Blackpool dropped out of the Championship play-off places following their defeat by lowly Peterborough.

Tyrone Barnett headed Lee Tomlin's free-kick home to give Posh the lead and before the break they doubled their advantage through Paul Taylor's drive.

Nouha Dicko headed home for the visitors with 10 minutes remaining to give them some hope of a point.

But George Boyd slammed the ball home following Tommy Rowe's pass four minutes from time to seal the victory.

Peterborough deserved their victory and demonstrated their intent early as Taylor forced a brave block from Alex Baptiste after just 18 seconds.

Barnett then failed to challenge Matt Gilks with a wayward shot from the edge of the area but Taylor soon produced a more accurate effort that the former Rochdale keeper did well to smother. And Blackpool only managed to hold firm until the 27th minute.

Barnett was in the right place to head Posh into the lead as Tomlin swung in a dangerous free-kick following Thomas Ince's foul on Tommy Rowe.

Ian Holloway's men were then twice let off as Ian Evatt nodded Ludovic Sylvestre's pinpoint header wide of the target and Lomana LuaLua skewed a fearsome drive beyond the right post. And two minutes before the break they were punished again.

This time Barnett turned provider as he picked out the onrushing Taylor who swivelled on the spot and drilled the ball into the back of the net.

Gilks denied Lee Frecklington with his feet as the home side's onslaught continued after the interval.

Late on Gary Taylor-Fletcher got free down the right flank and found Dicko lurking in the six-yard box. The on-loan Wigan forward stooped to nod home and set up a tense finale.

But there was to be no comeback from the Seasiders. Rowe wriggled free and set up Boyd to drill home a decisive third and add gloss to a convincing victory for the hosts.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Peterborough

  • 28 Jones
  • 05 Zakuani
  • 14 Rowe
  • 18 Brisley
  • 27 Alcock Booked
  • 08 Tomlin (Kearns - 82' )
  • 10 Boyd
  • 11 McCann
  • 23 Frecklington
  • 20 Barnett
  • 26 Taylor (Sinclair - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Lewis
  • 02 Little
  • 21 Kearns
  • 09 Ball
  • 12 Sinclair

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 06 Evatt
  • 15 Baptiste Booked
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 23 M Phillips (Dicko - 78' )
  • 36 Ince (Bednar - 72' )
  • 38 LuaLua (K Phillips - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 05 Eardley
  • 31 Angel
  • 09 K Phillips
  • 32 Dicko
  • 35 Bednar
Ref: Haywood
Att: 7,540

Match Stats

Shots

23 9

On target

13 1

Corners

4 11

Fouls

11 8

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +1:20

Outswinging corner taken by Barry Ferguson, Alex Baptiste has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

90:00 +0:45

Ludovic Sylvestre takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Emile Sinclair.

90:00 +0:02

Tommy Rowe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

89:14

Grant McCann decides to take a short corner.

88:44

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

87:57

Foul by Craig Cathcart on Daniel Kearns, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Tommy Rowe.

86:55 Substitution

Substitution Emile Sinclair on for Paul Taylor.

85:59

Assist on the goal came from Tommy Rowe.

85:59 Goal scored

Goal! - George Boyd - Peterboro 3 - 1 Blackpool George Boyd grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Peterborough 3-1 Blackpool.

85:47

The ball is delivered by Tommy Rowe,

85:02

Kevin Phillips is caught offside. Paul Jones restarts play with the free kick.

84:28

The offside flag is raised against Paul Taylor. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

82:15

Tyrone Barnett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.

81:35 Substitution

Substitution Lee Tomlin goes off and Daniel Kearns comes on.

81:25

Centre by Tyrone Barnett, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

80:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Lee Frecklington. A cross is delivered by Grant McCann, Shaun Brisley takes a shot.

79:38

The assist for the goal came from Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

79:38 Goal scored

Goal! - Nouha Dicko - Peterboro 2 - 1 Blackpool Nouha Dicko grabs a headed goal from close range. Peterborough 2-1 Blackpool.

79:02

Nouha Dicko delivers the ball, Shaun Brisley makes a clearance.

77:31 Substitution

Substitution Nouha Dicko comes on in place of Matt Phillips.

77:22

Paul Taylor produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.

76:25

Foul by Alex Baptiste on George Boyd, free kick awarded. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.

75:13

Effort from outside the area by Grant McCann goes wide right of the goal.

74:06

The ball is sent over by Craig Cathcart, Paul Jones makes a comfortable save.

73:18

The ball is crossed by George Boyd, Effort from the edge of the box by Lee Tomlin goes wide of the left-hand upright.

72:21

Lee Frecklington produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.

71:26

Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

71:26 Substitution

Substitution Roman Bednar replaces Thomas Ince.

71:26

Paul Taylor is ruled offside.

70:29

Paul Taylor has shot on goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

69:33

Craig Cathcart crosses the ball, clearance by Craig Alcock.

69:09

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

68:39

A cross is delivered by Paul Taylor, clearance by Ian Evatt.

66:32

Long range effort on goal by Thomas Ince goes wide left of the goal.

65:08 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Lomana Tresor LuaLua.

64:47

Headed effort from inside the area by Tyrone Barnett misses to the right of the goal.

64:32

George Boyd takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.

63:39

Matt Phillips decides to take the corner short.

60:44

Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

59:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Tomlin on Barry Ferguson. Direct free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

58:51

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Gabriel Zakuani.

58:51 Booking

Booking Craig Alcock is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

58:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Alcock on Matt Phillips.

58:04

Corner taken by Matt Phillips, Shaun Brisley makes a clearance.

57:35

Corner taken by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, Tyrone Barnett manages to make a clearance.

56:58

Unfair challenge on Matt Phillips by Lee Frecklington results in a free kick. Thomas Ince takes the free kick.

54:55

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Ian Evatt misses to the left of the goal.

54:38

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, clearance by Shaun Brisley.

52:49

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann, Gabriel Zakuani takes a shot. Matt Phillips makes a clearance.

52:37

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.

52:04

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ludovic Sylvestre from the left by-line, clearance made by Shaun Brisley.

50:06

The ball is sent over by Ludovic Sylvestre, Gabriel Zakuani makes a clearance.

47:49

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Grant McCann.

47:29

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

46:50

Lomana Tresor LuaLua produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the crossbar.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:10 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +1:57

Gabriel Zakuani concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

44:40

Ludovic Sylvestre challenges Tyrone Barnett unfairly and gives away a free kick. Grant McCann takes the direct free kick.

43:53

Unfair challenge on Barry Ferguson by Lee Tomlin results in a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

42:49

The assist for the goal came from Tyrone Barnett.

42:49 Goal scored

Goal! - Paul Taylor - Peterboro 2 - 0 Blackpool Paul Taylor finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the top left corner of the goal. Peterborough 2-0 Blackpool.

42:10

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee Frecklington on Lomana Tresor LuaLua. Lomana Tresor LuaLua takes the direct free kick.

41:43

Unfair challenge on Lee Tomlin by Ludovic Sylvestre results in a free kick. Tommy Rowe takes the direct free kick.

40:01

George Boyd is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

39:20

Lomana Tresor LuaLua takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

38:53

Gabriel Zakuani concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick.

35:33

Corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre, Ian Evatt has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

35:14

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Craig Alcock makes a clearance.

33:37

Paul Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, Matthew Gilks makes a save.

33:37 Booking

Booking Alex Baptiste is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

33:31

George Boyd fouled by Alex Baptiste, the ref awards a free kick.

32:01

The ball is sent over by Grant McCann, Unfair challenge on Matthew Gilks by Tommy Rowe results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

31:42

Short corner taken by Grant McCann from the left by-line.

30:58

Gary Taylor-Fletcher concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee Tomlin. Lee Tomlin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.

26:55

Lee Tomlin provided the assist for the goal.

26:55 Goal scored

Goal! - Tyrone Barnett - Peterboro 1 - 0 Blackpool Tyrone Barnett scores a headed goal from close in. Peterborough 1-0 Blackpool.

26:05

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tommy Rowe by Thomas Ince. Lee Tomlin sends in a cross,

24:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lomana Tresor LuaLua by Lee Frecklington. Ludovic Sylvestre delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel.

19:10

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips, save made by Paul Jones.

18:36

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Craig Alcock.

18:30

The ball is crossed by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance by Shaun Brisley.

18:23

Matt Phillips produces a cross, Craig Alcock manages to make a clearance.

17:41

Gary Taylor-Fletcher fouled by Gabriel Zakuani, the ref awards a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

16:55

Shot from just outside the box by Paul Taylor goes over the bar.

15:54

Effort on goal by Ludovic Sylvestre from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

14:57

Lee Frecklington has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

14:20

The official flags Thomas Ince offside. Free kick taken by Paul Jones.

13:29

Tommy Rowe sends in a cross, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

13:15

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

9:58

The ball is swung over by Thomas Ince, clearance made by Shaun Brisley.

8:06

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Ince, Tyrone Barnett manages to make a clearance.

8:00

Thomas Ince crosses the ball, Tommy Rowe gets a block in.

7:04

The ball is sent over by Tommy Rowe, save by Matthew Gilks.

5:01

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Tyrone Barnett goes wide of the left-hand post.

2:54

Handball by George Boyd. Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.

2:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince by Tommy Rowe. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

1:56

Tyrone Barnett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

1:31

Lee Frecklington takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.

1:02

The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, Lomana Tresor LuaLua takes a shot.

0:18

Paul Taylor takes a shot. Alex Baptiste gets a block in.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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