Blackpool beats Newcastle 2-0 in Premier League

BY foxsports • September 11, 2010

Charlie Adam's first-half penalty and late goal from D.J. Campbell gave Blackpool a 2-0 win at Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday.

Adam converted a 45th-minute penalty after teammate Luke Varney was tripped by Newcastle midfielder Alan Smith.

The Scottish midfielder celebrated by holding up a T-shirt bearing the message ''4 Parky,'' referring to youth team coach Gary Parkinson, who is critically ill in hospital.

''I couldn't be more proud of a group who even paid tribute to Parky on their shirts today,'' Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said. ''If I had known that, I would have gone mad because I wouldn't have pre-empted scoring a goal here, but I am very glad that we stick together.

''If you think about the end of last season, the trouncing we got here, if you look at how short a period of time it is, if you look at the quality they have got, I am absolutely delighted.''

Adam then produced the pass from which DJ Campbell sealed the win in the 90th minute, but only after goalkeeper Matt Gilks had produced a string of superb saves to deny Newcastle an equalizer.

Gilks, who had kept out Kevin Nolan's first-half effort, frustrated Joey Barton, substitute Peter Lovenkrands and Andy Carroll as Newcastle staged a committed fightback in front of a crowd of 49,597 at St. James' Park.

The defeat was Newcastle's first at home in 27 matches, having won the League Championship last season.

There was a determination about Holloway's men from the start, and they could have led by more than a goal at halftime.

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper made a superb double save in the 12th minute, blocking Campbell's effort at point-blank range before turning Brett Ormerod's follow-up around the post.

Newcastle defender Mike Williamson came closest to giving them the lead. He met Barton's 25th-minute free kick with a looping header which evaded Gilks' dive but hit the post.

For all its possession, Newcastle was unable to create clear-cut chances, although Gilks blocked an attempt from Barton and then watched as Nolan had a 68th-minute volley partially blocked.

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