Two goals from Stephen Dobbie earned Blackpool victory over Watford and further cemented their position in the play-off places.

The striker - on-loan from Swansea - scored his first by beating keeper Tomasz Kuszczak after a mazy run.

The on-loan Manchester United custodian then saved well from Tom Ince before bringing him down inside the area.

Dobbie took the resulting spot-kick and made no mistake to take his tally to four goals in two games.

Watford were unbeaten in their last seven but it was the visitors who took the early initiative at Vicarage Road.

The game was barely underway when Kuszczak was sent scrambling by Ince, his shot deflecting off Martin Taylor, but the Polish keeper got a hand to the ball to scoop it off the line.

Sean Murray then volleyed over for the home side before team-mate Chris Iwelumo headed just wide of the post.

When the opening goal came it was one worth waiting for as Dobbie showed neat footwork to go past the whole Watford defence and stab the ball home.

John Eustace went close to equalising for Sean Dyche's side after the break when he saw Matt Gilks off his line and went for the lob, only for the ball to drift wide.

The win was wrapped up for Blackpool when Ince was bought down in the area. Dobbie who scored twice in his last match secured his second double since rejoining Ian Holloway's side on loan.

The victory moved Blackpool three points clear of Brighton and Middlesbrough in sixth and seventh place, while Watford remain in 11th.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Watford

  • 35 Kuszczak
  • 03 Dickinson
  • 05 Taylor
  • 12 Doyley
  • 33 Nosworthy Booked
  • 04 Eustace
  • 07 Yeates (Assombalonga - 70' )
  • 22 Murray (Buaben - 72' )
  • 32 Hogg Booked
  • 09 Deeney
  • 10 Iwelumo Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Loach
  • 17 Bennett
  • 19 Buaben
  • 26 Assombalonga
  • 25 Garner

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 05 Eardley
  • 06 Evatt
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 33 Harris
  • 04 Southern
  • 23 M Phillips (LuaLua - 72' )
  • 31 Angel
  • 07 Dobbie (Ormerod - 84' )
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Ferguson - 59' )
  • 36 Ince

Substitutes

  • 03 Crainey
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 10 Ormerod
  • 38 LuaLua
Ref: Linington
Att: 16,314

Match Stats

Shots

12 7

On target

5 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

15 5

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:04 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:55

Foul by Lomana Tresor LuaLua on John Eustace, free kick awarded. Tomasz Kuszczak restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:45

The ball is delivered by Brett Ormerod.

89:17

Short corner taken by Prince Buaben from the right by-line. Prince Buaben sends in a cross.

88:22

Chris Iwelumo is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

88:02

Prince Buaben takes a shot. Blocked by Robert Harris.

85:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Robert Harris on Lloyd Doyley. Free kick crossed right-footed by Prince Buaben from right channel, Barry Ferguson makes a clearance.

83:32 Substitution

Substitution Brett Ormerod comes on in place of Stephen Dobbie.

83:08

Centre by John Eustace, Troy Deeney produces a headed effort from deep inside the six-yard box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

82:56

The ball is sent over by Carl Dickinson, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

81:28

Carl Dickinson delivers the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.

81:13

The ball is crossed by Carl Dickinson, Robert Harris makes a clearance.

80:56

John Eustace crosses the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.

80:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Chris Iwelumo. Barry Ferguson takes the free kick.

79:36

Troy Deeney is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

79:11

Martinez Angel concedes a free kick for a foul on Britt Assombalonga. Free kick taken by John Eustace.

78:59

The ball is delivered by Robert Harris.

77:44

Outswinging corner taken by Prince Buaben.

77:27

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.

76:23

The offside flag is raised against Chris Iwelumo. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

74:50

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

73:20

Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

73:20 Booking

Booking Jonathan Hogg is booked.

73:11

Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Barry Ferguson, free kick awarded.

72:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robert Harris by Britt Assombalonga. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

71:50 Substitution

Substitution Prince Buaben joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sean Murray.

71:20 Substitution

Substitution Lomana Tresor LuaLua on for Matt Phillips.

70:24

Chris Iwelumo produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

69:37 Substitution

Substitution Britt Assombalonga is brought on as a substitute for Mark Yeates.

69:14

Assist by Thomas Ince.

69:14 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Dobbie - Watford 0 - 2 Blackpool Placed penalty scored by Stephen Dobbie. Watford 0-2 Blackpool.

68:18

Thomas Ince fouled by Tomasz Kuszczak, the ref awards a Penalty.

68:03

The ball is delivered by Mark Yeates, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

67:35

Carl Dickinson sends in a cross, clearance by Robert Harris.

66:59

Mark Yeates takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

66:49

The assistant referee signals for offside against Thomas Ince. Indirect free kick taken by Tomasz Kuszczak.

64:23

John Eustace has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.

63:48

The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, Shot by Thomas Ince from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the target.

59:51

Matt Phillips takes the inswinging corner, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

59:45

The ball is crossed by Robert Harris, blocked by Lloyd Doyley.

58:03 Substitution

Substitution Barry Ferguson on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

53:34

Mark Yeates challenges Thomas Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.

53:16

Corner taken short by Mark Yeates.

52:43

Alex Baptiste concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Iwelumo. Free kick taken by Sean Murray.

51:54

Sean Murray produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

51:05

Chris Iwelumo fouled by Neal Eardley, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Sean Murray from left channel, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

50:22

The ball is sent over by Mark Yeates, save by Matthew Gilks.

49:11

The ball is sent over by Lloyd Doyley, Keith Southern manages to make a clearance.

47:42

Alex Baptiste fouled by Chris Iwelumo, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +3:06 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +1:48

Martinez Angel takes the direct free kick. Stephen Dobbie takes a shot. Jonathan Hogg gets a block in.

45:00 +1:48 Booking

Booking Nyron Nosworthy receives a yellow card.

45:00 +1:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Keith Southern by Nyron Nosworthy.

43:49

John Eustace has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.

43:25

Sean Murray produces a cross.

42:52

Troy Deeney takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.

42:31

Mark Yeates takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Robert Harris manages to make a clearance.

42:15

Jonathan Hogg takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.

41:49

Corner taken by Mark Yeates from the right by-line.

41:00

The referee blows for offside. Martin Taylor takes the free kick.

37:32

Sean Murray produces a cross, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

35:15

Corner taken by Thomas Ince from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Jonathan Hogg.

35:08

Neal Eardley sends in a cross, clearance by Lloyd Doyley.

33:37

John Eustace concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Dobbie. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.

33:06

The assistant referee flags for offside against Troy Deeney. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.

31:06

Jonathan Hogg challenges Keith Southern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Evatt takes the direct free kick.

26:27

Carl Dickinson produces a cross, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

24:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Stephen Dobbie - Watford 0 - 1 Blackpool Stephen Dobbie finds the back of the net with a goal from inside the box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Watford 0-1 Blackpool.

23:55

Sean Murray gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Martinez Angel. Martinez Angel takes the direct free kick.

21:33

Foul by Jonathan Hogg on Robert Harris, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Ian Evatt.

20:48

A cross is delivered by Sean Murray, Chris Iwelumo has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

19:01

Corner taken by Thomas Ince played to the near post, clearance by John Eustace.

17:56

Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

17:56 Booking

Booking Chris Iwelumo receives a yellow card.

17:20

Unfair challenge on Martinez Angel by Chris Iwelumo results in a free kick.

16:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Carl Dickinson on Thomas Ince. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

14:36

Martinez Angel fouled by John Eustace, the ref awards a free kick. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

13:30

Effort on goal by Neal Eardley from long range goes harmlessly over the bar.

12:12

Keith Southern takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the left-hand post.

10:18

Effort on goal by Sean Murray from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target.

10:01

Corner taken by Mark Yeates played to the near post, clearance made by Keith Southern.

9:34

The ball is swung over by John Eustace, blocked by Robert Harris.

8:34

Carl Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

7:23

The referee blows for offside against Chris Iwelumo. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

5:59

Corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips from the left by-line, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

5:43

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Matt Phillips played to the near post, clearance made by Martin Taylor.

5:17

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Martin Taylor gets a block in.

4:20

Neal Eardley crosses the ball, save made by Tomasz Kuszczak.

0:00

The referee starts the match.

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