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Charlie Adam lives Premier League dream

Charlie Adam lifts the play-off trophy
Scotland midfielder Adam joined Blackpool from Rangers in 2009

Charlie Adam's superb free-kick helped Blackpool to the Premier League in England - and the midfielder said he was not too surprised to get there.

The Scot, 24, scored an equaliser as Ian Holloway's unfashionable side defeated Cardiff City 3-2 in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

"The manager said to me at the start of the season - come here and you will get to the Premier League," he said.

"The attitude and desire to come back from those two goals was tremendous."

Blackpool were twice behind to Cardiff, Adam quickly cancelling out Michael Chopra's opener and Gary Taylor-Fletcher matching Joe Ledley's strike before Brett Ormerod scored what proved to be the winner before half-time.

It meant disappointment for four Scots in the Cardiff ranks - former Celtic goalkeeper David Marshall, ex-Aberdeen right-back Kevin McNaughton and of Adam's former Rangers team-mates - winger Chris Burke and striker Ross McCormack.

But it meant a fairytale ending to the season for Adam, former Celtic left-back Stephen Crainey and ex-Queen of the South striker Stephen Dobbie, who is on loan from Swansea City.

Blackpool going to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge. You can't ask for anything more

Blackpool and Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam

Blackpool, who had started the season among the relegation favourites because of the size of their player budget, have secured the most lucrative promotion in the history of English football.

The Lancashire outfit have been out of the top flight since 1971, but clinching their place in the Premier League is estimated to be worth £90m.

Adam had been voted young player of the year at Rangers in 2007 before falling out of favour the following season and joining Blackpool, then managed by Tony Parkes, on loan in February 2009.

A £500,000 transfer was completed that summer despite the change in manager and Adam has recently described his relationship with Holloway as like a "married couple".

"The respect I've got for him is incredible," said the Scotland international after scoring his 19th goal of the season.

"He showed a lot of faith in bringing me here, but it is not just about me, it is about every member of this squad and we thoroughly deserve it.

"I was at a tremendous club with tremendous people and a lot of good people, but football happens and sometimes you have to move on.

"I have moved on and nobody will ever take this away form me. It is special and to be able to play at this magnificent stadium is different class."

Blackpool - whose average home crowd of 8,611 was the second-lowest in the Championship this season - will be the smallest club in the top flight since the formation of the Premier League.

Kevin McNaughton challenges Blackpool's DJ Campbell
McNaughton (left) departed Wembley disappointed after defeat

"Blackpool going to Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge," said Adam. "You can't ask for anything more.

"We will have a good holiday and enjoy it because it is special what's going to happen for this club.

"You have got to enjoy it, you have got to laugh, but when we come back for pre-season, we will be serious and, when the season starts, we will be looking forward to it."

Watford manager Malky Mackay said that Adam had been vital as Blackpool clinched sixth place in the Championship before going on to play-off glory.

"Everything he has touched down here has turned to gold as far as Blackpool and the Championship is concerned," said the former Celtic defender.

"He has had a fantastic season. The impact he has had. He has been the X factor for Blackpool.

"He came down on loan, they liked what they saw and paid the record fee of £500,000 to get him, but he has been the catalyst for everything that Blackpool have achieved this season.

"The goals he scored, the goals he set up and the willingness to cover box to box, which is something that some were surprised about.

"But you look at him and you look at him at the way he has taken on board the belief that Ian Holloway has put inside him and he knows he can play at a higher level.

"The penny has dropped there and he is certainly an outstanding player in this division and now has the chance to play in the Premier League."

It had looked like Adam would have to move from the Seasiders to play Premier League football.

"In January, there was talk of Everton and various other clubs at £2m and £3m, but you now look at it and he goes in there with Blackpool," said Mackay.

Crainey had a fine game for Blackpool at Wembley, while Dobbie came on as a second-half substitute.

Marshall looked at fault for Taylor-Fletcher's goal, while McCormack came on as a substitute for the ineffectual Burke, as Cardiff failed to become the first Welsh team to play in the Premier League.



see also
Blackpool set for boom - Holloway
23 May 10 |  Championship
Bothroyd injury cost us - Hudson
22 May 10 |  Cardiff
Blackpool 3-2 Cardiff
22 May 10 |  Championship
Adam completes move to Blackpool
04 Aug 09 |  Blackpool


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