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
“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
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.