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Premier League

  • May 14, 2011
  • • 7:45 AM
  • • Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 15979

Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers: Charlie Adam winner settles thrilling clash as Seasiders take relegation fight to final day

Blackpool 4-3 Bolton Wanderers: Charlie Adam winner settles thrilling clash as Seasiders take relegation fight to final day

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Blackpool remains in bottom three despite securing a valuable win and its fate will now be decided at Old Trafford next week

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam scored the winner in a seven-goal thriller against Bolton Wanderersbut the Seasiders remain in the Premier League relegation zone on goal difference.

In a game which Blackpool needed to win if it was to have any chance of staying in the Premier League, manager Ian Holloway had promised lots of attacking impetus and he lived up to his promise when it went close in the opening minutes.

After just six minutes though, Holloway was left fuming on the sidelines when a Bolton free-kick was crossed into Kevin Davies, who sent a terrific powerful effort into the top corner.

It looked like it wasn’t going to be the Seasiders’ day and when Daniel Sturridge won a free-kick at the edge of the Blackpool penalty area, Bolton threatened a second but after Sturridge hit the wall his rebounded effort failed to test Matthew Gilks. 

The early goal had silenced the home crowd, but that soon changed when DJ Cambell received the ball from Gary Taylor-Fletcher to put the ball past Jussi Jaaskelainen to level the scores.

It was a very open game with both sides threatening another goal and in the 18th minute Jason Puncheon won a corner off Bolton defender Gretar Steinsson. 

As the Trotters struggled to clear the ball, Jason Puncheon curled a fantastic effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the area to put Blackpool in front.

The atmosphere at Bloomfield Road grew increasingly hostile and the temperature on the pitch also began to rise, with Zat Knight and Taylor-Fletcher at the heart of a brawl. 

After Knight brought down Taylor-Fletcher, the defender appeared to lean on the striker, who then responded by grabbing Knight by the neck and could consider himself lucky that the referee opted to issue both players with a yellow card.

The visitors didn’t have to wait long for an equalizer and just six minutes later Matthew Taylor cut inside from the left to hit a powerful effort past Gilks to make it 2-2.

It was Blackpool which was on top though and it continued to look for a third and Puncheon and Campbell in particular were proving a handful for the Bolton defense.

As the half looked set to end all square, Charlie Adam received the ball in a deep position and fired a long pass into the penalty area, finding an unmarked DJ Campbell who turned it past the goalkeeper to give Blackpool the lead at halftime.

The home side began the second half in the same attacking fashion with which it had ended the first and Holloway’s men went in search of a fourth goal. 

Then Chung-Yong Lee made a determined run down the right side and bearing down on goal, rounded Gilks to play an inch-perfect cross for Daniel Sturridge, who headed home from close range and once again the scores were level.

Both teams were frantically looking for a goal and it was when Bolton was on the attack that the deadlock was again broken. 

Charlie Adam intercepted the ball and drove forward with Puncheon and Taylor-Fletcher in support, after a one-two with Taylor-Fletcher on the edge of the penalty area Adam unleashed a fantastic finish which flew into the top corner to put Blackpool back in front in the 63rd minute.

As Blackpool went looking for a fifth the game became scrappy and there was a sense of nervousness around Bloomfield Road as the home crowd waited for the inevitable Bolton equaliser.

But the goal never came and despite a late barrage from the visitors, Blackpool held on for an important three points.

The result, however, is not enough to move the Seasiders out of the relegation zone and Blackpool must now travel to newly crowned Premier League Champions Manchester United next week in search of a result, in what could be their final game in the division.

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