Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Comeback Leaves Blackpool Stunned

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Comeback Leaves Blackpool Stunned

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Blackpool 2 Manchester United 3 BLACKPOOL'S Tangerine dream was shattered by one of those famous Manchester United comebacks as Sir Alex Ferguson's men roared back from two goals down to surge five points clear at the top of the Premier League.

At half-time, on top and two goals up, it appeared Blackpool would end United's unbeaten record. But goals from Red Devils old-boy Craig Cathcart and DJ Campbell were insufficient to resist a United side galvanised by Ryan Giggs and Javier Hernandez.

The Mexican struck the all-important equaliser but once again it was Dimitar Berbatov who did the damage, tapping home Manchester United's first 19 minutes from time.

Earlier, United were shaken out of their stride by the hosts, whose enthusiasm knows no bounds and for whom Charlie Adam, putting his transfer request and interest from Liverpool to the back of his mind, was outstanding.

It was Adam's accidental clash with Patrice Evra that forced the Frenchman off the field and meant he was out of position when he returned as the Blackpool skipper swung in his first fateful corner. Still, there was no excuse for United's total failure to track Cathcart's run.

Tipped for big things by the Old Trafford hierarchy until injury intervened, Cathcart powered in a header past a motionless Edwin van der Sar.

The veteran Dutchman was also stood still when Nemanja Vidic turned a diving header straight into his chest when he had been aiming to clear.

Elliot Grandin scooped a 12-yard effort over the bar and David Vaughan brought an excellent save out of Van der Sar, which as it turned out, only staved off Blackpool's second by half a minute.

Again Adam took the corner. Dropping it into roughly the same place. This time Darron Gibson got his head to it but only succeeded in turning it to Campbell, who bundled home at the far post to send the home supporters into delirium. …

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