Ian Holloway's team earn precious away win in battle of the promoted teams at St James' Park.A Charlie Adam penalty and DJ Campbell's late goal gave Blackpool a shock victory over in-form Newcastle United at St James’ Park as the Seasiders came out on top in the battle of the Championship-promoted teams.
Newcastle, who named new signings Hatem Ben Arfa and Sol Campbell on the bench, were able to include top-scorer Andy Carroll after he missed featuring for England’s under 21’s with an ankle injury and were on a 26 game home unbeaten run going into this match.
Meanwhile Blackpool made three changes from the team which drew 2-2 with Fulham with Neil Eardley, DJ Campbell and Dekel Keinan coming in for Alex Baptiste, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Craig Cathcart.
Both teams immediately leapt head first into their first Premier League encounter against one another as they looked to build on their promising starts to the season, but it was the away team who made the brighter start with summer signing Elliot Grandin forcing Steve Harper into a smart save with a rasping 25 yard shot.
The home team were struggling to cope with their opponent's industry, and seemed lethargic by comparison to their last home game against Aston Villa. They were further indebted to Harper who made a smart double save, saving first from DJ Campbell and then from Brett Ormerod.
But then out of nowhere they forced the best chance of the game when Mike Williamson rose highest to head a free kick against the inside of the Blackpool post with goalkeeper Matthew Gilks stranded.
Neither side was able to take a dominant grip on proceedings, with both sides struggling to make an impact on either defence. But then on the stroke of half-time the Seasiders were awarded a penalty after Alan Smith pulled back Luke Varney in the penalty area in full view of referee Lee Mason.
Blackpool's top scorer from last season Charlie Adam stepped up with the penalty and coolly slotted past Harper to give them the lead. The celebrating players then hoisted a shirt with the name of Blackpool youth coach Gary Parkinson on it, who is currently recovering from a stroke.
After half-time, star striker Andy Carroll missed a golden chance to draw the home side level when he took too long when reaching Jonas Gutierrez’ cross, and was quickly closed out by Gilks.
As the home team sought to crank up the pressure in the second half Gilks was again called into action as he raced out of his goal to save from Joey Barton who was rushing through on goal.
Blackpool were beginning to sit back and invite pressure on themselves as Newcastle kept throwing balls into their penalty area, but their defence was holding firm as the home side struggled to make chances.
Both sides made changes, with Newcastle bringing on Peter Lovenkrands and Blackpool introducing former Newcastle player Marlon Harewood who was booed on his return to St James' Park.
The home fans were then treated to a home debut for Ben Arfa, who came on for Gutierrez, and immediately made an impact-crossing for Barton, whose effort was saved by Gilks who had also saved smartly from Lovenkrands.
The Blackpool goalkeeper was proving tough opposition for the home team, as he saved again from Lovenkrands as Newcastle pressed home for a deserved equalizer with Chris Hughton throwing on Shola Ameobi up front in place of Wayne Routledge.
But despite the changes they could not force their way past an inspired Gilks, who produced a sensational point-blank save from Carroll and Evatt blocked from Ben Arfa.
Then out of nowhere Blackpool broke down the other end and Adam flicked a through-ball for DJ Campbell who broke clear and slotted the ball past a stranded Harper to seal the points for the away team.
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