Holloway to step up keeper hunt

BY foxsports • February 13, 2011

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."

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