Friday 22 February 2013
Premierleague.com rifles through the annals of the Barclays Premier League to find significant events.
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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway praised his side's "tremendous achievement" as they secured a famous victory over Spurs to boost their Barclays Premier League survival hopes.
The Seasiders were under great pressure for long periods of the match against Harry Redknapp's team, who managed to beat Italian giants AC Milan in their UEFA Champions League round of 16 first leg just a week earlier, but goals from Charlie Adam, DJ Campbell and Brett Ormerod gave the hosts victory at Bloomfield Road.
Adam, who earned a summer move to Liverpool after an impressive season for the newly promoted side, put Blackpool in front from the penalty spot after 18 minutes. DJ Campbell doubled the lead just before half-time, converting James Beattie's cross, and Ormerod added a third 10 minutes from time, seven seasons after his last Premier League goal when he was playing for Southampton.
Roman Pavlyuchenko scored a consolation for Tottenham in stoppage time but the day belonged to Holloway and his Blackpool side, who moved five points clear of the drop zone in 12th place.
Holloway said: "They've worked so hard for me I can't ask for anything else. It's still a tremendous achievement at the moment, even to have 29 points before tonight with that amount of games.
"If you look at our budget, let's be perfectly honest, we shouldn’t even be in the division. We’re trying to do things for the man in the street who ain't got the best but believes he's the best and tries his best. My boys deserved that tonight."
A run of seven points from their final 11 matches meant that Blackpool narrowly missed out on Premier League survival, as they finished one point below 17th placed Wolverhampton Wanderers after losing 4-2 to Manchester United on the final day, despite a valiant display.
Tottenham conquered AC Milan in the last 16 of the Champions League but they just missed out on qualifying for the competition again as they finished fifth in the 2010/11 campaign.