Blackpool shock Spurs to ease relegation fears

Blackpool shock Spurs to ease relegation fears

Blackpool ended a run of six games without a win following a shock victory against Tottenham Hotspur at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday night to ease Ian Holloway’s relegation fears. The Tangerines registered their second win in 10 games when beating Harry Redknapp’s side 3-1 and climbed to 12th place in the Premier League with a five-point cushion to third-bottom Wigan Athletic.

Redknapp was hoping for a win to take his team into third place at the other end of the table but was left scratching his head after watching his players squander a series of chances as they dominated play throughout the game.

It was Charlie Adam who kept his cool in front of goal to open the scoring from the penalty spot on 18 minutes. The former Spurs target slotted home after Sebastien Bassong had wrapped himself round DJ Campbell as he ran across the box.

The hosts clung to the lead under mounting Tottenham pressure, Adam blasting a clearance over his own bar and goal-line clearances from Craig Cathcart and Alex Baptiste twice denied Jermain Defoe an equaliser. But, Blackpool struck again on 44 minutes when James Beattie’s chip to the far post found Campbell in what appeared an off-side position, but his effort stood and the home side went into the break with a 2-0 lead against the run of play.

The second half delivered more of the same and as chances continued to go begging, Redknapp drafted in more attacking options in an all-out attempt to salvage the game. Jermaine Jenas was on for Wilson Palacios, Niko Kranjcar was introduced for Steven Pienaar on the hour and Peter Crouch replaced Bassong in the 79th minute in a last desperate attempt to find a way back into the game.

Crouch was immediately in the action to flash a header wide of the mark, but on clearing the lines Blackpool struck again. Matt Phillips broke into the Spurs penalty area and when Benoit Assou-Ekotto got himself in a muddle, substitute Brett Ormerod was on hand to slot the ball home and make it 3-0.

Not for the first time this season, Blackpool showed their ability to convert their chances having mustered just 8 shots in the whole game with 3 of 4 on-target attempts finding the net. It took until stoppage time when Roman Pavlyuchenko looped a shot for Spurs to finally find the target after peppering 25 attempts at the Blackpool goal.

The Tangerines travel to Wolverhampton on Saturday where victory against the bottom placed club could see them return to the top half of the table where they spent most of the first third of the season.
 

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