Jason Puncheon. Free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 21:15 Matthew Taylor takes a shot. Blocked by Keith Southern.
  • 20:44 Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 20:44 Booking Booking for Keith Southern.
  • 20:25 Keith Southern gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chung-Yong Lee.
  • 18:23 Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.
  • 18:23 GOAL - Jason PuncheonBlackpool 2 - 1 Bolton Jason Puncheon fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 Bolton.
  • 17:21 Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Gretar Rafn Steinsson manages to make a clearance.
  • 16:53 Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner to the near post, Dudley Campbell takes a shot.
  • Correction - 16:23 A cross is delivered by Jason Puncheon, blocked by Gretar Rafn Steinsson.
  • 16:23 Jason Puncheon sends in a cross, Gary Cahill gets a block in.
  • 13:54 Alex Baptiste fouled by Kevin Davies, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 13:19 Jason Puncheon is ruled offside. Jussi Jaaskelainen takes the indirect free kick.
  • 12:19 Unfair challenge on Ricardo Gardner by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 12:12 The ball is swung over by Kevin Davies, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 11:17 Gary Cahill challenges Charlie Adam unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 10:00 The official flags Matthew Taylor offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 8:52 Assist by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 8:52 GOAL - Dudley CampbellBlackpool 1 - 1 Bolton Dudley Campbell finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Bolton.
  • 8:32 Shot from just outside the box by Daniel Sturridge misses to the left of the target.
  • Correction - 7:24 Stephen Crainey challenges Daniel Sturridge unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Daniel Sturridge from the free kick.
  • 7:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Stephen Crainey. Shot on goal comes in from Daniel Sturridge from the free kick.
  • 6:42 Stephen Crainey challenges Chung-Yong Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:35 GOAL - Kevin DaviesBlackpool 0 - 1 Bolton Kevin Davies scores a goal from inside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Bolton.
  • 5:08 Keith Southern challenges Kevin Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is sent over by Paul Robinson,
  • 4:15 Kevin Davies concedes a free kick for a foul on Keith Southern. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 3:46 Foul by Jason Puncheon on Paul Robinson, free kick awarded. Jussi Jaaskelainen restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:41 Centre by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Zat Knight.
  • 3:29 A cross is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance by Gary Cahill.
  • 2:51 The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Baptiste. Indirect free kick taken by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
  • 2:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gretar Rafn Steinsson on Dudley Campbell. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
  • 1:39 Chung-Yong Lee gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 1:28 The ball is sent over by Daniel Sturridge, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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14 May 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 14 May 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 37 39 77
2 Chelsea 36 37 70
3 Arsenal 36 30 67
4 Man City 36 22 65
5 Liverpool 36 18 58
6 Tottenham 36 6 56
7 Everton 37 5 51
8 Stoke 36 2 46
9 Bolton 37 -2 46
10 West Brom 37 -15 46
11 Fulham 36 4 45
12 Newcastle 36 -1 44
13 Sunderland 37 -14 44
14 Aston Villa 36 -13 42
15 Blackburn 37 -14 40
16 Wolves 37 -19 40
17 Birmingham 36 -18 39
18 Blackpool 37 -21 39
19 Wigan 36 -23 36
20 West Ham 36 -23 33

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