Adam fully focused on staying up

Charlie Adam gets his picture taken with pupils at Palatine School.
Charlie Adam gets his picture taken with pupils at Palatine School.
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TOMORROW’S opponents Blackburn don’t hold fond memories for Charlie Adam.

The Seasiders skipper headed into his own net when Rovers sneaked a 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road in September .

It was the one clanger in an otherwise terrific maiden Premier League season for the Scotland midfielder. But Adam isn’t the type to fret about things like that and the Seasiders talisman is just delighted to be back after two games on the sidelines.

The 25-year-old said: “The suspension means I haven’t played for a while and it will be good to get out on a pitch again.

“I don’t like missing any games but I suppose the break allowed me to have a little breather, and I’m feeling fresh and raring to go. I played a reserve game to keep me ticking over and hopefully, if selected tomorrow, I can help the team get the three points we are after.”

Adam smiled when the own goal was mentioned but team-mate Ian Evatt says there is no way it will affect Pool’s captain.

Evatt said: “No-one has mentioned Charlie’s own goal in training this week. There has been no mickey-taking.

“Everyone makes mistakes. That was nothing and Charlie will never do that again. We are just looking to go and put on a good performance and try to get the first of the two or three wins we need to stay up.

“Having Charlie back is great because he is a massive player for us.”

Adam has been joined by Stephen Crainey in the Scotland squad to face Brazil at Arsenal next weekend – a second consecutive call-up for the left-back.