Date: 7th May 2011 at 9:24pm
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Blackpool put in a sterling performance to draw 1-1 away at Tottenham in Saturday’s late kick off.

The point keeps Pool in 17th with two games remaining after a Charlie Adam penalty and an 89th minute Jermain Defoe equaliser ended this encounter all square.

The Seasiders, who had Sergei Kornilenko leading their attack, looked more assured than in the last three months as they sought to get the ball down from the off and play their football.

Spurs were sluggish to begin with but carved a number of opportunities from wide areas throughout the opening 45 minutes.

Gareth Bale was causing the Pool backline problems with his direct running at Neal Eardley, but the right back stuck to his task well, despite not having much cover in front of him.

Although Spurs did look threatening it was Ian Holloway’s team who should have gone in at half time ahead.

Charlie Adam – who was sensational throughout, a real return to form – saw a blistering volley from 10 yards superbly saved by Gomes in the home goal moments before DJ Campbell was thwarted by a last ditch Michael Dawson tackle.

The game was slow at times due to the humidity down in the capital, and Kornilenko struggled to find his feet but did show a couple of nice touches. The problem Pool were having was that attacking movement was too tight and the need for a pinpoint ball in the final third was too great instead of playing their usual expansive football.

However, tightening up in attack had a profound effect on their defensive play. Ian Evatt and Alex Baptiste were rarely turned or under severe amounts of pressure for large spells of the game, which, away at such a good side, was hugely encouraging.

Keith Southern continued to put himself about in the middle of the park whilst Vaughan alongside him was at his imperious best.

However, the introduction of Aaron Lennon at half time gave Spurs an extra buzz and kick as they pressed for the opening goal.

The England international had the measure of Stephen Crainey (as is to be expected) but his final ball wasn’t quite killer enough or the tangerine backline were able to clear the danger.

Rafael Van Der Vaart was pushed into a slightly more advanced role and spurned a good opportunity over the bar before Adam and co really got a hold of the game.

Jason Puncheon – also a half time substitute, replacing Kornilenko – took 20 minutes to find his feet in the game but once he did, Pool packed more punch going forward and were slicker in possession.

DJ Campbell had a brilliant chance to put the Seasiders ahead as he was cleverly found by the advanced Southern. Campbell only had a split second to wrap his foot around the low cross and steer it goalwards but Gomes pulled off a world class save to tip it around the post.

Pool were pressing, and were awarded a penalty from the resulting corner. Adam whipped it in and it was centre half Dawson who handled in the area (whilst home players and supporters argued that he had been pushed by Ian Evatt); referee Lee Probert had no hesitation in point to the spot.

Adam – having not missed a spot kick all season – had his effort down to Gomes’ left marvellously saved by the Brazilian who turned it around the post.

That despair for the 3000 travelling fans was soon jubilation again. The corner wasn’t dealt with by Gomes who half-punched it away. He then followed the ball and got himself in a tangle 12 yards out with Danny Rose and Alex Baptiste before the goalkeeper felled Gary Taylor-Fletcher from the knock down to give Pool a SECOND penalty in 70 seconds, sparking delirium from the Blackpool supporters housed in the corner of White Hart Lane.

DJ Campbell wanted the ball, but there was no moving captain Adam, who confidently powered the ball home to make it 1-0. Adam then sprinted over to the support, punching the air, pointing to the badge and gesturing how much it meant to him.

GTF was substituted for Craig Cathcart soon after. Baptiste went to right back whilst Eardley played in a more advanced role, but acutely aware of his defensive responsibilities.

In fairness, Blackpool weathered the Spurs storm pretty well and should have made the game safe with five minutes left. A slip by William Gallas in not dealing with a through ball allowed Campbell into the box. He waited for Puncheon to arrive before slipping the loanee in between defenders, but the winger’s shot skewed wide when he really should have hit the target.

Cue further onslaught.

But the equaliser was to come in awful fashion for Pool. As Harry Redknapp’s side came forward once again from the halfway line, David Vaughan tucked in field to deal with the primary danger source but forgot about the lurking Jermain Defoe 25-yards from goal. Vaughan by this time had left his man, allowing Defoe time to spin on the ball and rifle a strike right into the corner of the net – giving Gilks no chance and setting up an extremely tense six minute of injury time.

In true Ollie fashion, he brought a striker, James Beattie on, but that was to thwart the threat of Peter Crouch.

And the Pool held on for what could turn out to be a very valuable point. A point which nobody – not even the staunchest tangerine optimist – would have realistic expected at the start of the day.

They are also free of the drop zone on goal difference as Wigan could only draw at Villa. If Wolves lost against neighbours West Brom tomorrow, it is as you were at the foot of the Premiership table with just two games left!


16 Replies to “Superb Seasiders Suffer Last Gasp Spurs Heartache”

  • cheating dirty b…..a……s….t…..a..r…d c…..u…n…t…..s. how that scottish p..r..i..c..k.. got away with practically breaking bale’s leg is beyond me and neither of your penal;ty’s should have been given. hope you go down you cheating scum

  • What an articulate post. Adam’s tackle is part of the game and it’s something Blackpool haven’t done enough this season. We showed great steel today and I’m not sure in what parallel universe they weren’t penalties. Fair enough, hope you get into Europe!

  • Toronto, I shall try to be articulate, Adam’s tackle is not and will never be part of the game, and if that tackle is something Blackpool need to be doing more of, well I am shocked…… you really cannot have seen the footage of that tackle, Bales ankle was stamped and bent about 70 degrees from where it should be….. lets hope he still has a footballing career to come, Blackpool have a ton of fans in the Spurs camp, we really love what you guys have done in the PL, but to hear from a fan that Blackpool need to do more of this, and to not have had an apology from Adam about maybe or not ending one of the UKs most promising players careers is strange, Look at the film footage at Bales ankle being bent beyond belief, on the TV I saw they showed it 6 or 7 times, and it is horrible….. and please check out Vital Spurs past comments, and see all the nice stuff that has been said about Blackpool and Captain Holloway, even when you beat us, we all said, we were knob ends and you guys played great !!, I really think that your comments on THAT tackle may lose you quite a few friends (and you had loads at Spurs!!) maybe if Gareth misses the last 3 games and pre-season (as is being mooted) perhaps Adam should too? And I can promise you, that if a Spurs player had done that, you would have had apologies from the team and fans coming in you…. and best wishes for the players health…. take care fellow football fan ….

  • Not the way Blackpool like to present themselves. Shouldn’t be either. The ten men behind the ball was expected; it’s the most effective way of picking up points in the PL, you were within your rights to do it and we couldn’t break you down. Story of our entire season. But defending Adam’s tackle is uncalled for and quite insulting. Blackpool are better than that. You don’t need to defend vicious reducers desgined solely to take out an opposing player. Good luck staying up.

  • How can anyone think that tackle was good and want to see more of it?!Terrrible refereeing as neither were a penalty(Dawson was cleary pushed, and Gomes did not even touch Taylor Fletcher!) and Adam should have shown a straight red with a further ban.

  • Well this site fkn rocks, dunnit? A 2ft article an no £unt reading it. lololol. Adams no more that an aggressive scottish faggot. As for Ian, funny at first but I soon grew tired of hearing his ‘girls in nightclubs’ philosophy and fkn chickens every time I tuned into motd. The guys a ***** and I hope to fk ur *****ty poxy little club goes down quicker than ur mama. And it will. Lets face it, you can’t bully any other team into 3pts can you?

  • Whilst the tackle on Bale was bad I doubt there was malicious intent.The Spurs fans posting on here can t accept that their team isn t world class.They have had a poor run of results recemtly and have lost 4 points to BFC this season ,hardly world beating form.Perhaps Harry Rednapp can t take Spurs any further forward and meet the fans expectations and should be replaced.

  • Oh, fellas, come off it..thry have every right to feel delighted, and, save for defending the Adam tackle, I don’t begrudge them anything at all. Spurs supporters are supposed to be the best in the land, do we choose to show it by spewing anger onto Vital Blackpool, who’ve hardly taunted us or mocked us now, have they? Come on, you’re Spurs supporters;that means you have a responsibility to uphold as well as a badge to wear prudly; we are gracious in defeat. Or, in this case, a draw. Don’t lets spoil it and become like those stuck-up whiners down the road, eh lads? Come on. Vital Blackpool, I do apologise, we’re all a bit angry at the moment.

  • ‘They’ and ‘Proudly’, my errors, sorry. Confounded laptop apparatus, gets my blood boiling sometimes…

  • andrewduncan, I don’t believe that there was necessarily intent, but the tackle was horrendous. the only reason we spurs fans are congregating here is because of the “blackpool need to do more of that” comment. It is sad indeed if the only way for you to progress is to advocate reckless challenges which could potentially end careers. after seeing some of your football this season I would agree with dubaispur and say that you are better than that!

  • Wasn’t defending it, but it’s something you see week in week out in this division – 9 times out of 10 Bale’s foot wouldn’t have been planted so awkwardly. And as above, no malicious intent. That grit and gamesmanship is something we’ve been lacking all season.

  • i can assure u the pool fans like spurs… very bad tackle from charlie , and should of been a red card.. and i for one hope bale is ok as i think he is a fantasic player… charlie prob just got carried away…. we are all hurting a bit at the mo, but no intent i would think , just seen harry rednapp on tv say he doesnt think charlie is that sort of player.. and that he went to the spurs dressing room to say sorry………… good luck with the remaining fixtures and it would be nice to be playing u again next season… although odds looking against us now!

  • Dubai, we played well and Bale was dangerous hence the attention he ended up getting. Both penalties were quite shocking decisions. Refs treat us like crap. How many times should Ivanovic been sent of against us or Man u? Crouchie didn’t get any warning v Real. Adams should have walked and that would have killed Blackpool. They bruised their was to a point and I don’t appreciate that sort of footie. That’s all. I’m not praising teams that kick u off the park.

  • Cheers guys …thanks (from all us Citizens) for a great result for us ….must warn you though the abuse from the spuds fans will come thick (because of their mentality) and fast ……hope you get to stay up.

  • Oh that was Liverpool,

    our 4 points from ‘massive Spurs’ better than the 1 you took from ‘little old Blackpool’.

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