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Holloway: No issues with Adam

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is sure Charlie Adam is committed to the club after revealing the influential midfielder confronted his phobia of needles to play in Monday night's 2-1 win over West Brom.

Adam's future at Bloomfield Road is uncertain after it emerged last week he was taking the club to a Premier League arbitration court over alleged unpaid bonuses. The 24-year-old took just 12 minutes to make his mark on Monday as he fired his side ahead from the penalty spot and Holloway insisted that despite off-field matters, Adam remained a key part of his plans.

"Well he's one of my best players so it's a no-brainer isn't it," Holloway said.

"Get in there kid, go and score your penalty, go and pass it.

"His pass got the penalty, some of his passes were fantastic. It was just whether he could do that with that ankle.

"He had a numbing injection with no risk to the joint, I'm happy to do that. Never in doubt.

"But he's scared of needles. Seriously. We had to do it Monday, because he is literally scared of needles.

"So we had to hold him down. Well done to the boy. If you have got a phobia, then it is very difficult isn't it.

"It just shows how much he wants to play for us. I'm glad he did and hopefully he'll keep doing it."

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