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Adam survived a penalty shout when flooring Park inside the box and Mike Dean was also unmoved when Berbatov was barged to the deck by Alex Baptiste.
A disputed free-kick award proved the Reds’ undoing when Nemanja Vidic tangled with Taylor-Fletcher. The hosts felt offside had been given when Dean whistled but the decision went in Blackpool’s favour and Adam took full advantage. The Scotland international’s free-kick curled away from Edwin van der Sar and found the net via the Dutchman’s left-hand post.
It was the first goal the Reds have conceded at home in the first half all league season and provided Holloway’s side with a timely boost.
After Chris Smalling replaced Rafael at the break, the visitors enjoyed a good spell of pressure at the start of the second half. When Vidic was guilty of a blatant foul on the edge of the area, Adam opted for pace on this occasion and his free-kick was swatted away by Van der Sar.
There was concern for Patrice Evra when he appeared to hurt an ankle but the Frenchman was able to continue and saw Berbatov head Nani’s corner over the top.
With 57 minutes on the clock, David Vaughan broke forward and played a one-two with Jason Puncheon before crossing for Taylor-Fletcher to touch home off the far post and celebrate what looked a crucial goal in front of the away fans. The Seasiders were in dreamland but the lead only lasted five minutes. Anderson intelligently picked out Park on the left and made his way into the box to sweep home the South Korean’s accurate cross.
With Michael Owen on for Park, the Reds upped the tempo and Berbatov forced a spectacular save out of Gilks from an Evra centre with Scholes’ volleyed rebound blocked by Evatt. Although Adam advanced forward to crash a shot