Holloway hits out over Charlie’s Bale tackle

Charlie Adam celebrates his goal at White Hart Lane on Saturday
Charlie Adam celebrates his goal at White Hart Lane on Saturday
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POOL manager Ian Holloway has leapt to the defence of Charlie Adam for his role in the incident that led to Tottenham Hotspurs’ Gareth Bale being stretchered off.

The Wales international went down clutching his left ankle after being sandwiched by Keith Southern and Adam.

The Seasiders skipper certainly caught Bale, but Holloway hit back at suggestions his player had done it deliberately.

That suggestion came from former England manager Kevin Keegan who, in his role as ESPN pundit, claimed that the midfielder looked to have meant to injure Bale.

“Charlie almost came here so why would he want to hurt anybody?” Holloway said. “He hasn’t got it in him. At this level, the game is so quick.

“Charlie tried to get there and it was genuine so I’m disappointed Kevin says that.

“He is entitled to his own opinion but I totally disagree with it.”

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp conceded winger Gareth Bale’s injury looked bad but was not sure of the severity of the injury, which resulted in the withdrawal of Bale in the 62nd minute.

The Wales international went down clutching his left ankle after being sandwiched by Keith Southern and Charlie Adam, before subsequently being stretchered off.

The injury looked serious and Bale was seen leaving White Hart Lane with a protective boot on his left ankle.

The club have said Bale will have the injury scanned today, and Redknapp is hoping for the best.

“He has done his ankle, it looks quite bad,” he said.

“We are not sure whether he has done his ligament or something. They are checking up on him but it is quite swollen.

“It looked a bad challenge, to be fair. But that is how it goes.

He added: “They will scan him for sure and see how it is.

“It might not be so bad. He might have done his ligament, it may just be a twist. I don’t know, we’ll have to wait and see.”