Blackpool manager Ian Holloway had to intervene in a row between DJ Campbell and Charlie Adam following Saturday's draw at Tottenham. The pair had argued over penalty-taking duties during the match and Holloway revealed that their dispute continued after the game.
"It is a little bit upsetting for me that they care so much they ended up with a little row going on," revealed Holloway. "I had to sort out a feud on the way home between DJ and Charlie, but that is how much they care."
The incident followed the 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening. Adam had a penalty saved by Tottenham goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes but within a minute Blackpool were awarded another. Adam and Campbell argued over which of them should take it, before Adam prevailed and scored, putting Blackpool ahead.
Holloway admitted that he would have preferred Campbell to have taken the kick, but that he was proud of Adam's response. "I actually would have agreed with DJ if they'd asked me. I thought he should have taken it," Holloway said. "But it just shows what Charlie is all about, that he had the bottle to want it straight after missing one."
The unsavoury incident was reminiscent of similar fights between team-mates in recent years. Lee Bowyer and Kieron Dyer fought each other on the pitch when they were both players at Newcastle United in 2005. Bowyer criticised Dyer for not passing to him and, after punches were thrown, the pair had to be separated. In 2008, Emmanuel Adebayor, then at Arsenal, and Nicklas Bendtner fought during the 5-1 defeat to Tottenham.
The Blackpool manager was proud, though, of the attitude of his players as they continue to fight for Premier League survival in their first top-flight season since 1970/71. "The bottom line is that DJ wanted to win so badly, so did Charlie, and that is what it is all about," he added. "You have to look at what is at stake. We are all so desperate to stay in this wonderful league.
"We had some things to say to each other in the dressing room afterwards. Everybody had something to say. But they have to remember how proud I am of them. Nothing will ever change that, and nothing will ever change how I feel about this place."
Blackpool are in 18th place in the Premier League, one point behind Wolverhampton Wanderers. Their next game, this Saturday lunchtime, is at home to Bolton Wanderers. They may well need to win that if they are to survive as their final game will be against Manchester United at Old Trafford.