Ollie laments Seasiders’ bad luck

DJ Campbell was awarded a goal when his near-post flick was

adjudged to have crossed the line in the 32nd minute of a frantic

Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road on Saturday. That goal,

given before Luis Enrique headed clear, cancelled out a 17th-minute

strike from Peter Lovenkrands and Blackpool felt they should have

had more with three penalty claims going against them. They had a

strong case in two of them with Tim Krul escaping punishment after

appearing to bring down Campbell and Danny Simpson adjudged not to

have handled deliberately after stumbling. Blackpool, who also hit

the post through Charlie Adam, have won just once in 14 games and

remain in the thick of the relegation battle, but Holloway is

upbeat. He said: “We should have had two penalties, probably three.

“I haven’t seen them again yet but I know what I saw and I know how

I feel. “I was screaming and shouting at the ref because I thought

it was going to be one of those games again where we don’t get

something that is blatantly obvious that we deserved. “Is there any

chance of whoever is governing things up there giving us a bit of a

break? “It looked like it was going to be another one of those

where we had a terrific start, took the game to them, got in their

faces and then they got an innocuous shot and it goes in. “I know

he struck it well but that was the first shot and probably one of

the only shots they had. “But we needed a reaction and got one and

I am delighted for the lads. “That will give the fans some belief

we can get out of this and hopefully lift the doom and gloom. That

is more like my team.” Newcastle boss Alan Pardew was unhappy with

the award of the equaliser. Replays of the incident were

inconclusive and Pardew did not believe referee Martin Atkinson or

his assistant could have been convinced. He said: “The goal was

disappointing because I think you have got to be beyond doubt if

you are going to give that. “Seeing it again it certainly doesn’t

look like that. “If you are 40 yards away you have got to be beyond

doubt it is over the line and it doesn’t look like that to me.

“Having said that, they deserved a goal for their play and their

intensity. They gave us a lot of problems. “It was a tough game and

we were lucky we scored because we looked a little flat. “We looked

tired, mentally and physically, in the first half. “We were sloppy

and created problems for ourselves. “If it was a boxing match you’d

have to give it to Blackpool but it was a football match and our

resilience and quality got us a point.” The draw at least took

Newcastle to 41 points and Pardew is confident now he can start

planning for another season in the top flight. He said: “I think we

are safe now, looking at results today. Our motivation now is a

top-10 finish.”