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Holloway proud of Blackpool players after win at Newcastle

Ian Holloway was delighted with his Blackpool players after victory at Newcastle United.

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 victory at St James' Park.

Their manager, not a man usually lost for words, was left struggling for new superlatives after the game.

Asked if he was delighted, Holloway said: "That's an understatement, my friend.

"I am more than delighted with that. 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 today.

"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."

Keeper Matt Gilks was the hero as he produced a string of superb saves to deny Newcastle an equaliser after Charlie Adam had given the visitors a 45th-minute lead from the penalty spot.

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