x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Campbell is on the double

DJ Campbell returned to haunt Steve Bruce as Blackpool became just the second team to win a Barclays Premier League game at the Stadium of Light in 2010 and leave their manager Ian Holloway in ecstasy.

DJ Campbell returned to haunt Steve Bruce as Blackpool became just the second team to win a Barclays Premier League game at the Stadium of Light in 2010 and leave their manager Ian Holloway in ecstasy.

Bruce had given Campbell his first chance in the Premier League during his time as Birmingham boss, but saw his former charge produce a 52nd-minute volley and a late second goal which handed the Seasiders their fifth league win on the road this season.

The result saw Blackpool move up to eighth, and Holloway admitted he was surprised with how well his side were coping with life in the Premier League.

"They amaze me week in and week out," he said.

"We rode our luck a little bit but we are absolutely delighted. I can't thank the lads enough for their efforts.

"I'm on cloud nine."

Sunderland were left to reflect on failing to take an array of first-half opportunities as Darren Bent and Asamoah Gyan both wasted good chances.

And that proved costly as Campbell gave Blackpool the lead seven minutes after the restart as he volleyed home after Ian Evatt had flicked on a Neil Eardley centre.

Sunderland tried to hit back and Bent saw his free-kick come off the woodwork, but their fate was sealed in stoppage time as Campbell got the end of a Matt Phillips cross to net.

A miserable day for Sunderland was capped by injuries to Nedum Onuoha and Gyan, and Steve Bruce blamed the knocks on playing 48 hours after losing at Manchester United.

"When you're as fit as these lads are, asking them to play again 48 hours after playing at Old Trafford is ludicrous," the Sunderland manager complained.