Holloway praises Southern strength

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Blackpool boss Ian Holloway hailed Keith Southern's mental strength after watching his captain for the day marshal the Tangerines to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday - just two months after having a tumour removed from one of his testicles.

The 30-year-old, playing his first match since November, received a rapturous ovation at Bloomfield Road as Blackpool claimed an FA Cup fourth-round replay thanks to Kevin Phillips' last-gasp penalty. The Owls afforded Southern little courtesy and took the lead through Clinton Morrison while he was lying injured with a nasty-looking gash on his ankle.

But Holloway believes it is a measure of the man that he did not even want treatment to the injury. He said: "I gave him the captaincy because he thoroughly deserves it and now he's gone and got another cut - life is a funny thing. He's got somewhere to slip his pyjamas now, I've never seen a gash like it, it's a great big hole."

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