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Friedel to fight Lloris at Tottenham after signing new deal to 2014

Friedel chooses fight over flight after signing to stay at Tottenham until 2014

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09:44 GMT, 26 December 2012

Brad Friedel has signed a new contract to extend his stay with Tottenham until 2014.

The United States goalkeeper had been linked with a return to Blackburn after being deposed as first-choice by summer signing Hugo Lloris but now appears set to fight for his place.

Friedel, the only player in Premier League history to have made over 300 consecutive league starts, arrived at Spurs from Aston Villa in 2011.

Commited: Despite interest from former club Blackburn, Friedel wants to stay at White Hart Lane

Commited: Despite interest from former club Blackburn, Friedel wants to stay at White Hart Lane

His commitment to the club leaves manager Andre Villas-Boas with four goalkeepers – the other two, Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini, are both big earners and could be set for exits

Lloris, meanwhile, says he cannot wait to have his first taste of Boxing Day tension, even though it has meant sacrificing his usual extravagant dining.

The France captain is preparing for their visit to Villa today but admits he usually “feasts” over Christmas and is not used to showing restraint from gorging on fine food.

Down but not out: Lloris' arrival has not convinced Friedel he needs to leave the club

Down but not out: Lloris' arrival has not convinced Friedel he needs to leave the club

Players in Ligue 1 are handed a two-week break from football over the festive period, before the campaign resumes on Friday, January 11.

‘Usually it was a period where I lay around, enjoying many feasts,’ he told L’Equipe.

‘I heard someone shout from the stands, “these aren’t holidays, so watch your line”.’

Safe hands: Lloris is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Safe hands: Lloris is looking forward to facing Aston Villa

Taking it in good humour, the former Lyonnais stopper admits to having chuckled at this, but knows the importance of staying focused.

‘It is a family event and it shows all the passion of football in England. I can’t wait to see it for myself.’

LA Galaxy interested in Tottenham goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini

Spurs stopper Cudicini wanted by LA Galaxy after seeing first-team chances slip

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22:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

LA Galaxy are showing interest in Tottenham's other veteran goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini.

The 39-year-old is eager to play after falling behind Brad Friedel and Hugo Lloris.

Although 41-year-old Friedel is set to join Blackburn in January, Cudicini is interested in the idea of going to Los Angeles and following former teammate Robbie Keane.

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

United he stands: Carlo Cudicini could be on his way to LA Galaxy

Tottenham's other experienced keeper Heurelho Gomes is attrcating interest from Brazil but his wages and expected 3.5million transfer fee are so far proving too exspensive.

Spurs, meanwhile, have again been linked with a move for Inter Milan midfielder Wesley Sneijder.

However, the 28-year-old's high wages would provide a major obstacle to any permanent deal for the Dutch international, who has not played at Inter since September.

Brad Friedel denies rumours of Blackburn return

I'm staying at Spurs, insists Friedel as he denies rumours of Blackburn return

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22:53 GMT, 7 December 2012

Staying put: Friedel

Staying put: Friedel

Brad Friedel has dismissed reports he was close to joining Blackburn Rovers last month and stressed he is enjoying competing for the Spurs No 1 jersey with Hugo Lloris.

Henning Berg was keen to bring the 41-year-old back to Ewood Park in a player-coach role but Andre Villas-Boas blocked the move.

Lloris was expected to be Tottenham’s undisputed goalkeeper after signing for 8million this summer but the Portuguese manager appears undecided between the two.

Friedel, who played in the Europa League on Thursday but is likely to return to the bench for the visit to Everton, said: ‘Apparently when I was contemplating having a medical I was at home having Thanksgiving dinner with my family. What happens between club and club a lot of players don’t know.

‘I’m contracted to Tottenham and I’m concentrating on Tottenham. Whatever role they throw at me I’ll do it to the best of my capabilities.

‘There’s no rivalry with Hugo. At every club, for 21 seasons, there’s competition for places. As I said before when I signed the two-year contract I figured I would play last year, this year was an unknown.

Competition: Lloris (above) and Friedel have shared No 1 duties

Competition: Lloris (above) and Friedel have shared No 1 duties

‘The club have been on the look-out for a long term goalkeeper for a couple of years. We also have two other outstanding goalkeepers at the club in Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini.

‘So competition for places Yes. But the club is going to be around a lot longer than any of us. They want to be in the Champions League and they want to try to win trophies so they continuously have to buy good players in every position.

‘Do I thrive on competition Absolutely. Or else I wouldn’t be playing football, and definitely not at the age of 41.’

Asked if he might move in the January transfer window he said: ‘That’s all hypothetical. I’m at Tottenham and I’m very happy here.’

Nani cousin Rico Gomes Leaves Manchester United to sign for Stalybridge Celtic

Nani's cousin Gomes signs for Celtic after failing to make grade at United (Stalybridge Celtic, that is)

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16:14 GMT, 3 December 2012

Rico Gomes, the cousin of Manchester United winger Nani, has signed for Stalybridge Celtic.

Gomes, 19, who has had trials with Stoke City in the past, came through the ranks at United's academy but was released earlier this season and is linking up with nearby Blue Square Bet North side Celtic who are managed by Jim Harvey, the former Arsenal and Tranmere midfielder.

The Portuguese winger was tipped to be a big star. He has played for Portugal's Under 16s and figured in Manchester United's Milk Cup winning side in 2009.

Family affair Nani's cousin has not made the grade at Old Trafford

Family affair Nani's cousin has not made the grade at Old Trafford

Quick and similar in style to his cousin, Gomes hopes to use Celtic as a springboard to finding another league club.

They stand 11th in the Blue Square Bet North division and face Solihull Moors on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson has defended United's form this season.

The Red Devils head to Reading this evening knowing victory will ensure they are top of the Barclays Premier League when they take on City in the first Manchester derby of the season at the Etihad Stadium on December 8.

Some critics cannot quite believe it, nor that United have a seven-point advantage over third-placed Chelsea, given that their performances at times have been quite poor.

They have gone behind on an incredible 13 occasions and Michael Carrick described Wednesday’s win over West Ham as “far from a classic”.

However, Ferguson is not joining the criticism.

'I don't think the form has been that bad to be honest,' he said. 'But when you are manager of this club, you have to go through that analysis about Manchester United not being as good as they used to be.

'We are still top of the league so we must be doing something right.'

Top of the pile: United are making a habit of coming from behind to win games

Top of the pile: United are making a habit of coming from behind to win games

Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1: match report

Blackburn 1 Birmingham 1: Berg still in search of first win after tense draw on home debut

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17:51 GMT, 10 November 2012

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17:51 GMT, 10 November 2012

Henning Berg is still waiting for his first win as Blackburn boss as his home debut ended all square after an enthralling encounter against Birmingham.

Berg enjoyed many a battle with opposite number Lee Clark during their top-flight playing days and they went head-to-head in the dugout at Ewood Park in front of 14,919 fans – only 1,000 up on average from games under Steve Kean and caretaker boss Eric Black this term.

The Norwegian started his Rovers reign with one point from two away games and a draw this afternoon was the right result on the balance of play.

Waiting game: Henning Berg (right) is still searching for his first win as Blackburn boss

Waiting game: Henning Berg (right) is still searching for his first win as Blackburn boss

MATCH FACTS

Blackburn: Robinson, Henley, Dann, Grant Hanley, Martin Olsson,
Formica, Etuhu, Murphy (Lowe 84), Markus Olsson (Nunes 71), Rochina (Vukcevic 61), Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Orr, Pedersen, Nuno Gomes.

Goals: Rochina 13 pen.

Birmingham: Butland, Spector, Caldwell, Robinson, Murphy,
Burke (Ambrose 90), Morrison, Mullins, Elliott, Zigic (Redmond 75), King.

Subs Not Used: Doyle, Ibanez, Lovenkrands, Hancox, Diop.

Booked: Morrison, Spector.

Goals: King 17.

Referee: Michael Naylor (Sheffield).

Attendance: 14,919

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Spaniard Ruben Rochina handed Rovers a
deserved early lead from the penalty spot after David Murphy felled
Mauro Formica but, crucially, Birmingham pulled level almost immediately
courtesy of Marlon King's ninth goal of the season from close range.

Both sides could indeed have clinched
all three points but it was not to be, with Birmingham now 19 attempts
without victory at Ewood Park stretching back to 1968.

Blackburn were undoubtedly the dominant side from the off.

Blues skipper Steven Caldwell denied
Jordan Rhodes after Jack Butland had raced out of his area
unnecessarily, before Rochina fired wide from 12 yards when well placed.

It was no real surprise when the hosts took the lead after 13 minutes.
Full-back Murphy brought down Formica in the area and Rochina stepped up to send Butland the wrong way from the spot.

But Birmingham pulled level almost immediately with their first real attack.

Chris Burke's cross was met by a
combination of former City defender Scott Dann and Wade Elliott and the
ball fell to Nikola Zigic, whose effort came back off a post and King
was on hand to tap home from two yards.

The goal inspired the visitors and Ravel Morrison brought a save out of Paul Robinson before King fired narrowly wide.

Rovers passed up a great chance to
retake the lead from Rochina's corner as the game flowed from end to
end, with Blues very much now in proceedings.

Danny Murphy struck the side-netting
from distance on the half-hour mark before both sides saw goals
rightfully ruled out for offside.

Catch me if you can: Ruben Rochina tries to find a way past Hayden Mullins

Catch me if you can: Ruben Rochina tries to find a way past Hayden Mullins

Markus Olsson was presented with a
clear opportunity to put Blackburn in front on the stroke of half-time
but he could only fire wide.

Zigic headed wide from Burke's cross
at the start of the second half when the towering 6ft 8in Serbian should
really have done better.

Rhodes was next to threaten at the
other end as his header was cleared off the line by Blues defender Paul
Robinson in impressive fashion.

His Blackburn namesake got down well
to deny marauding City full-back Murphy, while Rovers were being
constantly dogged by the offside flag in the final third.

Formica brought a good save out of
England prodigy Butland with former Three Lions stopper Robinson showing
what he could do to turn away Burke's effort from distance.

Robinson then tipped over Hayden
Mullins' 81st-minute strike from 30 yards before substitute Nuno Gomes'
impressive effort flew over amid a breathless conclusion to proceedings.

Dann came within inches of a late winner against his former employers but a point apiece was just reward.

Manchester United want Bruno Gomes

United keeping tabs on Gomes after inviting Brazilian youngster for trials

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22:11 GMT, 24 October 2012

Manchester United have invited Desportivo Brasil striker Bruno Gomes, 16, over for further trials.

Gomes has trained with the club previously but is wanted by a host of European clubs.

He has spoken of his admiration for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.

Thumbs up: Bruno Gomes has been on trial with Manchester United

Thumbs up: Bruno Gomes has been on trial with Manchester United

'My goal is to become top scorer in the league, being the first Brazilian to do so, while also to be English champion and to win the Champions League,' he said.

'[Ferguson] is a legend in Manchester, where everybody respects him and to be close to him was great. In fact, he only asked about my position and if I spoke English. Then he talked with the club representative who took me to Manchester.'

On Gomes' Twitter account, he states that he is bound for Manchester.

“My goal is to become
top scorer in the league, being the first Brazilian to do so, while also
to be English champion and to win the Champions League,” he told
reporters.

“It was nice. [Ferguson] is a legend in Manchester, where everybody
respects him and to be close to him was great. In fact, he only asked
about my position and if I spoke English. Then he talked with the club
representative who took me to Manchester.”

Read the full story
on Sports Mole at:
http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/man-utd/transfer-talk/news/gomes-targets-success-with-united_51401.html”My goal is to become
top scorer in the league, being the first Brazilian to do so, while also
to be English champion and to win the Champions League,” he told
reporters.

“It was nice. [Ferguson] is a legend in Manchester, where everybody
respects him and to be close to him was great. In fact, he only asked
about my position and if I spoke English. Then he talked with the club
representative who took me to Manchester.”

Read the full story
on Sports Mole at:
http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/man-utd/transfer-talk/news/gomes-targets-success-with-united_51401.html”My goal is to become
top scorer in the league, being the first Brazilian to do so, while also
to be English champion and to win the Champions League,” he told
reporters.

“It was nice. [Ferguson] is a legend in Manchester, where everybody
respects him and to be close to him was great. In fact, he only asked
about my position and if I spoke English. Then he talked with the club
representative who took me to Manchester.”

Read the full story
on Sports Mole at:
http://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/man-utd/transfer-talk/news/gomes-targets-success-with-united_51401.html

Blackburn 0 Wolves 1: Match report

Blackburn 0 Wolves 1: Soko goal sinks Rovers as fans flock back to Ewood

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16:36 GMT, 6 October 2012

Wolves striker Bakary Sako's spectacular strike 12 minutes from time ensured Blackburn's first home game of the post Steve Kean era ended in defeat.

A crowd of 17,034 was comfortably Rovers' highest of the season as hoards of disgruntled fans returned to Ewood Park to mark the end of Kean's deeply unpopular reign.

But they were subjected to a lacklustre performance as caretaker boss Eric Black stuck with the five-man defence that secured a goalless draw at Nottingham Forest in midweek, leaving forwards Jordan Rhodes and Colin Kazim-Richards to probe manfully with little service.

Take that: Wolves Bakary Sako celebrates with Anthony Forde after scoring the winning goal for his side

Take that: Wolves Bakary Sako celebrates with Anthony Forde after scoring the winning goal for his side

Match facts

Blackburn: Robinson, Orr, Dann, Givet, Martin Olsson, Formica (Nunes 46), Grant Hanley, Murphy, Lowe (Etuhu 72), Kazim-Richards, Rhodes.

Subs Not Used: Kean, Dunn, Pedersen, Rochina, Nuno Gomes.

Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Stearman (Forde 53), Johnson, Berra, Foley, Davis (Zubar 61), Doumbia, Henry, Ward, Sako, Ebanks-Blake (Batth 87).

Subs Not Used: McCarey, Nouble, Jonsson, Margreitter.

Booked: Henry, Sako.

Goal: Sako 78.

Attendance: 17,034

Referee: Nigel Miller

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Rhodes had claims for penalties rejected in each half and his strike partner spurned Rovers' best chance shortly after Sako's magnificent long-range effort left goalkeeper Paul Robinson with no chance.

Stale Solbakken's Wolves leapfrog their opponents to go third on the back of three consecutive wins on the road, while Blackburn fall to ninth with no victory in four matches.

Wolves started the brighter of the two sides and Sako drew a fine early save from Robinson, firing a loose ball through a crowd of defenders.

Moments after a robust challenge from Karl Henry on Kazim-Richards went unpunished, Rovers had a penalty appeal waved away by referee Nigel Miller when Rhodes went to ground under the attentions of Richard Stearman.

The visitors should have taken the lead in the 19th minute, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake thudding a header against the post from Kevin Foley's cross.

Happy man: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken celebrates at the end of the game

Happy man: Wolves manager Stale Solbakken celebrates at the end of the game

Kazim-Richards almost found a vital touch at the end of Martin Olsson's teasing left-wing cross before the Blackburn striker was clattered on the knee with half an hour gone – Henry failing to escape a booking on this occasion following a heated altercation.

Rhodes' poachers instincts were on display five minutes before half-time when he collected the scraps from a goalmouth scramble to force a reaction stop from Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme.

The Scotland international striker had another penalty shout turned down early in the second half when he grappled with Roger Johnson and continued to look like Rovers' main threat despite little ammunition.

In the 51st minute Blackburn winger Fabio Nunes mishit a cross that landed on the top of the net with Ikeme scrambling.

Wolves got bodies in the way of speculative efforts from Bradley Orr, Danny Murphy and Kazim-Richards before the visitors regained the attacking impetus they showed in the first half.

Substitute Anthony Forde might have done better when he curled beyond the far post following excellent work from Sako.

In he 78th minute, Sako decided to do the work himself to glorious effect.
Blackburn only partially cleared a corner and the ball fell to the Frenchman, who took a fine first touch to engineer space and rifled a superb 25-yard effort beyond Robinson.

Rovers almost levelled moments later when Nunes produced a delicious cross that caused confusion between Ikeme and Wolves centre-back Christophe Berra, but Kazim-Richards could not direct his close-range header goalwards.

As the hosts belatedly committed men forward, Forde burst forward on the counter attack in stoppage time but blazed wide with only Robinson to beat and fellow substitute Ronald Zubar unmarked.

Nottingham Forest 0 Blackburn 0: Match report

Nottingham Forest 0 Blackburn 0: Hanley heroics secures point for Rovers

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21:13 GMT, 3 October 2012

A work in progress is how manager Sean O’Driscoll described Nottingham Forest in the aftermath of defeat by neighbours Derby on Sunday.

According to O’Driscoll his players need to ‘form’ before they can ‘perform’. Head-scratching stuff for the fans unless they were at the City Ground.

What they do know is that their good start to the season has stuttered and was not helped by Grant Hanley, who cleared off the line from substitute Radoslaw Majewski with Forest pushing for a winner.

Legwork: Dan Harding and Grant Hanley head for a stalemate at Forest

Legwork: Dan Harding and Grant Hanley head for a stalemate at Forest

Match facts

Nottm Forest: Camp, Halford, Collins, Ayala, Harding,
Lansbury (Majewski 63), McGugan (Jenas 72), Gillett, Cohen,
Reid (Coppinger 85), Sharp.
Subs Not Used: Evtimov, Moussi, Greening, Moloney.

Blackburn: Robinson,Orr,Grant Hanley,Dann,Givet,Lowe,Formica,
Murphy,Martin Olsson,Nuno Gomes (Kazim-Richards 63),
Rhodes (Dunn 86).
Subs Not Used: Kean,Nunes,Pedersen,Rochina,Ribeiro.
Att: 18,748
Ref: Mick Russell (Hertfordshire).

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Neither were they helped by the
absence of strikers Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox and midfielder
Adlene Guedioura, all suspended for the clash, while Adlene Guedioura
was missing with a double hernia.

Everything about Blackburn is a
conundrum. Steve Kean’s resignation hours after telling everyone he was
staying; owners who are only just beginning to realise they have not got
a clue; a 36-year-old Portuguese star who has been performing like a
spring chicken. One of Venky’s, presumably.

Nuno Gomes, once of Benfica, may be
getting on in footballing terms but age has not withered the brain
cells, nor the ability to execute a flick if the opportunity arises.

He is also the perfect mentor for
Jordan Rhodes, who still has plenty of growing up to do despite his
8million price tag and three goals in four games since his move from
Huddersfield.

It was Gomes who was provided with the first opening but his shot never looked like challenging Lee Camp in the Forest goal.

Minutes later the veteran swished a boot at the ball and missed completely, giving the Forest fans something to jeer.

What they really wanted was something to cheer after two successive defeats spoiled their unbeaten start to the season.

The sight of local boy Jermaine Jenas
on the subs’ bench was about as good as it got until a flurry of chance
in the dying minutes of the first half.
Lewis McGugan raised the temperature
with a smart turn and low shot from long range which was turned around a
post by Paul Robinson.

Welcome back: Jaenas made his first appearance on his loan spell with Forest

Welcome back: Jaenas made his first appearance on his loan spell with Forest

Seconds later Henri Lansbury’s volley was headed to safety by Scott Dann.

Blackburn, like Forest, have suddenly
found wins hard to come by with a draw and a defeat in the last two
matches. Caretaker manager Eric Black’s brief is to keep the show on the
road while the search for Kean’s replacement continues.

As each day passes, the shortlist
becomes ever longer. Think of a name then pass it on to Shebby Singh,
the man charged with the job of getting it right this time.

Whoever is appointed will inherit a
more-than-useful squad but nothing is guaranteed in the most open
Championship race in years.

Forest have spent plenty too —there are 11 midfielders on the books — but toiled to break down Blackburn.

Robinson, another who can claim to be
of veteran status, then showed he can still keep his concentration
despite long periods of inactivity when he blocked Henri Lansbury’s
effort. Lansbury is a 1million arrival and looks raw but willing. Some
of his shooting was somewhat wayward.

As expected the biggest cheer of the
night came when Jenas, on loan from Tottenham, stepped off the bench.
His arrival sparked a real on-slaught but could not stop Forest
recording their first goalless draw in 60 matches.

Billy Sharp sliced a volley wide after being set up by Andy Reid.
Blackburn called on David Dunn to
inject fresh impetus but they offered too little, although a point might
be regarded as a decent reward for Rovers.

Tottenham v Lazio team news: Emmanuel Adebayor absent

Adebayor absent for Spurs as AVB vows to ring changes for Lazio clash

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14:03 GMT, 19 September 2012

Striker Emmanuel Adebayor is out of Tottenham's Europa League clash with Lazio due to a hamstring injury.

Manager Andre Villas-Boas has vowed to make a few changes to his team, which could mean a debut for France captain Hugo Lloris in goal.

Scott Parker (achilles), Heurelho Gomes (ankle), Jake Livermore (groin), Younes Kaboul and Benoit Assou-Ekotto (both knee) are out.

Shake up: AVB is likely to make a number of changes for the Lazio clash

Shake up: AVB is likely to make a number of changes for the Lazio clash

Provisional squad: Lloris, Friedel, Cudicini, Smith, Vertonghen, Gallas, Naughton, Dawson, Walker, Dempsey, Huddlestone, Lennon, Bale, Dembele, Jenas, Carroll, Obika, Sigurdsson, Falque, Townsend, Sandro, Mason, Defoe.

Blackpool 4 Middlesbrough 1

Blackpool 4 Middlesbrough 1: On-loan Villa striker Delfouneso at the double on debut

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Sportsmail Reporter

PUBLISHED:

21:22 GMT, 18 September 2012

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UPDATED:

21:43 GMT, 18 September 2012

Brace yourself: Delfouneso scored two goals

Brace yourself: Delfouneso scored two goals

Nathan Delfouneso enjoyed a full debut to remember as Blackpool stormed past Middlesbrough.

The on-loan Aston Villa striker netted twice in the first-half before laying on in-form winger Tom Ince to coolly finish 10 minutes after the interval.

By that point Andre Bikey had headed home to hand Boro a lifeline, but Tony Mowbray's side were second best for long periods as they fell to a third consecutive away loss.

Blackpool substitute Elliot Grandin was brought down by Bikey and rounded off the scoring from the penalty spot, despite Delfouneso being on the pitch to claim a hat-trick denied to him by the linesman's flag moments earlier.

MATCH FACTS

Blackpool: Gilks, Eardley, Cathcart, Osbourne, Crainey, Ince (Matt Phillips 71), Ferguson, Baptiste, Gomes (Grandin 70),
Taylor-Fletcher (Dicko 70), Delfouneso.
Subs Not Used: Halstead, Robertson, Evatt, Kevin Phillips.
Goals: Delfouneso 10, 36, Ince 56, Grandin 86 pen.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Friend, Woodgate, Amougou, Leadbitter,
Thomson, McEachran, Carayol (Zemmama 72), Emnes (Jutkiewicz 59), Miller (Ledesma 77).
Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Hines, Arca, Smallwood.
Booked: Leadbitter, Thomson, Amougou.
Goals: Amougou 45.
Att: 12,746
Ref: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire).

Returning to winning ways after a draw and a loss, Blackpool remain second in the table – four points and six places above Boro.

Ian Holloway rang the changes in his well-stocked, fully-fit squad, recalling captain Barry Ferguson as one of six changes.

Mustapha Carayol made a first league start for Middlesbrough, coming in alongside fellow forward Marvin Emnes as Adam Reach and Luke Williams made way.

The home side started on the front foot with Gary Taylor-Fletcher driving speculatively wide before Ince stung the palms of Jason Steele.

It was not long until Delfouneso sprung the Boro defence to collect Taylor-Fletcher's pass and slide beyond the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.

Grant Leadbitter gave Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks his first work of the evening in the 12th minute, but opposite number Steele was far busier as he did well to thwart Taylor-Fletcher and Delfouneso.

Blackpool continued to pepper Steele's goal as recalled duo Stephen Crainey and Thiago Gomes joined the list of players to test him, but in the 34th minute Boro striker Ishmael Miller wastefully thrashed into the side netting when he had time and space to bag a scarcely merited equaliser.

Two minutes later Delfouneso side side-footed in from Ince's to give the scoreline a more deserving slant.

The 21-year-old passed up a glorious chance for a first-half hat-trick, blazing over after Ferguson and Taylor-Fletcher combined, before a flurry of pressure brought Middlesbrough back into the game as the interval approached.

Josh McEachran's corner was met by Bikey and struck the bar via a clip off defensive colleague George Friend.

Blackpool failed to completely clear their lines and, when Leadbitter put the ball back into the box, Bikey made no mistake.

Mowbray's men resumed with similar intent, but the Seasiders restored their two-goal advantage when, played in by Delfouneso, Ince calmly rounded Steele to finish.

Boro enjoyed more of the ball in the second half but, having conceded the third on the counter attack, displayed understandable caution and were rarely able to threaten Gilks.

Delfouneso stooped to head home Grandin's cross-come-shot, only for the celebrations to be cut short by the linesman's flag, before the latter added gloss to the scoreline four minutes from time.