Holloway proud of Blackpool

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway paid tribute to his players after watching them claim another priceless Barclays Premier League away win at Newcastle.

Barely 24 hours after they had been told about the stroke that had left 42-year-old youth team coach Gary Parkinson fighting for his life, Holloway's men battled their way to a gritty 2-0 victory at St James' Park.

Asked if he was delighted, Holloway said: "That's an understatement, my friend. I am more than delighted with that."

He added: "If there was a better word than delighted, I would like to think about it now and say it.

"I might make my own up - phantasmagorical, whatever.

"If you think about the end of last season, the trouncing we got here, if you look at how short a period of time it is, if you look at the quality they have got, I am absolutely delighted.

"My boys get stronger and better all the time and I have got to be careful that I don't burst with pride about them because we had the worst day ever yesterday in my football management.

"One of my staff is ill - I had to tell the young lads, cancel their game, I had to tell our boys and I couldn't be more proud of a group who even paid tribute to Parky on their shirts.

"If I had known that, I would have gone mad because I wouldn't have pre-empted scoring a goal here, but I am very glad that we stick together."

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