Seasiders held by stubborn Toon

Campbell cancelled out an early Peter Lovenkrands strike in a

frantic Premier League clash at Bloomfield Road when his flick was

ruled to have crossed the line. Yet the Seasiders had three penalty

appeals rejected and missed a host of other chances as they failed

to win for the 13th time in 14 games to remain firmly in the

relegation scrap. Referee Martin Atkinson left the field to chorus

of boos for his perceived influence on Blackpool’s frustration. Two

of the hosts’ penalty claims were very strong, with goalkeeper Tim

Krul appearing to bring down Campbell and Danny Simpson clearly,

but possibly not intentionally, handling. The Seasiders had further

ill fortune when a Charlie Adam shot, amid a plethora of other

chances, struck the post after the break. Yet it was Adam, whose

place in the side after an injury scare had given Blackpool a lift,

who contributed to his side’s poor start by giving the ball away

for Lovenkrands’ goal. Blackpool, seeking only their second win in

14 games, had an early penalty appeal turned down when Campbell

claimed to have been caught by Michael Williamson. Gary

Taylor-Fletcher tried his luck from distance as Blackpool looked to

attack but his 25-yard low effort went the wrong side of the post.

Newcastle responded with a quick break but Shola Ameobi dwelt too

long before shooting, lost complete control and Matt Gilks saved

comfortably. The visitors grabbed the lead after 17 minutes

following a dreadful error from Adam. The Seasiders skipper tried

to exchange passes just outside his area but allowed Joey Barton to

sneak in and set up Lovenkrands. The Dane took the ball in his

stride and struck a low shot from the edge of the area which found

the bottom corner. Blackpool showed all the spirit for which they

have become renowned this season as they fought their way back into

the game. Matt Phillips had a good chance after Alex Baptiste

miskicked but blazed well over. The hosts were furious to have

another penalty claim rejected when Campbell seized on a poor pass

across goal by Jose Enrique. The striker appeared to beat Krul to

the ball before being brought down by the goalkeeper but referee

Atkinson waved play on, much to the fury of watching Blackpool

manager Ian Holloway. Luck turned for both Campbell and Enrique as

Blackpool claimed an equaliser after 32 minutes. The ball looped

goalwards off Campbell’s thigh as he met an Adam corner at the near

post and was ruled to have crossed the line before Enrique headed

clear from under the crossbar. Blackpool had another good penalty

shout denied as the frantic first half continued, as Simpson

appeared to handle after stumbling in the area. Holloway’s men

piled on the pressure before the break and were unfortunate again

when Enrique blocked a powerful Baptiste shot on the line. The

second half began at the same frenetic pace as the first with

Ameobi firing just over for Newcastle after a driving run by Kevin

Nolan. Adam went close with a low free-kick which curled just wide

and Neal Eardley clipped another set-piece narrowly over the bar.

Blackpool should have claimed the lead just after the hour when

Stephen Crainey picked out Taylor-Fletcher with a superb cross but

the striker’s glancing header flew over. Blackpool were cursing

their luck again moments later when Fabricio Coloccini’s attempt to

break up a slick move involving Campbell and Matt Phillips

unintentionally set up Adam. Adam beat Krul with a sweet low shot

from the edge of the area but the ball rebounded off the foot of

the post and away to safety. Taylor-Fletcher had another chance but

saw a header blocked and Keith Southern shot wide. Stephen Ireland

had a shot blocked after a goalmouth scramble at the other end and

the game wound down as a draw. Luke Varney had a late opening for

Blackpool but was unable to find the target.