Holloway to step up keeper hunt

The Seasiders boss is down on numbers with Paul Rachubka joining

Matt Gilks in the treatment room and youngster Mark Halstead

injured while on loan to Kettering. Holloway has been given

permission by the Premier League to find cover for current number

one Richard Kingson, but ran out of time ahead of Saturday’s 1-1

draw against Aston Villa. Kingson returned to the side patched up

after needing eight stitches in a head wound during the defeat to

Sunderland three weeks ago. Scotland Under-19 international Chris

Kettings was on the bench on Saturday but Holloway is keen to bring

in a more experienced campaigner ahead of the home match against

Tottenham a week on Tuesday. Holloway has been offered one of

Spurs’ goalkeepers, believed to be Ben Alnwick, but under Premier

League rules he could not be named in a squad to face his parent

club. Blackburn prospect Frank Fielding is another name in the

frame but Holloway claims Rovers want him to start and he is

reluctant to drop Kingson. Holloway said: “It is very difficult to

get someone as we are finding out. But we will be cracking on and

see if we can convince a club to loan us a player to either sit on

the bench or go in our team. “If he is too young how can I put him

above Richard Kingson? How can I tell Rich, ‘sorry, I have to play

this young kid. He is not ready yet but that is all I can borrow’.

“I could have had a goalkeeper from Tottenham but we play Tottenham

on Tuesday. So what is the point of taking him? We would be in the

same boat. What can I do?” Blackpool ended a run of five straight

defeats against Villa despite going a goal down after 10 minutes.

Darren Bent released Gabriel Agbonlahor on the left and he raced

away before rounding Kingson and firing a shot into the corner to

give Villa the lead. Blackpool regrouped and equalised through

Elliot Grandin four minutes later when he scored his first goal for

the club following a corner from Charlie Adam. Villa were then

reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Jean Makoun was given a

straight red card for a two-footed challenge on DJ Campbell. Makoun

is facing a three-match ban and to compound manager Gerard

Houllier’s worries defender Carlos Cuellar looks likely to be out

for three weeks after suffering a hamstring strain. Even though his

side are only three points above the relegation zone, Houllier

believes they have made progress in the last three months. He said:

“We played some good football but not only that we are mentally and

physically strong. We were resilient and disciplined. “It is not

easy when you are away at Blackpool and down to 10 men. It was a

hard-fought point. “We came here to win the game and could have won

it after 25 minutes but I have to give my players credit.”