Ollie plays down Adam factor
Ian Holloway says Blackpool are not all about Charlie Adam as they prepare for Spurs without their captain.
Last Updated: 17/12/10 6:06pm
Ian Holloway insists Blackpool are not all about Charlie Adam as they prepare to face Tottenham without their captain on Sunday.
Much attention has been focused on skipper Adam this season, with the Scotland midfielder notching four goals in all competitions after helping Pool to promotion from the Championship last term.
He will miss Sunday's home clash against in-form Spurs as he serves a one-match ban having picked up his fifth booking of the campaign last weekend against Stoke.
But Holloway is adamant the Seasiders, who have defied expectation by collecting 22 points from their opening 16 Premier League games to sit 10th in the table, are no one-man band.
"All you lot are making him out to be some sort of genius," the manager said at Friday's press conference.
"I think he's a good lad and a good player, but if you ask him, he is only as good as the players he gets the ball from and gives it back to.
"I thought we played brilliantly against Aston Villa (in November) even though we lost 3-2, and he only played the last few minutes in that game.
"If I lose David Vaughan, I might have a problem then - you never run midfield on your own.
"I used to help Ray Wilkins sometimes (at QPR) by tackling people while he passed it, and when it was said that Wilkins ran the midfield I didn't like that.
"So I don't like the fact that Charlie Adam gets all our credit. I'll be looking forward to whoever I pick going out there and trying to play their own game.
"None of them are Charlie, he is a unique individual, but so are all of my players, so let's see what we can do without him."