Belfast Telegraph

DJ keeps Blackpool on track

DJ Campbell secured a terrific 1-0 victory for Blackpool against Stoke at the Britannia Stadium.

Campbell was on the mark in the 48th minute as the newly-promoted side went on to record their sixth victory in the top flight. After Luke Varney and Charlie Adam linked up, Campbell was on hand at the back post to complete the move with a deft finish.

It means Ian Holloway's side have now collected six wins and 22 points from 16 games - a remarkable tally given they were widely tipped for relegation.

Blackpool showed what they were about in the 15th minute when David Vaughan clipped a volley narrowly over the top after a cross from Stephen Crainey.

Stoke hit the woodwork after 36 minutes when Ricardo Fuller got on the end of pass from Matthew Etherington, only to see his shot cannon back of the frame. Rory Delap then headed into the arms of Richard Kingson before putting the ball into the net, only to have it ruled off for a foul by Robert Huth on the goalkeeper.

Blackpool went ahead soon after the break when following a swift counter-attack.

Charlie Adam and Luke Varney linked up, resulting in a deft finish by Campbell at the back post. It was the striker's third league goal of the campaign following his arrival from Leicester in August.

Blackpool almost had a second, when Adam headed off the crossbar on 66 minutes, before a late Stoke onslaught saw them also rattle the frame twice.

Etherington struck a firm 73rd-minute free-kick firm onto the woodwork before Kingson reacted instinctively to push up a goal-bound header from Huth and Crainey cleared off the line as the home side kept up the pressure.

Delap then hit the woodwork again before the final whistle.


From Belfast Telegraph