No room for complacency for Adam

BY foxsports • April 8, 2011

Adam has been included on the shortlist of nominees for the Professional Footballers' Association player of the year award which was announced earlier on Friday. The Scotland midfielder has enjoyed a superb campaign so far, captaining a Seasiders team which has exceeded expectations following their promotion via the Championship play-offs last May. After a flying start Blackpool were in the top 10 at Christmas, although a recent run of only one win in 11 games has seen them slide down the table. With seven fixtures to play they are currently just a point and a place above the relegation zone, and Holloway wants Adam - who is widely expected to leave Bloomfield Road in the summer - to underline his status as one of the stars of 2010-11 by driving Blackpool on to survival. "I've tried to say it all season, about how good I think he is," the manager said. "The reflection of it will be if we can stay up. "All of us connected with Blackpool are all very proud of how we've tried to play and Charlie has got a lot of the plaudits because he hits the sensational pass to one of his team-mates, who normally does quite well with it. "Everyone talks about the sensational pass instead of his team-mate on the end of it, but he is a brilliant player, and it has been a joy to work with him. "I have got a few more games left with him and he is still contracted for next year. "So until anything changes in that, he has got to pull his socks up and keep us up." Reacting to the news of his nomination, Adam told www.blackpoolfc.co.uk: "To get voted for by your fellow PFA professionals is terrific and it's an honour that they've chosen to pick me. "I wouldn't be in it unless my team-mates were beside me so I've got to say thanks to them because they have been part of it. "It's a real achievement not just for me as a player but for us as a squad and as a club because it shows how well we've done." Blackpool host Arsenal on Sunday with DJ Campbell available for selection again after the striker completed a three-match suspension. Campbell has nine goals for the Seasiders this term and his return is exactly what Holloway feels the team needs. "He is a goalscorer, and what we have been lacking recently is goals," Holloway said. "We didn't get any last Sunday (in the 3-0 defeat at Fulham) and I think a lot of that was down to us rather than them and where we chose to pass it." Arsenal will be looking to keep up the pressure on league leaders Manchester United, who face Fulham on Saturday without Wayne Rooney as the England striker's two-match ban for swearing into a television camera begins. Holloway feels he does not have to worry about the use of foul language among his own players and is confident United manager Sir Alex Ferguson will know how to handle the Rooney episode. "I don't have to warn my lads about that, they just have to stay in this division," Holloway said. "They are not as high-profile as Wayne Rooney. What Rooney does is what he does, but on the pitch he is absolutely brilliant. "What he has to do is listen to his manager - there is no better person to advise him than Sir Alex and I'm sure they will put that in hand and deal with it. "We have got to make sure that our focus on the football pitch is as red-hot as his."


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