Chairboys secure safety

Crystal Palace boss Ian Holloway has called for his

promotion-chasing team to keep fighting after they fell to a third

successive loss courtesy of a 1-0 defeat at Blackpool.

Matt Phillips’ 85th-minute goal made it an unhappy return to his

former club for Holloway, whose current side are now six points

behind Hull in second place.

“We need to show character and keep fighting,” said Holloway. “I

thought the overall performance showed we were calm and still

believed in ourselves.

“We didn’t panic and kept going. That really should have been a

0-0. We’re not making things happen for ourselves. It is really

important at this time of the season that we all stick

together.

“It’s the worst run we’ve had since the start of the season and

it’s the wrong time to do it. We’ve just got to dust ourselves off,

get up and get on with it.

“It’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves and we need someone to

step up to the plate.”

Holloway refused to blame the poor surface at Bloomfield Road

for the defeat after Glenn Murray and Wilfried Zaha missed the best

of the few chances Palace created.

“The pitch is no excuse as its no help for both teams, but it

doesn’t help. Unfortunately we didn’t make the most of our

advantage as we didn’t really create that much. I think that’s the

most difficult thing.”

Stuart Lewis was the man who sparked the vital win for Gareth

Ainsworth’s side as he lashed home a shot from 12 yards out in the

55th minute after the Morecambe defence had failed to clear their

lines after Matt Spring’s deep free-kick was headed into the danger

area.

Morecambe hit back with Ryan Williams hitting the post and

forcing young goalkeeper Matt Ingram into a decent save but with

Dave Winfield and Gary Doherty outstanding they kept Morecambe at

bay all too easily.

Wycombe produced most of the early running and created the best

of the first half chances.

Midfielder Stuart Lewis tested Andreas Arestidou on 12 minutes

with a well struck shot from 25 yards out that forced the home

keeper into a good block to his right.

Arestidou blocked again 10 minutes later from a Spring shot and

the Shrimps were grateful to Robbie Threlfall on the half hour as

Joe Kuffour’s cross was heading for the unmarked Joel Grant until

the left back produced an important last gasp clearance.

Kuffour then wasted a good chance of his own in the 37th minute

when he failed to get a strong enough touch to force in an

excellent Spring free-kick.