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Brighton 6 Blackpool 1 – match report: Ashley Barnes scores twice on return

Brighton 6 Blackpool 1: Barnes bags brace as high-flying Seagulls dominate

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16:46 GMT, 20 April 2013

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17:14 GMT, 20 April 2013

Ashley Barnes scored twice on his return from a seven-match suspension as Brighton thumped Blackpool to extended their unbeaten run to seven matches.

Will Buckley put his side ahead in the ninth minute before Matt Upson scored his first goal in a Brighton shirt from six yards out 14 minutes later.

Andrea Orlandi made it 3-0 in the 45th minute before David Lopez scored straight after the half-time break. Dean Hammond's own goal made it 4-1 before Barnes added two late goals on his return.

Back with a bang: Ashley Barnes scored twice on his return from suspension in Brighton's 6-1 win

Back with a bang: Ashley Barnes scored twice on his return from suspension in Brighton's 6-1 win

MATCH FACTS

Brighton: Kuszczak (Ankergren 64), Calderon, Greer, Upson, Bridge (Saltor 66), Bridcutt, Hammond, Lopez, Barnes, Orlandi, Buckley (LuaLua 72).

Subs Not Used: El-Abd, Crofts, Vicente, Ulloa.

Booked: Greer.

Goals: Buckley 9, Upson 23, Orlandi 45, Lopez 46, Barnes 76, 90.

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham (Taylor-Fletcher 46), Broadfoot, Sylvestre, Ferguson, MacKenzie, Phillips (Eccleston 89), Ince, Delfouneso, Taylor-Fletcher (Derbyshire 71).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Cathcart, Martinez.

Booked: Ince.

Goals: Hammond 53 og.

Att: 28,499

Ref: Tony Bates (Staffordshire).

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The hosts were boosted by the return
of striker Barnes who came back from a seven-match ban he picked up for
appearing to trip referee Nigel Miller in his side's 1-0 defeat to
Bolton in March.

Winger Buckley came in following his
recovery from a hamstring injury, with Leonardo Ulloa and Andrew Crofts
making way for the duo. Blackpool boss Paul Ince made no changes to the
side who played out a goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday in
mid-week.

The Seagulls were quickest out of the
blocks with Buckley causing Blackpool's defenders all sorts of problems
in the early stages. The former Rochdale man tried his luck from range
in the opening minute but his effort was gobbled up by Tangerines
stopper Matt Gilks.

Brighton defender Gordon Greer picked
up a booking in the seventh minute when he felled Nathan Delfouneso to
halt the visitors' counter-attack. Gus Poyet's men continued to dominate
and it came as no surprise when they broke deadlock in the ninth
minute.

Brighton poured forward in numbers
and Barnes played the ball forward to Buckley, who cut inside before
curling the ball high into the corner of the net from 20 yards out,
leaving Gilks stranded.

Further misery was piled onto
Blackpool in the 23rd minute when Orlandi's fantastic cross was headed
back across goal by Inigo Calderon and Upson bundled the ball home from
close range to make it 2-0.

Join the party: Matthew Upson was among the scorers for Brighton in their massive victory

Join the party: Matthew Upson was among the scorers for Brighton in their massive victory

Join the party: Matthew Upson was among the scorers for Brighton in their massive victory

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Brighton continued to attack, with
Barnes having three good opportunities to extend his side's lead in the
space of six first-half minutes. Albion made it 3-0 on the brink of
half-time when Orlandi played a wonderful one-two with Lopez before
finding the bottom corner of Gilks' net with a neat finish with the
outside of his foot.

Brighton began the second half as
they ended the first and Lopez made it four within two minutes of the
re-start. Barnes flicked the ball on to Lopez on the edge of the box and
his deflected effort went into the roof of the net.

Tom Ince had a couple of
opportunities to get on the scoresheet in the early stages of the second
half but it was Matt Phillips who set up his side's goal. The former
Wycombe winger launched the ball into the area in the 53rd minute and
his cross was turned into his own net by Hammond.

Kuszczak was replaced by Casper
Ankergren in the 64th minute after the Polish goalkeeper clashed heads
with Blackpool substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

Brighton made two further
substitutions with Kazenga LuaLua and Bruno Saltor replacing Buckley and
Wayne Bridge respectively. LuaLua made an instant impact four minutes
after coming on when he crossed for Barnes to tap in from close range to
make it 5-1.

Barnes made it six in the 90th minute when he stroked the ball home from Orlandi's cross.

Well beaten: Blackpool's Kirk Broadfoot and Matt Phillips look glum during their thrashing

Well beaten: Blackpool's Kirk Broadfoot and Matt Phillips look glum during their thrashing

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Nathan Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

Huddersfield 1 Blackpool 1: Delfouneso injury-time strike denies Terriers

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Substitute Nathan Delfouneso struck deep in stoppage time for Blackpool to deny Huddersfield a first win in eight games as an entertaining npower Championship clash finished 1-1 at the John Smith's Stadium.

Anthony Gerrard's first goal for the club looked to have ended Huddersfield's barren run but the Seasiders were excellent value for at least a point.

The visitors bombarded their opponent's goal for an hour, but a combination of bad luck and poor finishing looked like giving the Terriers a first clean sheet since their last victory against Barnsley back on November 10.

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Late: Delfouneso rescued a point for Blackpool with an injury-time strike

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Woods (Wallace 52), Scannell (Hammill 81), Southern, Norwood (Atkinson 52), Clayton, Vaughan, Beckford.

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Novak, Church, Arfield.

Goals: Gerrard 66.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Crainey, Basham, Gomes (Kevin Phillips 86), Osbourne, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 81), Thomas (Delfouneso 70).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Martinez, Harris.

Booked: Osbourne, Baptiste.

Goals: Delfouneso 90.

Att: 16,832

Ref: Nigel Miller (Durham).

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Blackpool should have been out of sight by half-time, with the home side unable to find a method of breaking up their stylish attacking play.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher wasted two glorious openings in the first 90 seconds against his former club. Chris Basham played him in with the first move of the game, but the 31-year-old miscued his shot high and wide with only goalkeeper Alex Smithies to beat.

Moments later good work down the left from Wes Thomas provided Taylor-Fletcher with a free header six yards out but he nodded wide.

Liverpool target Thomas Ince played in Tiago Gomes after six minutes, but the Portuguese midfielder had his effort blocked by home captain Peter Clarke.

A minute later Ince played glorious one-twos with Gomes and Taylor-Fletcher as the visitors broke from halfway, but the winger fired over from the edge of the box.

Thomas drilled wide after 14 minutes as Blackpool's relentless pressure continued, while Huddersfield's best moment of the first half came when Sean Scannell's low cross deflected to the feet of James Vaughan, only for the Norwich loanee to fail to get the ball under control allowing Blackpool to clear their lines.

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

Header: Anthony Gerrard gave the home side the lead midway through the second half

The best chance of the opening 45 minutes came on 19 minutes when midfielder Isaiah Osbourne powerfully bundled past two Huddersfield defenders only to skew his shot wide from six yards.

Clarke's miscued clearance fell to Osbourne and Ince played in Thomas, who curled over from 12 yards, while moments later Alex Baptiste fluffed his lines when a Stephen Crainey corner fell to him in the six-yard box and the right-back shot harmlessly over the crossbar.

Ince finally managed to beat Smithies five minutes before half-time, but full-back Calum Woods was on hand to clear off the line, before Anthony Gerrard turned Alex Baptiste's cross just wide of his own post.

Blackpool continued to press after the break – the lively Thomas cutting from the left and curling a 20-yard effort which Smithies did well to turn behind.

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Drought: Huddersfield were denied their first win in eight games

Huddersfield gradually began to display some attacking threat, and Jermaine Beckford – having extended his loan from Everton on Christmas Eve – should have celebrated with a goal when he headed Jack Hunt's deep cross wide from five yards just after the hour mark.

Gerrard made Blackpool pay for their profligacy on 66 minutes when he rose highest to head home Adam Clayton's corner.

Blackpool's previous attacking threat quickly wilted after that and the home side might have added a second as they grew in confidence – Beckford almost finding the net with an audacious effort from 30 yards 10 minutes from time.

But late on Ince showed why Liverpool are eager to land the 20-year-old in January as he wove past two players to get to the by-line and cut back for Delfouneso, who made no mistake from six yards.

Blackpool 2 Blackburn 0 match report: Wes Thomas and Kirk Broadfoot put Henning Berg under more pressure

Blackpool 2 Blackburn 0: Appleton's unbeaten run goes on but it's more gloom for Berg

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17:25 GMT, 15 December 2012

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Blackpool netted a goal in each half to see off Blackburn and maintain boss Michael Appleton's unbeaten start to life at Bloomfield Road.

Rovers had more than their fair share of chances in the first half but Wes Thomas had headed Blackpool in front by the time Simon Vukcevic rattled the post for the visitors.

Henning Berg's side were unable to muster anything like a similar threat in a second half of few chances, and switched off late on to let former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot net a first Seasiders goal.

Advantage Blackpool: Wes Thomas hit the first at Bloomfield Road

Advantage Blackpool: Wes Thomas hit the first at Bloomfield Road

Match facts

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Cathcart, Harris, Osbourne, Gomes, Martinez, Delfouneso, Thomas (Taylor-Fletcher 69), Ince (Dicko 82). Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Kevin Phillips, Noguera, Bruna.

Goals: Thomas 22, Broadfoot 81.

Blackburn: Kean, Henley, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Vukcevic (Rochina 74), Lowe, Etuhu, King, Rhodes, Kazim-Richards. Subs not used: Robinson, Dunn, Pedersen, Grant Hanley, Ribeiro, Rosado.

Booked: King.

Att: 15,907.

Ref: Graham Scott.

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Appleton has now masterminded two
wins from three outings, having begun his tenure as Ian Holloway's
replacement with four consecutive draws.

The result moves Blackpool three
points and four places above Blackburn, who are floundering in 15th
place in the npower Championship having won once during Berg's nine
matches at the helm.

Bob Harris enjoyed his second start
of the season for Blackpool at left-back in place of the suspended
Steven Crainey, while Gary Taylor-Fletcher was named among the
substitutes after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Berg sprung a surprise by dropping
former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson and naming Jake Kean in his
starting XI – one of four changes to the Blackburn side thrashed 4-1 by
Cardiff eight days ago as Gael Givet, Colin Kazim-Richards and Vukcevic
earned recalls.

Blackpool were perhaps surprised by
the sight of on-loan Galatasaray forward Kazim-Richards launching a
long-throw in the second minute and Vukcevic was allowed space to fire
over.

The visitors were quickest out of the
blocks and Seasiders defender Craig Cathcart required a last-ditch
challenge to deny Jordan Rhodes from Kazim-Richards' cross, before Matt
Gilks made saves in quick succession to thwart Rhodes and Vukcevic.

Opening his account: Kirk Broadfoot (back right) nods Blackpool's second - his first for the club since joining from Rangers

Opening his account: Kirk Broadfoot (back right) nods Blackpool's second – his first for the club since joining from Rangers

It was therefore against the run of
play when Nathan Delfouneso crossed from the left for Thomas to glance
in with the assistance of a statuesque Blackburn defence in the 24th
minute.

Dickson Etuhu had a chance to bring
Blackburn level after the half hour but shot wide from Josh King's
clipped cross as Blackpool failed to fully clear a corner.

Kean was nearly caught out by a
clever Tiago Gomes free-kick from the left before Scott Dann produced a
vital block to divert an Ince effort at the end of a solo run into the
side netting.

But it was almost all-square at the break as Vukcevic rattled the post with a shot on the turn.

Kazim-Richards and Thomas both hobbled back into the action following injury scares during a scrappy start to the second half.

England Under 21 winger Ince appeared
the most likely source of extending Blackpool's lead and, after
breaking free of the Rovers defence to test Kean low to his right, he
exchanged passes with Harris for the latter to fire over in the 65th
minute.

Harris managed to extend Kean when
the Rovers keeper pushed a rasping free-kick behind, but the points were
made safe from the resulting corner.

Gomes' outswinging delivery from the right found Broadfoot to thump home unmarked with nine minutes to play.

Givet thought he had a consolation
but was flagged offside before Dann almost compounded Rovers' misery by
heading against his own post in stoppage time.

Crystal Palace 2 Blackpool 2: Nouha Dicko scores late equaliser for Blackpool

Crystal Palace 2 Blackpool 2: Holloway in a rage over Dicko's late equaliser

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17:34 GMT, 8 December 2012

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21:09 GMT, 8 December 2012

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway hit out at the reaction of the Blackpool bench after Nouha Dicko's last-minute goal ensured his old club a dramatic draw.

Holloway left Blackpool only five weeks ago to take charge at promotion-chasing Palace, and his new side appeared on course for the win when Glenn Murray and Owen Garvan overturned Nathan Delfouneso's first-half opener.

Last gasp: Nouha Dicko celebrates the equaliser for Blackpool

Last gasp: Nouha Dicko celebrates the equaliser for Blackpool

Match facts

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Blake (Moritz 56), Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Bolasie (Moxey 90), Jedinak, Murray. Subs Not Used: Price, Wilbraham, Easter, O'Keefe, Gabbidon.

Yellow cards: Bolasie, Blake, Jedinak.

Scorers: Garvan 52, Murray 64.

Blackpool: Gilks, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Cathcart, Crainey, Martinez (Sylvestre 73), Gomes (Dicko 73), Osbourne, Ince, Thomas, Delfouneso (Kevin Phillips 88). Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Eccleston.

Yellow cards: Martinez, Crainey, Cathcart, Baptiste, Dicko.

Scorers: Delfouneso 37, Dicko 89.

Att: 15,594

Ref: Keith Stroud (Hampshire)

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But Dicko came off the bench to
equalise, prompting celebrations in the dug-out that Holloway believes
went too far in the case of one of Michael Appleton's backroom staff.

The Palace manager said: 'They were
delighted at the end, but I didn't like the reaction of one of the men
on their bench. One of the new fellas looked straight at me when they
equalised. It's a war out there, and I carried my shield very proudly.

'He didn't stare me out. No one can
stare me out. I know Michael wouldn't have done something like that,
he's got more about him than that. But I didn't look round at them when
we scored, did I

'It was not easy to play down the
emotion. I was at Blackpool a long time and had great times. But you
have to move on. I heard them singing “What's the score” to me when
they were winning, but that wasn't happening when we were 2-1 up!'

Blackpool boss Appleton, now unbeaten in six games since succeeding Holloway, dismissed his opposite number's concern.

Levelling up: Owen Garvan scores for Crystal Palace

Levelling up: Owen Garvan scores for Crystal Palace

He said: 'I was probably celebrating when the goal went in.

'But you're talking about looking at
people. What are we supposed to do, keep our heads down I think maybe
Ian was being a little bit tongue in cheek.'

Delfouneso headed Blackpool ahead in
the 17th minute from Tom Ince's cross and the vistors reached the
half-time interval on top.

Opening salvo: Nathan Delfouneso celebrates scoring Blackpool's first goalates scoring Blackpool's first goal

Opening salvo: Nathan Delfouneso celebrates scoring Blackpool's first goal

But Palace responded strongly after
the break, levelling in the 53rd minute when Garvan headed home from
Yannick Bolasie's cross before Murray headed his 18th league goal of the
season in the 65th minute.

The home side appeared on course for
victory until Wes Thomas' low cross was turned home by Dicko, and
Appleton believes his side deserved a draw.

Heading in: Owen Garvin scores for Crystal Palace

Heading in: Owen Garvin scores for Crystal Palace

He added: 'I'm sure some players get
themselves up for different games – former managers or clubs – and I
thought we dealt with them reasonably well. I would have been
desperately disappointed not to take anything out of the game after
having played so well in the first half.

'I knew they would improve in the second half, and it was difficult for 10 or 15 minutes in the second half.

'But just before we got an
equaliser, you could see a bit of momentum building. And once we got
that, I thought we could have gone on and got the winner.'

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4 – match report:

Peterborough 1 Blackpool 4: Inspired Ince turns on style to put sorry Posh to the sword

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17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

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Thomas Ince scored two and created another to propel Blackpool to a 4-1 win against lowly Peterborough at London Road.

Wes Thomas opened the scoring for the visitors before Ince, who provided the cross for the first goal, made it 2-0 from the spot.

Dwight Gayle grabbed one back for Posh, but goals from Nouha Dicko and a second for Ince sealed the points for Blackpool late on.

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

Inspired: Tom Ince scored two and set up another

MATCH FACTS

Peterborough: Olejnik, Alcock (Rowe 58), Brisley, Little (Ferdinand 78), McCann, Newell, Knight-Percival, Thorne, Tomlin, Boyd (Swanson 55), Gayle

Subs not used: Day, Zakuani, Kearns, Gordon-Hutton

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Baptiste, Basham, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Gomes, Osbourne (Dicko 80), Ince, Thomas (K Phillips 87), Delfouneso (Angel 80)

Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Harris, Sylvestre

Referee: Webb

Attendance: 5,633

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Posh started the day rooted to the
bottom of the npower Championship after a dismal November, which saw
them beaten on five occasions as they picked up only a single point away
at Ipswich.

Blackpool were also looking to end a
winless run, with Appleton picking up four straight draws since starting
his tenure at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders took the early
initiative, with Craig Cathcart's header from six yards drawing the
first save of the match from Robert Olejnik after a decent free-kick was
whipped in from just outside the box by Ince.

They continued to press as Tiago Gomes blasted a speculative effort from 30 yards that went just over the bar.

But Posh fired Appleton's side a
warning shot shortly afterwards as George Boyd found himself clean
through on goal and his left-footed strike forced Matt Gilks into a fine
save with his feet.

Two minutes into the second half
Blackpool's Chris Basham picked up a yellow card for a foul on Mark
Little as Peterborough started well. It was his fifth booking of the
season so he will miss the trip to Crystal Palace next week.

Before long the away side began to exert themselves on proceedings again, taking the lead in the 51st minute through Thomas.

Ince, a constant threat, played a delightful ball from the left-hand side which Thomas met perfectly to send it past Olejnik.

Appleton's side had their tails up now
and their second goal arrived from the spot after Thomas was brought
down by Shaun Brisley in the 57th minute.

Ince stepped up to send the keeper the wrong way and score in the bottom-left corner.

Posh came back at Blackpool, throwing
everything they had at them, and they were rewarded when Gayle pounced
on a back-pass from Alex Baptiste to pull one back in the 70th minute.

But any hopes of a comeback were
dashed 12 minutes later as Dicko slid in to connect with Angel
Martinez's cross and make it 3-1.

Blackpool were not done as Ince capped
off a fine individual performance with a superb strike from 20 yards
that sailed into the top-left corner.

Cardiff 3 Blackpool 0: Bluebirds keep pressure on at the top

Cardiff 3 Blackpool 0: Bluebirds keep pressure on at the top

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A brace by defender Matthew Connolly helped Cardiff maintain their 100 per cent home record in the npower Championship with a 3-0 victory over Blackpool, who have now recorded just one win in their last five matches.

Both sides looked to attack in the early stages, but it was the Bluebirds who broke the deadlock with a Matthew Connolly strike from close range in the 17th minute.

Not this time: Blackpool's Nathan Eccleston tries to get past Andrew Taylor

Not this time: Blackpool's Nathan Eccleston tries to get past Andrew Taylor

Match facts

CARDIFF: Marshall, McNaughton, Taylor, Hudson, Connolly, Whittingham, Noone, Gunnarsson, Smith (Mason 25), Helguson (Cowie 81), Bellamy (Kim Bo-Kyung 72).

Subs Not Used: Lewis, Turner, Kiss, Velikonja.

Goals: Connolly 17, 57, Whittingham 27

BLACKPOOL: Gilks, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Robertson (Osbourne 59), M Phillips, Sylvestre (Delfouneso 58), Angel, K Phillips, Dicko (Eccleston 61).

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Eardley, Gomes, Ferguson

Booked: Crainey, Evatt

Referee: Carl Boyeson

Att: 21,216

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Peter Whittingham doubled the lead
10 minutes later with a free-kick from the edge of the area, before
Connolly sealed the three points for the hosts by heading home a Craig
Bellamy corner.

Blackpool, who were without Thomas
Ince and Gary Taylor-Fletcher for the trip to South Wales, made seven
changes from the side that lost to Huddersfield earlier in the week, but
Ian Holloway's men produced a toothless performance.

It was the home side who carved out
the more threatening chances early on, with Craig Bellamy having the
first real attempt at goal in the fifth minute.

However, his low drive from the
right-hand side of the penalty area was collected comfortably at the
near post by Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

In an end-to-end first 15 minutes,
Blackpool also created their fair share of chances, including a
long-range effort from Matt Phillips, but they were unable to apply the
finish when it mattered.

It was the Bluebirds who broke the
deadlock after 17 minutes as Connolly met a Bellamy cross to fire the
ball into the back of the net from the edge of the six-yard box.

Cardiff doubled their lead just 10
minutes later when Peter Whittingham fired a sensational free-kick into
the bottom-left corner of the goal from 18 yards.

Kevin Phillips had the chance to
reduce the deficit for Blackpool in the 32nd minute, but the striker's
effort from close range cleared the crossbar.

Wales international Bellamy forced
Gilks into a superb diving save on the stroke of half-time, sparing
Blackpool the misery of going in at the break three goals down.

Falling for it: Blackpool's Scott Robinson (left) takes the ball past Aron Gunnarsson

Falling for it: Blackpool's Scott Robinson (left) takes the ball past Aron Gunnarsson

However, the Tangerines' reprieve did
not last long, as, shortly after half-time, defender Connolly doubled
his tally for the match by sending the home team further in front with a
headed effort from a Bellamy corner.

Holloway had used all of his
substitutes by the hour mark as he tried to salvage something from the
match, but his players continued to struggle to breach the Cardiff
defence.

Bellamy, who looked dangerous
throughout, almost grabbed a goal of his own midway through the half,
but his effort whistled over the crossbar from the edge of the area.

Matt Phillips hit the post for the
visitors in the 74th minute, before an injury time Stephen Crainey
free-kick hit the crossbar on an afternoon the Seasiders would rather
forget.

Brechin 1 Rangers 2

Brechin 1 Rangers 2: Late McCulloch strike earns McCoist's men historic first win

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Rangers needed an extra-time winner from Lee McCulloch to see off Brechin and advance to the second round of the Ramsdens Cup.

The visitors, playing their first game as a 'new' club, went ahead through Andrew Little after just four minutes but Andy Jackson levelled shortly before the break.

But as the game headed towards penalties, veteran Lee McCulloch grabbed the all-important winner.

More to follow…

New era: Rangers take the field for their cup tie with Brechin at Glebe Park

New era: Rangers take the field for their cup tie with Brechin at Glebe Park

MATCH FACTS

Brechin: Andrews, McLean, Moyes, McLauchlan, Brown, Ryan Stewart (Jonathan Stewart 82), Brady, Molloy, Carcary (Dalziel 62), McKenna (Fusco 111), Jackson.

Subs Not Used: Nelson,Murdoch.

Booked: Ryan Stewart,McLean,Moyes.

Goals: Jackson 43.

Rangers: Alexander, Goian, Bocanegra, Broadfoot, Wallace, McKay (Naismith 96), Black, Hutton, Macleod, Little (Crawford 111), McCulloch.

Subs Not Used: Gallacher,Cole.

Booked: Little,Black.

Goals: Little 4,McCulloch 102.

Att: 4,123

Ref: George Salmond (Scotland).

Not quite what you're used to Rangers boss Ally McCoist salutes the travelling fans

Not quite what you're used to Rangers boss Ally McCoist salutes the travelling fans

Message: Rangers fans protest at the handling of their club's fall from grace

Message: Rangers fans protest at the handling of their club's fall from grace

Off and running: Andrew Little fires Rangers in front against Brechin

Off and running: Andrew Little fires Rangers in front against Brechin

Here we go: Little (centre) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Rangers

Here we go: Little (centre) celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal for Rangers

Level pegging: Andy Jackson scores the equaliser for Brechin against Rangers

Level pegging: Andy Jackson scores the equaliser for Brechin against Rangers

Back in it: Jackson celebrates with his team-mates after grabbing the equaliser

Back in it: Jackson celebrates with his team-mates after grabbing the equaliser

Rangers 0 Motherwell 0: McCoist wraps up sorry season Ibrox with Steelmen draw

Rangers 0 Motherwell 0: Sorry Gers wrap up final home game with Steelmen draw

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Rangers' final game at Ibrox this season ended in stalemate as they were held to a goalless draw by Motherwell in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The club had dedicated the match to the fans – with the number 12 jersey to be retired from next season in honour of the support – but the Light Blues faithful left without the win they craved.

As well as taking a point from this clash, third-placed Motherwell also claim the Champions League spot which has been denied administration-hit Rangers next term.

Stalemate: Neither side could find a way through to seal the three points

Stalemate: Neither side could find a way through to seal the three points

MATCH FACTS

Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian (Perry 30), Bocanegra, Whittaker, Edu, McCabe (Bedoya 66), Ness (Little 66), Wallace, Aluko, McCulloch.

Subs not used: Alexander, Broadfoot, Healy, Mitchell.

Booked: Ness

Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Clancy, Hammell, Humphrey, Jennings, Lasley, Law, Ojamaa (McHugh 84), Murphy.

Subs not used: Hollis, Saunders, Craigan, Daley, Forbes, Carswell.

Booked: Hutchinson

Referee: William Collum (Scotland)

Rangers made one change from the side who thrashed Dundee United 5-0 midweek for the visit of Well.

Salim Kerkar missed out with an ankle
problem and was replaced by Lee McCulloch, who recovered from the knock
that restricted him to a late substitute appearance against United.

Motherwell also made a single change after beating Hearts, with Henrik Ojamaa replacing the injured Michael Higdon.

Rangers had the best of the chances
early on and Sone Aluko set up McCulloch for the shot inside the box in
the opening minutes but his effort was blocked by Tom Hateley.

Kyle Bartley then had a go from the
edge of the area but goalkeeper Darren Randolph was untroubled as the
shot dipped just over the crossbar.

The home side continued to push
forward in search of the opener and McCulloch's cutback was collected by
Aluko but his tame shot was gathered by Randolph.

Rangers were forced to make a change
after just half an hour when Dorin Goian limped off, with what looked
like a knee problem, and was replaced by Ross Perry.

Motherwell then carved out a couple of
half-chances and Ojamaa did well to round goalkeeper Allan McGregor but
opted to play the pass rather than have a shot at goal himself.

Heads up: rangers season is ending with a whimper on the field

Heads up: rangers season is ending with a whimper on the field

Heads up: rangers season is ending with a whimper on the field

With five goals to enjoy on Wednesday
night, Rangers fans grew restless as the home side failed to convert
their superior possession into a goal before the break.

Both teams looked livelier after the
restart and Steven Whittaker tested Randolph, before McGregor was called
into action to block a low shot from Keith Lasley.

Whittaker then attempted to turn provider with a cross for McCulloch but the big utility man nodded wide of target.

Motherwell had a decent chance when
Chris Humphrey burst into the box and tried to set up the shot for Jamie
Murphy in front of goal but Perry managed to clear the danger.

Credit due: McCoist salutes the Rangers fans as McCall encourages his players at Ibrox

Credit due: McCoist salutes the Rangers fans as McCall encourages his players at Ibrox

Credit due: McCoist salutes the Rangers fans as McCall encourages his players at Ibrox

At the other end, Randolph stood tall to block one on one from Lee Wallace.

Rangers made a double change when Andy
Little and Alejandro Bedoya were thrown into the action in place of
Jamie Ness and Rhys McCabe.

The Glasgow giants should have opened
the scoring when Aluko's corner was met by Carlos Bocanegra but Little
inadvertently blocked the header from finding the back of the net.

Maurice Edu pounced on the rebound but Randolph was up to the task again with another fine save.

Rangers claimed for a penalty when
Little went to ground in the box but the pleas were ignored by referee
Willie Collum as the match ended goalless.

Tribute: the Ibrox faithful say thanks to manager Ally McCoist

Tribute: the Ibrox faithful say thanks to manager Ally McCoist

Rangers 5 Dundee United 0: Five star Gers

Rangers 5 Dundee United 0: Five-star Gers put takeover doubts to one side at Ibrox

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UPDATED:

23:43 GMT, 2 May 2012

They dispatched Dundee United with the minimum of fuss. How Rangers must wish they could dismiss their off-field problems as easily.

After 20 minutes at Ibrox, Ally McCoist’s side were three goals ahead. Steven Whittaker opened the scoring before Sone Aluko struck twice in a clinical opening to the game.

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Game on: Jamie Ness celebrates after scoring Rangers' fourth goal against Dundee United

MATCH FACTS

Rangers: McGregor, Bartley, Goian, Bocanegra, Whittaker, Edu, McCabe, Ness (Broadfoot 61), Wallace, Aluko (Bedoya 75), Kerkar (McCulloch 81).

Subs Not Used: Alexander, Healy, Perry, Mitchell.

Booked: Edu.

Goals: Whittaker 6, Aluko 17, 20,Ness 57, Bedoya 84.

Dundee Utd: Pernis, Neilson, Dillon, Kenneth (Watson 46), Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven (Douglas 46), Daly, Russell (Dow 76).

Subs Not Used: Banks, Ryan, Swanson, Armstrong.

Attendance: 43,383

Referee: Alan Muir

The margin of victory did nothing to dismiss the very real doubts and fears swirling around a windswept old football stadium. It was sufficient, however, to create a degree of confusion. Namely, over which club was supposed to be chasing Champions League football and which was at death’s door.

This was a truly shambolic performance from United. Thanks to this heavy defeat, Motherwell will be representing Scotland in the second qualifying round of Europe’s premier competition and, on the basis of the defending here, Scottish football’s fragile coefficient is in safer hands.

So wretched was his display that Garry Kenneth was hauled from the pitch at half-time alongside Gary Mackay- Steven. In truth, Peter Houston could have hooked all 11 of his players and none could have complained.

Watching it all from the Bill Struth Stand were Brian Kennedy and Paul Murray of the Blue Knights. But rival Bill Miller, who is set to become preferred bidder today, was nowhere to be seen. Yet his spectre hung heavy over the clear Govan sky.

Bullet: Ness scores as Rangers secure second place in the Scottish Premier League

Bullet: Ness scores as Rangers secure second place in the Scottish Premier League

An impassioned plea from Rangers legend Sandy Jardine for fans to desist from divisive and unhelpful protests against the American proved unnecessary.

Such was the way in which Rangers started this game that all minds were focused on the football soon enough.

McCoist had marched his players on to the Ibrox pitch before their pre-match meal and delivered a rousing team talk following Sunday’s Old Firm defeat to Celtic. Irate with the standard of defending, the response to the Ibrox manager’s words were clear to see.

An early goal was sought and Whittaker duly delivered it. Receiving a lay-off from young Rhys McCabe on the right side of the penalty area, the defender simply passed the ball low beyond a static Dusan Pernis.

Protest: Rangers fan had their say at the administrators who are yet to name a preferred bidder

Protest: Rangers fan had their say at the administrators who are yet to name a preferred bidder

The keeper looked slow to react, but replays showed the ball take a wicked curl into the bottom corner.

From there on in, United simply imploded in catastrophic fashion. They were not entirely hapless, but it was a close thing.

Allan McGregor was required to produce a terrific save from a Kenneth free-kick in the opening minutes before the Scotland keeper tipped a rising effort from Mackay-Steven over the bar.

No one could have envisaged what came next. United had already won at Ibrox, knocking Rangers out of the Scottish Cup. With something to play for — more so, at least, than Rangers — they travelled to Govan with decent grounds for optimism.

As soon as they conceded a second goal in 18 minutes, the game was up.

Willo Flood failed to spot Mackay-Steven in acres of space on the left side, surrendering possession.

As Ness thumped the ball up the field, a poor Kenneth defensive header allowed Salim Kerkar to gather and lay the ball into the path of Aluko.

Thumbs up: Rangers boss Ally McCoist watched his side cruise to victory

Thumbs up: Rangers boss Ally McCoist watched his side cruise to victory

The wide man, one of the few bright spots of a torrid period, had but one thought in mind, lowering his head and running at pace at a panicked tangerine defence. Surging past Kenneth, he thumped the ball into the net with his left foot for 2-0.

He was at it again two minutes later, this time on the other side with the other foot. Racing between Kenneth and Scott Robertson at force, Aluko claimed his ninth goal since joining on a free transfer in January.

Speaking in the run-up to the game of the ‘romance’ of Rangers, Aluko expressed a desire to stay. If Kennedy, Miller or whoever grab control, they could do worse than take up the two-year option which would realise the Nigerian international’s wish.

Ending on a high: Ranger's Lee Wallace and Dundee United's Robbie Neilson fight for the ball

Ending on a high: Ranger's Lee Wallace and Dundee United's Robbie Neilson fight for the ball

For Peter Houston in the visiting technical area, all of this made for grim viewing. The mind of the Scotland assistant manager must have drifted back to his first game in charge, a 7-0 defeat at the same venue.

There were times, indeed, when it seemed history might repeat itself. Lee Wallace burst through a ruck of bodies in 33 minutes and produced a fine close-range save from Pernis. A Kerkar header from a Whittaker cross then landed straight into the arms of the Slovakian keeper as Rangers performed with momentum.

The half-time whistle came as a blessed relief for United, but offered no real hope of a reprieve. The arrival of Barry Douglas and Keith Watson improved the visitors, but only marginally.

Aluko could have had a hat-trick when he ghosted past an uncomfortable Paul Dixon and forced Pernis to save at his near post.

Yet few were under any illusion. Rangers looked capable of scoring at will and claimed a fourth in 57 minutes when Ness offered some hope for the future.

As surprised as anyone that he had escaped the concession of a penalty for a handball in the area, Sean Dillon made a mess of his clearance, gifting the ball to Ness on the edge of the box.
It still required a helpful ricochet but, after the misfortune suffered by the midfielder, he was due a break, slamming the ball into the net from 10 yards.

The sight of Bedoya, a largely unloved figure, slotting a superb Maurice Edu through ball into the net said much for how comfortable a night this was for Rangers.

They were entitled to enjoy it. Come this morning it’s back to the grim business of administration and survival.

Dundee United 2 Rangers 1: Terrors see off spirited Gers to continue Ibrox torment

Dundee United 2 Rangers 1: Terrors see off spirited Gers to continue Ibrox torment

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15:01 GMT, 17 March 2012

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UPDATED:

15:10 GMT, 17 March 2012

Rangers' woes show no signing of subsiding after they went down to Dundee United in their Clydesdale Bank Premier League clash at Tannadice.

The administration-hit and makeshift Ibrox side, weakened by injury and suspension, found themselves two down following United defender Keith Watson's wonderful first-half drive and a Jon Daly goal soon after the break.

A deflected strike by Rangers substitute Sone Aluko, on for debutant Andrew Mitchell, off John Rankin, brought the visitors back into the game but it proved to be a mere consolation for a club whose season is in danger of becoming traumatic on as well as off the park.

Clincher: John Daly beats Allan McGregor for United's second

Clincher: John Daly beats Allan McGregor for United's second

MATCH FACTS

Dundee Utd: Pernis, Watson, Dillon, Gunning, Dixon, Flood, Robertson, Rankin, Mackay-Steven (Armstrong 86), Russell (Ryan 86), Daly. Subs not used: Banks, Kenneth, Swanson, Douglas, Dow.

Booked: Watson, Gunning.

Scorers: Watson 37,Daly 47.

Rangers: McGregor, McCabe, Perry, McCulloch, Wallace, Mitchell (Aluko 51), Bedoya (Hemmings 83), Davis, Edu, Kerkar, Little. Subs not used: Alexander, Healy, Hegarty.

Booked: Mitchell, McCulloch, Perry, McCabe.

Scorer: Aluko 60.

Referee: Brian Winter.

Attendance: 9,464.

While the Ibrox club continue to
search for a new owner, manager Ally McCoist has to somehow see out the
season in a positive mode and his task was made no easier with six
defenders missing for the trip to Tayside.

Carlos Bocanegra and Dorin Goian were
suspended, Steven Whittaker (hernia), Kyle Bartley and Kirk Broadfoot
(both knee) are still sidelined and Sasa Papac had picked up a knock
leaving the visitors unable to fill the bench.

Midfielder Rhys McCabe, making only
his second appearance, dropped back to play right-back with Lee
McCulloch moving from centre forward to centre-half beside Ross Perry.

Maurice Edu returned from suspension
as Northern Ireland Under-21 player Mitchell made his debut with a rare
start for Alejandro Bedoya, his last appearance being last December
against Inverness.

In contrast, United only had
right-back Robbie Neilson suspended, his place taken by Watson who was
to prove the difference in the first half but not before Rangers had put
up a spirited show.

The Govan men looked disjointed in
the early stages with Andrew Little playing the lone striker's role but
there was plenty of tenacious enthusiasm.

Victory: United celebrate Daly's strike

Victory: United celebrate Daly's strike

As confidence grew slowly, skipper
Steven Davis tested Tannadice keeper Dusan Pernis in the 12th minute
with a fine left-footed drive, after taking a Little pass but the home
side defended the corner.

The match became tetchy for a spell
and Mitchell picked up a booking for persistent fouling, after Watson
had been cautioned for a hefty challenge on Ibrox left-back Lee Wallace.

United began to work their way into
the game but in the 28th minute dithering defender Sean Dillon was
robbed by Salim Kerkar, with the ball breaking to Davis.

However, the Gers wide-man was too slow on to the return pass, allowing Pernis to rush from the edge of the box and clear.

Moments later, Bedoya headed a
Wallace cross over the bar before Kerkar slalomed his way through some
inept challenges in the United box and toe-poked the ball wide of the
target.

It was encouraging stuff for McCoist but with their first effort on goal, the home side found themselves in the lead.

When the Rangers defence failed to
clear properly, Paul Dixon's throw-in from the left was headed out by
McCulloch but only to Watson at the edge of the box and he fired high
past McGregor with a glorious strike.

With with less than two minutes
played of the second-half, and after United striker Johnny Russell had
missed the target with a drive, the home side doubled their lead.

Winger Gary Mackay-Steven raced past
McCabe all too easily and when his cross came in to the box skipper Daly
efficiently knocked it past McGregor from close range.

Rangers were in danger of unravelling
and McGregor made a save from Daly's attempted chip at the second
attempt, before Aluko replaced Mitchell.

In the 56th minute, with no sign of
Rangers coming back into the game, Tannadice defender Gavin Gunning
headed a Dixon free-kick over the bar.

But in the 59th minute the visitors
were handed a lifeline when Aluko survived a couple of poor tackles near
the by-line before his shot from a tight angle was deflected off Rankin
and over Pernis.

As Rangers rallied, Bedoya's left-footed drive was easily saved by the Tannadice keeper.

McCulloch, at the other end, bravely
headed Russell's goal-bound drive over the bar after Gunning had headed
down a Dixon free-kick and Rangers emerged unscathed from the corner.

Rangers had regained their earlier enthusiasm although United still looked the more composed of the two teams.

In the 73rd minute a Little volley
from a Davis pass went straight to Pernis before Edu appeared to lash
back with his arm at Scott Robertson as he tried to hold the United
midfielder off but referee

Brian Winter appeared to miss the incident despite being well-placed.

In the fraught closing stages Rangers
pressed valiantly for the equaliser but Pernis was never put under any
real pressure, leaving United to take the points.