Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blackpool Net Priceless Win

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Blackpool Net Priceless Win

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Blackpool 3 Tottenham Hotspur 1 BLACKPOOL pulled off an impressive victory over Tottenham to move five points clear of the Premier League relegation zone last night.

Seasiders captain Charlie Adam opened the scoring with a firm penalty in the 18th minute after Sebastien Bassong had fouled DJ Campbell in the box.

Campbell then netted his ninth goal of the season a minute before the interval by connecting with James Beattie's cross before substitute Brett Ormerod netted a third with 10 minutes of normal time remaining, thereby rendering Roman Pavlyuchenko's effort at the death a mere consolation.

Blackpool created the game's first goalscoring opportunity in the fourth minute when Adam won a free-kick and lofted it on to the head of Ian Evatt, who headed wide.

However, their lead came when Bassong wrapped his leg around Campbell as the striker ran across the box and after referee Chris Foy pointed to the penalty spot, Adam rifled the ball home beyond the diving grasp of Heurelho Gomes.

Tottenham had a chance to level things just before the half-hour mark as Pavlyuchenko laid a pass to Steven Pienaar in the area, but the South African's shot was blocked by Craig Cathcart.

Spurs went even closer soon after as Defoe clipped the ball over Kingson towards goal, but Cathcart was again on hand to avert the danger with an excellent header off the line.

An uncertain moment from Kingson led to Blackpool making another goalline clearance towards the end of the half, this time Alex Baptiste the man to deny Defoe. But having almost managed to grab an equaliser, Spurs suddenly found themselves 2-0 down just before the break.

Beattie collected debutant Sergei Kornilenko's back-heel and chipped the ball to Campbell at the far post, who gleefully tucked it away.

Campbell looked as if he might have been offside as he finished, but the effort stood and Blackpool were firmly in the driving seat.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp brought Jermaine Jenas on for Palacios at the break and Spurs looked to exert some pressure from the word go at the start of the second half, with Pienaar sending a shot wide.

Campbell called Gomes into action moments later, but Tottenham were soon on the front foot again, with Jenas striking off target and Kingson doing well to save a header from Pavlyuchenko. …

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