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Blackpool v Hull – match report

Blackpool 0 Hull 0: All square at Bloomfield Road with keepers on form


18:16 GMT, 1 January 2013



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Goalkeepers Matt Gilks and Eldin Jakupovic earned their respective sides a share of the points with crucial second-half saves in a game of few chances at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool's Gilks pulled off a flying save to keep out Hull midfielder David Meyler's goalbound shot in the 60th minute, while opposite number Jakupovic was at full stretch himself to turn away a vicious 25-yard effort from the home side's coveted Thomas Ince in the 85th minute.

Thomas Ince shoots

Spurned: Both teams had good chance to win but were denied at either end

Jakupovic, a Bosnian-born Switzerland international, then made another fine save in the second minute of time added on to keep out Seasiders' substitute Nathan Delfouneso's shot and ensure Hull stretched their unbeaten league run to eight matches.


Blackpool: Gilks,Eardley, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Crainey, Osbourne, Sylvestre, Basham, Ince, Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 80),Thomas (Delfouneso 66).

Subs: Halstead, Kevin Phillips, Cathcart, Martinez,Harris.

Booked: Taylor-Fletcher.

Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Faye, Hobbs, Rosenior, Meyler, Evans (Bruce 83), Quinn, Brady, Koren (Simpson 46), Aluko (Proschwitz 46).

Subs: Amos, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana.

Att: 13,691

Referee: Anthony Taylor (Cheshire).

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Hull, who had won six of their previous seven npower Championship matches, remain second in the table, while Blackpool, for all their late pressure, have now won only one of their last six league matches.

Midfield pair Ludovic Sylvestre and Isaiah Osbourne, plus defender Neal Eardley returned to Blackpool's starting line-up, while Liam Rosenior stepped in at right-back for Hull in place of the injured Ahmed Elmohamady.

Neither side could fashion a chance worthy of note in the first 20 minutes save for Hull's on-loan Sunderland midfielder Meyler, who dragged an angled shot from the left side of the penalty area off target.

The visitors threatened again in the 22nd minute when striker Sone Aluko flashed a 25-yard shot wide and it was not until the 29th minute that Blackpool's coveted winger Ince fired his side's first shot on goal straight at Jakupovic.

The Seasiders enjoyed their best spell from the half-hour mark, with striker Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ince both prominent, but failed to test Jakupovic again before the half-time whistle.

Steve Bruce

Stalemate: Steve Bruce's side remain in second place after today's draw

Hull manager Steve Bruce replaced Aluko and midfielder Robert Koren for strikers Nick Proschwitz and Jay Simpson at the interval and the latter was straight into the action when his header from Rosenior's cross forced Gilks into a smart save 90 seconds after the restart.

Gilks then held Hull midfielder Robbie Brady's 20-yard free-kick as the visitors went in search of the breakthrough.

Meyler, who has scored three goals in his last four appearances for the Tigers, went closest to the game's opening goal with a superb strike in the 60th minute that prompted a spectacular save from Gilks, whose outstretched arm turned the goalbound shot away for a corner.

Blackpool were dealt a blow soon after when striker Wes Thomas was forced off injured and replaced by Delfouneso before Sylvestre had a rare shot on goal for the home side, firing an angled drive just wide.

The game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter when Blackpool defender Chris Basham fired a 25-yard effort over the crossbar, while at the other end Hull midfielder Corry Evans spurned a gilt-edged chance when he failed to keep his shot from inside the area on target.

Jakupovic flung himself at Ince's 25-yard shot in the closing stages to push the ball away to safety before Delfouneso blazed over the crossbar from inside the area in stoppage time.

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

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



19:19 GMT, 26 December 2012

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.

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


17:34 GMT, 8 December 2012



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


17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012



17:43 GMT, 1 December 2012

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


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.

Blackpool 1 Birmingham 1 – match report: Curtis Davies heads equaliser

Blackpool 1 Birmingham 1: Davies header stops rot and denies Appleton first victory



22:21 GMT, 27 November 2012

Curtis Davies' equaliser early in the second half saw Birmingham avoid a third successive defeat and handed Michael Appleton a fourth draw in as many matches as Blackpool manager.

Having watched them battle back from behind in each of his first three games at the helm, Appleton was granted the unfamiliar pleasure of the Seasiders taking a 17th-minute lead courtesy of Tom Ince's fifth goal in six appearances.

Kevin Phillips had a close range effort ruled out for offside seven minutes later, while Birmingham offered virtually nothing by way of an attacking threat in the opening period.

Davies delight: Birmingham defender Curtis celebrates (above) after scoring (below) at Bloomfield Road

Davies delight: Birmingham defender Curtis celebrates (above) after scoring (below) at Bloomfield Road

Davies delight: Birmingham defender Curtis celebrates (above) after scoring (below) at Bloomfield Road


Blackpool: Gilks, Broadfoot, Baptiste, Cathcart, Crainey, Basham, Gomes, Osbourne (Thomas 72), Ince, Kevin Phillips (Dicko 79), Delfouneso.

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

Booked: Basham.

Goals: Ince 17.

Birmingham: Butland, Caddis, Davies, Ibanez, Robinson, Lovenkrands (Burke 74), Morrison, Mullins (Diop 76), Spector, Elliott, King (Zigic 90).

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Caldwell, Hancox, Reilly.

Booked: Diop.

Goals: Davies 48.

Att: 13,111

Ref: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).


Davies headed Blues level, as he had done in the second leg of their play-off semi-final defeat to Blackpool last term.

Birmingham forward Peter Lovenkrands
came closest to finding a winner when he venomously tested the crossbar,
but Lee Clark's men remain 19th in the npower Championship table with
two wins in their last 11 outings.

Blackpool are also struggling to recreate last season's form and sit three places and four points better off.

Appleton made two expected changes to his starting line-up, naming Tiago Gomes and Isaiah Osbourne in central midfield.

Gomes replaced Elliot Grandin after 29 minutes of Saturday's 2-2 draw against Watford, with Pool 2-0 down at the time.

Osbourne took Ludo Sylvestre's place at the interval and went on to net the last-minute equaliser.

Lovenkrands was another player
rewarded for a goalscoring cameo at the weekend as he dislodged Nikola
Zigic in the Birmingham attack.

Zigic joined Steven Caldwell and Chris Burke on the bench as Clark selected Pablo Ibanez and Paul Caddis in his back four.

Glove affair: Tom Ince (right) celebrates with Chris Basham after scoring the first goal

Glove affair: Tom Ince (right) celebrates with Chris Basham after scoring the first goal (below)

Glove affair: Tom Ince (right) celebrates with Chris Basham after scoring the first goal

Ex-Blues striker Phillips was looking
to score against a former club for the second consecutive game and the
39-year-old was involved again when the hosts went in front.

Ibanez blocked Phillips' shot from
Kirk Broadfoot's drilled right-wing cross before Ince collected the
loose ball to calmly stroke home from 18 yards.

Having taken the lead slightly against the run of play, Blackpool looked to press home their advantage.

Nathan Delfouneso had Jack Butland at
full stretch to tip over a dipping effort and Phillips converted from an
offside position after Ince exchanged passes with Gomes to plant a shot
onto the bar.

The pace of Ince and Delfouneso was causing Birmingham problems in wide areas, with Broadfoot supporting ably from right-back.

The former Rangers defender left Paul
Robinson and referee Craig Pawson unimpressed when he took a 34th-minute
tumble in the box.

Seasiders goalkeeper Matt Gilks
enjoyed his first significant action of the half two minutes before the
break when Jonathan Spector's overhit cross from the left forced him to
tip over.

It was therefore unexpected when Gilks
found himself picking the ball out of the net three minutes after the
restart, Davies rising highest to convert Wade Elliot's inswinging

An intricate move involving Gomes and
Osbourne ended with Blackpool almost retaking the lead when Ibanez
nervously stabbed a clearance against the outside of his own post.

But an even contest had developed and
as the hour approached Lovenkrands slipped the attentions of the
Seasiders backline to rattle the bar with Gilks beaten.

As the goalmouth action threatened to
dry up Ince almost produced a moment of magic, arching a magnificent
25-yard effort just beyond the top corner.

Blackpool felt aggrieved not to be
awarded a penalty in the closing stages when Birmingham substitute Burke
appeared to pull Gomes back.

Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1 match report: Thomas Ince and Steven Davies score penalties

Bristol City 1 Blackpool 1: Ince's late spot kick grabs a point but Robins end losing streak


17:29 GMT, 17 November 2012



17:29 GMT, 17 November 2012

Thomas Ince's late penalty denied Bristol City their first victory since mid-September but Steven Davies' spot-kick meant Derek McInnes' men ended a run of seven straight npower Championship defeats.

Davies slammed a penalty past Matt Gilks in the 81st minute after Albert Adomah was fouled, ending a goal drought stretching back nearly seven hours, but Ince had the final say on the stroke of 90 minutes.

McInnes made five changes to his line-up as they looked to put an end to their awful run of form.

No mistake: Thomas Ince converts from 12 yards

No mistake: Thomas Ince converts from 12 yards

Match facts

Bristol City: Heaton, Foster, Bates, Fontaine, Bryan, Danns (Anderson 75), Kilkenny (Reid 90), Elliott, Adomah, Stead (Davies 80), Pearson. Subs not used: Gerken, Mark Wilson, Baldock, James Wilson.

Booked: Pearson.

Goals: Davies 81 pen.

Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Sylvestre, Basham, Grandin, Ince, Kevin Phillips (Dicko 74), Delfouneso. Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Gomes, Bruna, Martinez, Harris.

Booked: Baptiste, Basham.

Goals: Ince 90 pen.

Att: 12,009.

Ref: Gavin Ward.

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Former Middlesbrough captain Matthew
Bates, who signed a short-term deal with City just an hour before
kick-off, went straight into the side along with Leicester loanee Neil
Danns. Elsewhere Jon Stead, Joe Bryan and Stephen Pearson were all
handed starts.

Michael Appleton, a former team-mate
of McInnes, named Kevin Phillips and Ian Evatt in his starting XI while
Nathan Delfouneso was given the nod after his equaliser against Bolton
last weekend.

The home side came agonisingly close
to scoring for the first time in four games after just nine minutes when
Neil Kilkenny drilled the ball against the bar from 35 yards out, and
at the other end Ince cut inside but his effort was well saved by Tom

Adomah, back from mid-week
international duty with Ghana, was the next winger to cut inside and try
his luck but his left-footed shot failed to test Seasiders keeper Gilks
after a clever one-two with Kilkenny.

Delfouneso and Phillips both tried
their luck before the interval, the latter with a speculative 35-yard
effort, but Bristol City's defence held firm.

Gilks needed to be alert to keep the
game goalless shortly after the break, the Scot racing off his line to
deny Jon Stead after the ball broke to the former Huddersfield striker
after an under-hit backpass from Event.

Ince then warmed the gloves of City
keeper Heaton from distance in the 51st minute before Craig Cathcart put
his body on the line to bravely block a strike from Marvin Elliott on
the hour mark.

In the lead: Steven Davies converts from the penalty spot

In the lead: Steven Davies converts from the penalty spot

Appleton's side were finding
themselves in positive positions but continued to shoot straight at
Heaton, Phillips the latest to do that on 63 minutes after Ludovic
Sylvestre led a counter attack and the ball fell to the experienced

The visitors then came incredibly
close to breaking the deadlock two minutes later when Delfouneso ran
clear and his effort from 20 yards hit the post.

When the ball fell to Ince, the
winger had time to pick his spot but Heaton pulled off a top-class save
to keep out his effort from 12 yards.

In the 78th minute, Gilks hauled down Adomah after the winger chased a long ball and referee Gavin Ward pointed to the spot.

McInnes sent on Davies for Stead
while the penalty was waiting to be taken and their top scorer stepped
up to send Gilks the wrong way with his first touch.

But just when it looked like City
would celebrate their first victory since September 18 the ball hit
debutant Bates' hand inside the box and Ince stepped up to net the

Blackpool 2 Bolton 2: match report

Blackpool 2 Bolton 2: Late Delfouneso strike leaves new man Appleton with a point



17:36 GMT, 10 November 2012



17:36 GMT, 10 November 2012

Nathan Delfouneso struck late to deny Bolton and ensured Michael Appleton avoided defeat in his first game as Blackpool manager.

Mark Davies put the visitors ahead but it was all square after 19 minutes when Blackpool's England Under-21 international winger Tom Ince superbly brought up his third goal in as many matches.

A pleasingly open game produced a host of chances as each side pressed for the win, and it was Wanderers who landed a telling blow in the 71st minute when Lee Chung-yong converted Chris Eagles' cross.

Salvation: Michael Appleton started with a draw after his side equalised late on

Salvation: Michael Appleton started with a draw after his side equalised late on

Match facts

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Baptiste, Crainey, Grandin (Kevin Phillips 80), Basham, Sylvestre, Matt Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher (Delfouneso 46), Ince.

Subs Not Used: Halstead, Evatt, Martinez, Harris, Dicko.

Goals: Ince 19, Delfouneso 81.

Bolton: Bogdan, Ricketts, Mills, Knight, Warnock, Andrews, Spearing, Eagles (Pratley 79), Mark Davies, Petrov (Lee 58), Ngog (Kevin Davies 88).

Subs Not Used: Lynch, Ream, Afobe, Butterfield.

Goals: Mark Davies 16, Lee 71.

Att: 15,525

Ref: Jon Moss (W Yorkshire).

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But on-loan Aston Villa striker
Delfouneso, on for the injured Gary Taylor-Fletcher at the interval,
pounced nine minutes from time when Bolton failed to deal with Stephen
Crainey's free-kick.

Blackpool and Bolton remain 12th and 17th respectively in the npower Championship and are separated by two points.

Appleton, installed at Bloomfield
Road on Wednesday evening after Ian Holloway left to succeed
recently-appointed Bolton boss Freedman at Crystal Palace last weekend,
opted not to alter the Blackpool XI that recorded a first win in six
games at Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

Kevin Phillips and Ian Evatt returned to the bench following injury and suspension respectively.

David Ngog, who scored the winner
before being sent off in Freedman's first game at the helm against
Cardiff last weekend, was restored to the starting line-up alongside
on-loan Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing and winger Martin Petrov.

Ngog had the ball in the net early on but was flagged offside when applying the finish to Sam Ricketts' cross.

Blackpool left-back Crainey was
allowed to venture forward as Petrov neglected his defensive duties and
Elliot Grandin smashed the resulting centre over.

Davies gave Bolton a 16th-minute lead, collecting the loose ball to slot home after Alex Baptiste's interception to deny Ngog.

The response was instant and
magnificent as Ince cut in from the right flank and curled beyond the
helpless Adam Bogdan from 25 yards.

Opener: Mark Davies struck for Bolton to get things underway

Opener: Mark Davies struck for Bolton to get things underway

Craig Cathcart had the opportunity to
send Blackpool in ahead at the break but was off target when he met
Matt Phillips' corner unmarked
Petrov thrashed a volley over from
Davies' chipped pass early in the second period and the end-to-end feel
remained as Wanderers captain Zat Knight did well to clear following a
jinking run from Matt Phillips.

Lee was introduced in place of Petrov
shortly before the hour and shortly afterwards Blackpool midfielder
Chris Basham might have punished his former club for further slack
set-piece marking.

Ince was agonisingly close to finding
the decisive touch when Crainey collected an excellent Sylvestre pass
and flashed narrowly wide of the far post in the 65th minute, before
Bolton led slightly against the run of play.

Davies picked out Eagles on the right flank and his cross was met by a sliding Lee to cap a fine team move.

Having led for three minutes in the
first-half, Wanderers managed 10 this time around before Kevin Phillips
knocked down Crainey's set-piece for fellow substitute Delfouneso to net
for the first time in nine appearances.

Phillips almost snatched the points
for Blackpool but Bogdan atoned for poor positioning by palming over,
while Bolton's Kevin Davies came on to make his 600th career appearance
in the closing minutes.

Derby 4 Blackpool 1 – match report

Derby 4 Blackpool 1: Tangerine nightmare! Sloppy start to life without boss Holloway


18:00 GMT, 3 November 2012



18:34 GMT, 3 November 2012

Blackpool began life without Ian Holloway with a heavy defeat as Derby outclassed the Tangerines at Pride Park.

Holloway had left for Crystal Palace earlier in the day with Steve Thompson taking caretaker charge, but there was nothing the assistant manager could do to inspire his side against the rampant Rams.

Theo Robinson bagged a brace for the home side with John Brayford and Conor Sammon also on target, while a Tom Ince penalty was the only response the visitors could muster.

Ramming it home: Derby, and especially Theo Robinson, ran riot against Blackpool

Ramming it home: Derby, and especially Theo Robinson, ran riot against Blackpool


DERBY: Legzdins, Brayford, Roberts, Keogh, O'Connor, Bryson, Coutts, Hendrick (Freeman 81), Hughes (Jacobs 85), Robinson (Tyson 67), Sammon Subs not used: Deeney, O'Brien, Gjokaj, Davies

Goals: Robinson 12, 54, Brayford 31, Sammon 65

BLACKPOOL: Gilks, Crainey, Evatt, Baptiste, Broadfoot, M Phillips, Grandin (Basham 74), Sylvestre, Angel (Dicko 66), Ince, Taylor-Fletcher Subs not used: Halstead, Eardley, Cathcart, Gomes, Delfouneso

Booked: Evatt, Basham, Ince

Goals: Ince 49

Referee: Russell

Attendance: 22,272

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Thompson resisted the urge to change
things around in the wake of Holloway's departure, with Ludovic
Sylvestre coming in for the injured Isaiah Osbourne the only alteration
to the side which drew with Brighton.

Craig Bryson returned for Derby to
replace Michael Jacobs, who dropped to the bench, while James O'Connor
came into the back four to replace the suspended Jake Buxton, who was
sent off in last weekend's defeat to Peterborough.

Derby had the first real chance as Will Hughes found Robinson but Matt Gilks was alert to the shot and made the save.

Stephen Crainey felled Brayford to
present Derby with another opportunity to get the ball in the box but
Coutts' free-kick was guided behind for a corner which came to nothing.

County were dominating and got the
goal they deserved in the 12th minute as some good build-up play from
Brayford and Coutts allowed the latter to get the cross in and Robinson
coolly sidefooted home.

Blackpool had seen little of the ball
although they were nearly level as Matt Phillips' pacy low ball found
Gary Taylor-Fletcher, but Richard Keogh's last-ditch tackle guided the
ball wide.

Blackpool were starting to assert
some control but Robinson nearly had his second on the break as Hughes
whipped in a low cross which was just in front of the striker.

Temporary charge: Steve Thompson

Temporary charge: Steve Thompson

The Rams had a second in the 31st
minute as Coutts found Brayford and the full-back hit a stinging crisp
drive from 25 yards which gave Gilks no chance.

The Seasiders got back into it from
the penalty spot just four minutes into the second half as Phillips'
shot was adjudged to have hit the hand of Keogh by referee Mick Russell.

Ince hit a firm low penalty and
despite Adam Legzdins getting his fingertips to it he could not stop the
ball nestling in the corner.

But it only took Derby five minutes
to restore their two-goal cushion as Kirk Broadfoot lost possession to
Robinson, who surged into the box and slotted home for his second of the
afternoon and seventh of the season.

Brayford tried to net his second with an audacious chip as he spotted Gilks off his line, but the effort drifted wide.

The fourth was not long in coming,
however, as Coutts supplied another dangerous cross and Sammon was on
hand to tap home from close range.

Thompson brought on striker Nouha
Dicko in an attempt to try and drag the Seasiders back into the game but
Derby easily contained any threat as they cruised to victory.

Burnley v Blackpool – match report

Burnley 1 Blackpool 0: Austin's early goal enough to see off Tangerines at Turf Moor



18:36 GMT, 20 October 2012

Charlie Austin continued his hot goalscoring streak by hitting the winner in Terry Pashley's first game in temporary charge of Burnley.

Austin has now scored eight goals in the last five npower Championship games and it was enough to beat an under performing Blackpool side.

The Clarets had the first sight of goal after Junior Stanislas surged into the box early on, but Stephen Crainey blocked the shot.

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney

Come here: Isaiah Osbourne (right) is hauled back by Dean Marney


Burnley: Grant, Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee, McCann, Wallace, Marney, Stanislas (Paterson 75min), Stock (Bartley 69min), Austin (Vokes 86min)

Subs not used: Jensen, Edgar, Mills, Stewart

Goals: Austin 19

Blackpool: Gilks, Crainey, Eardley, Evatt, Baptiste, M Phillips (Bruna 80min), Osbourne, Angel, Ince (Dicko 79min), Taylor-Fletcher, Delfouneso (Sylvestre 58min),

Subs not used: Halstead, Gomes, Eccleston

Attendance: 12,925

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland).

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Stanislas turned provider after 10
minutes when the League's top scorer, Austin, sprung the offside trap to
get on to the pass.

He controlled and volleyed towards the far corner
but Matt Gilks palmed the ball to safety.

The hosts made their dominance pay
eight minutes later, when Ross Wallace produced a wonderful inswinging
cross from the right and Austin headed into the roof of the net from
close range.

Ian Holloway's men had lost three of
their previous four games and struggled to make any inroads with only a
wayward shot from Tom Ince to show for their first half efforts, and it
was Burnley who continued to threaten.

With three minutes of the first half
remaining Gilks was called upon again after Austin's neat flick played
in Stanislas – but the Blackpool goalkeeper stood firm to parry for a

Wallace almost capped a lively half with a goal in stoppage-time but could only find the sidenetting with his free-kick.

The Clarets picked up where they left off in the second half, with Gilks needed to save from Austin to keep the deficit at one.

It took almost 10 minutes for Blackpool to register their first attempt of the half and it was Ince who had the opening.

Slipped in on the right, he elected to shoot at the near post but only found the sidenetting.

For the first time, Lee Grant was called upon and he produced a remarkable double save on the hour mark.

First, Crainey crossed for Alex
Baptiste to power a header towards goal and Grant flung himself to the
right to tip the ball onto the post.

The rebound fell to Gary Taylor-Fletcher with the goal at his mercy but Grant sprung to his feet to parry the ball to safety.

Despite being under more pressure,
Burnley always posed a threat and Austin was once again at the heart of
it with 15 minutes remaining.

He got himself between the two
centre-backs and powered a header towards goal from a Kieran Trippier
cross – but Gilks was equal to it.

Substitute Sam Vokes almost grabbed a
second for the Clarets in injury-time. Gilks thwarted them again but
the one goal was enough.

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

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



18:58 GMT, 29 September 2012

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

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