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Battling Seasiders please Holloway

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Blackpool manager Ian Holloway was thankful for an improved second-half display from his side as the Seasiders kept the pressure on the play-off places with a 2-0 win at lowly Plymouth.

The visitors were second best in an opening period when they should have gone behind when Alan Judge fluffed his chance at an opener. Some choice words from Holloway at the break resulted in a far more committed display from his players and late goals from Charlie Adam and Stephen Dobbie ensured a win that moves them four points behind sixth-placed Leicester.

``It was a much better second-half performance, we seemed to forget about our game plan,'' Holloway said. ``I managed to remind them what I wanted at half time and in the second half we settled down and got a couple of breakaway efforts that were clinically finished off - and that makes the difference.''

Adam was the inspiration behind Blackpool's turnaround with the Scottish midfielder crashing a 20-yard effort off the post and forcing a spectacular save from home goalkeeper David Stockdale before his opener after 78 minutes.

``Adam is a very good player,'' Holloway added. ``I thought we passed the ball around much better in the second half, we moved them around.''

Recalled Argyle winger Judge missed his gilt-edged opportunity after 14 minutes following a defence-splitting through ball from Luke Summerfield, who had replaced injured captain Carl Fletcher after just seven minutes.

Visiting goalkeeper Matthew Gilks also made a double stop to block Bradley Wright-Phillips from close range shot after 23 minutes following a cross from Jamie Mackie.

Argyle winger Bolasie sent a 34th-minute half-volley at Gilks and went close again with a rising drive from the angle of the penalty area four minutes later.

Wright-Phillips also hit the post in a 67th-minute goalmouth scramble to leave Argyle boss Paul Mariner ruing his side's finishing.

``Of course I am disappointed, we could have been 2-0 ahead at half time and just didn't come out on fire in the second half,'' said Mariner, who now finds his side six points adrift of safety."

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Leicester City
Charlie Adam
Matthew Gilks
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Stephen Dobbie
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