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Varney debut impresses Holloway

Varney debut impresses Holloway (©PAphotos)
Varney debut impresses Holloway (©PAphotos).

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway praised the contribution of Luke Varney after he scored a glorious goal on his debut.

Varney, signed on a season-long loan deal from Derby on Friday, put his side ahead in a 2-2 draw against Fulham which was their first ever Barclays Premier League match at a revamped Bloomfield Road.

Holloway said: "Luke has got pace and his game suits the way I want to play. It looked like he had been with us all his life."

He added: "If you realise he has just walked into the building, how hard is my job? It is not easy. Players go here and there. They carry their kitbags. Sometimes it suits them, sometimes it doesn't.

"Hopefully he will have a wonderful relationship with us and keep doing what he did today.

"That goal I am absolutely delighted with. It was some of the best football any team of mine has ever produced. Then we lose the ball easily and they equalise, so we have some harsh lessons to learn."

Bobby Zamora had given Fulham the lead with a firm header before going off with a thigh injury. Blackpool levelled through a John Pantsil own goal before Varney's moment of magic. Dickson Etuhu's late strike earned the Cottagers a point.

Fulham manager Mark Hughes thought his side suffered when Zamora went off but was with pleased with the team's character.

He said: "We haven't picked up that many points on the road over the years. It is something we hope to improve on. It is key to whether we have a decent season. In the second half we didn't play as well as we normally can, made a couple of mistakes and let them get back into the game.

"It is good to see Dickson Etuhu getting on the end of something. He has not scored many goals in his career. We are trying to get him forward more. We lost a little bit of our focus when Bobby went off. That disrupted us somewhat. But we are pleased with an away point and will build on that."

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Topics:
John Pantsil
Fulham
Bobby Zamora
Football
Mark Hughes
Premier League
Derby County
Dickson Etuhu
Luke Varney
Mark Hughes
Blackpool

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