Campbell finds slick flick tolift Blackpool draw comfort

Blackpool 1 Newcastle United 1: Newcastle take early lead but draw is enoughfor Tangerines to rise above relegation zone

The Easter sunshine was absent on the Fylde coast, but the gloom threatening to engulf Bloomfield Road was partially lifted as Blackpool put last weekend's home defeat by Wigan behind them to earn a point that lifted them out of the bottom three on goal difference.

It was only Blackpool's second point from a possible 21, yet they could be forgiven for feeling it should have been all three. Despite falling behind to Peter Lovenkrands' fine early strike, Blackpool were the better team, but finished with only DJ Campbell's 32nd-minute equaliser to show for it, raising the stakes for their two remaining home fixtures, against Stoke and Bolton.

Their manager, Ian Holloway, preferred to underline the positives of a much-improved performance as he said: "We needed a reaction, we got a reaction and I am delighted with the lads. That will hopefully lift the doom and gloom – that is more like my team."

Blackpool, boosted by the return of the fit-again David Vaughan in midfield, made a positive start but failed to capitalise as Gary Taylor-Fletcherdragged an early shot wide, then failed to get on the end of a Stephen Crainey cross that had eluded Newcastle's centre-backs. The Lancashire club have conceded in every home game this season, and Holloway's call to cut out costly individual mistakes was ignored when Charlie Adam gave the ball away in the build-up to Newcastle's opener after 17 minutes. Joey Barton supplied Lovenkrands who, from 25 yards, drove an excellent left-foot shot low into the bottom corner.

Newcastle's manager, Alan Pardew, said his side were lucky to score when they did, yet he questioned the validity of Campbell's equaliser. The striker's 11th League goal of the season came when he met Adam's low corner with a flick of his left foot, sending the ball arcing over Tim Krul and across the goal-line before Jose Enrique headed clear. "I think you have to be beyond doubt if you are going to give that as a linesman, and I didn't think it was," Pardew said.

That was not the only difficult decision faced by the referee, MartinAtkinson, who earlier ruled that Krul had got a hand to turn the ball away when Campbell went down under the Dutchman's challenge in the area. Atkinson later ignored Blackpool's appeals when Danny Simpson handled twice as he fell in his own box. "I thought that was an unbelievable handball," lamented Holloway.

Blackpool came close to a second before the break when Matt Phillips had a shot cleared off the line by Jose Enrique, and continued to press in the second half, Taylor-Fletcher missing a glorious chance in the 63rd minute when nodding over an inviting Crainey cross. Moments later Phillips, starting for the first time since January, laid the ball off to Adam, but though his shot beat Krul, it bounced clear off the far post.

Attendance: 16,003

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Man of the match: Vaughan

Match rating: 7/10

Sport
sportSo, how closely were you paying attention during 2014?
Arts and Entertainment
Dennis speaks to his French teacher
tvThe Boy in the Dress, TV review
News
One father who couldn't get One Direction tickets for his daughters phoned in a fake bomb threat and served eight months in a federal prison
people... (and one very unlucky giraffe)
Arts and Entertainment
Joel Edgerton, John Turturro and Christian Bale in Exodus: Gods and Kings
film
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Plaza Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia was one of the 300 US cinemas screening
filmTim Walker settles down to watch the controversial gross-out satire
Arts and Entertainment
Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz in Tim Burton's Big Eyes
film reviewThis is Tim Burton’s most intimate and subtle film for a decade
Life and Style
Mark's crab tarts are just the right size
food + drinkMark Hix cooks up some snacks that pack a punch
Arts and Entertainment
Jack O'Connell stars as Louis Zamperini in Angelina Jolie's Unbroken
film review... even if Jack O'Connell is excellent
Arts and Entertainment
Madonna is not in Twitter's good books after describing her album leak as 'artistic rape and terrorism'
music14 more 'Rebel Heart' tracks leaked including Pharrell Williams collaboration
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

A Christmas without hope: Fears grow in Gaza that the conflict with Israel will soon reignite

Christmas without hope

Gaza fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite
After 150 years, you can finally visit the grisliest museum in the country

The 'Black Museum'

After 150 years, you can finally visit Britain's grisliest museum
No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

No ho-ho-hos with Nick Frost's badass Santa

Doctor Who Christmas Special TV review
Chilly Christmas: Swimmers take festive dip for charity

Chilly Christmas

Swimmers dive into freezing British waters for charity
Veterans' hostel 'overwhelmed by kindness' for festive dinner

Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all