Ollie buoyed by Blackpool display

The Seasiders remain in the thick of the Premier League relegation

scrap after decisions and luck went against them in a frantic clash

at Bloomfield Road. Holloway’s men were forced to settle for a 1-1

draw after having three penalty appeals turned down amid a plethora

of missed chances, including one which hit the woodwork. Blackpool

have won just once in 14 games but the point was good enough to

lift them out of the bottom three with four matches remaining and

Holloway is convinced the doubters can be silenced. Holloway said:

“What is success at this level? For me it is playing well and

giving yourself a chance in almost every game you play. We have to

keep believing. “The truth is there is no way we should be doing

what we are doing, with our budget. “This was one performance

closer to what I want, at a time when we needed it most. That is

what I am going to focus on. “We have now got Stoke then Tottenham,

Bolton and Man Utd. It doesn’t get much harder than that but at

this level you get that every week. “We are David every week. We’ve

been running out of stones lately but we’ve found some more now.

“Watch out, some of you big ‘uns – that’s all I’m saying. We need

that to be our benchmark now. We cannot afford, at this level, to

be anything short of that.” Blackpool made the initial running and

were denied one spot-kick when DJ Campbell claimed to have been

felled by Mike Williamson. Newcastle seized the lead after 17

minutes when Peter Lovenkrands capitalised on a Charlie Adam

mistake. A second penalty appeal was rejected down by FA Cup final

referee Martin Atkinson after Campbell went down racing to beat

goalkeeper Tim Krul to the ball. The striker’s luck turned soon

after when his near-post flick was adjudged to have crossed the

line for a 32nd-minute equaliser before Luis Enrique headed clear.

Blackpool wanted another penalty after Danny Simpson stumbled and

accidentally handled and Adam had the best of a series of

second-half chances when he hit the post. Midfielder Keith

Southern, brought in alongside the impressive pair of Adam and the

fit-again David Vaughan, was in no doubt it was a performance good

enough to prove the Seasiders can stay up. The 27-year-old, one of

the stars of last season’s promotion campaign, said: “That was the

Blackpool of old, the Blackpool of last season. We are at it and in

their faces. “If we play like that in the next two home games we

will stay in this league, no doubt about it. “We have disappointed

ourselves in recent weeks but I think we have just turned a massive

corner psychologically.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was also

impressed enough by the Tangerines to believe they can extend their

stay in the top flight into a second season. He said: “There is a

big part of me that wants them to stay up for their integrity and

the honesty of their work. “They gave us a really good test and I

thought they were better than they were against Wigan last week.

“Their intensity was higher and if they can take it into their last

four games, against anybody, they will give them a game.” Pardew

feels his team, who were promoted along with Blackpool last season,

have now done enough themselves to ensure survival. The former West

Ham and Southampton boss, who succeeded Chris Hughton in December,

is almost ready to start planning for next season but first wants

to finish the current campaign strongly. He said: “We have got 41

points and the results have gone our way. I think that is us

guaranteed now. “I think it will be difficult for those teams down

at the bottom to accumulate 41 points. “But we want to win as many

games as we can and will try to do that. “Perhaps we can play with

a bit more freedom at Liverpool next week and our energy levels

will be up.”