Ludovic Sylvestre helped Blackpool ease their relegation worries as his solo strike guided the Seasiders to victory over Lancashire rivals Burnley.

The 29-year-old hit the only goal of the game, hammering a strike into the top corner, after Tom Ince had seen an effort go narrowly wide.

Burnley had their chance when Junior Stanislas' close-range shot ricocheted off the post to safety early on.

Blackpool are now five points above the drop zone, level with Burnley.

Prior to the match Blackpool had lost only one of their last eight games, but the Clarets remained full of confidence having lost only once in five local derbies this season against Blackpool, Blackburn and Bolton.

Bloomfield Road's pitch was not conducive to playing passing football, with a mixture of mud and sand leaving both sides struggling to get a firm foothold in the opening exchanges.

We can't count our chickens at this moment. I don't think we're safe. It's a crazy league, isn't it?

Paul Ince Blackpool manager

Blackpool manager Paul Ince - writing in his programme notes - described Blackpool as having "got their mojo back" but that did not seem to be the case when Stanislas hit a low drive into the side netting, before Sam Vokes scuffed a shot into the arms of Matt Gilks.

Blackpool's Nathan Delfouneso should have done better when his weak effort on the turn was comfortably collected by Lee Grant. Kirk Broadfoot then shot from 30 yards but his dipping effort went narrowly wide.

The best chance of the half fell to Stanislas, who jinked his way through three Blackpool players to launch a thunderous strike off the post.

At the other end, Ince managed to spin away from his marker to open up a bit of space, only for his shot to go high over.

Burnley had another chance to take the lead minutes before the break when Ross Wallace launched a trademark strike which was expertly tipped over by Gilks.

But it was Blackpool who scored the only goal just before the hour as Sylvestre hit a wonder strike from the edge of the area into the top corner.

Clarets' top scorer Charlie Austin, who was largely marked out of the game, was limited to long-range efforts.

Blackpool should have doubled their lead with seven minutes remaining when Ince let fly only to see his strike bounce off the bar and Matt Phillips somehow headed the rebound wide.

Burnley piled on the pressure in the final minutes with substitutes David Edgar and Martin Paterson both having chances to grab the equaliser but Blackpool held on.

Blackpool manager Paul Ince:

"We got the ball down and played some good stuff, and on the balance of play I think we were very comfortable. We should have scored more.

"I don't think we're safe. It's a crazy league, isn't it?

"We can't count our chickens at this moment in time but what I do know is that it was a vital three points - a must-win game."

Burnley manager Sean Dyche:

"It was a tight affair. They had the better fist of it the first 25 minutes but I actually thought they managed to play on that surface.

"We had pockets of it as the half went on, their keeper made a brilliant save against Wallace which is the best I've seen for quite some time.

"(In the) second half the quality softened because of the pitch - which is the worst I've ever seen in my career and I've played on some bad ones, I can assure you."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 15 Baptiste Booked
  • 17 Basham
  • 39 MacKenzie
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 07 M Phillips Booked (Eardley - 86' )
  • 14 Sylvestre (Cathcart - 86' )
  • 16 Ferguson Booked
  • 11 Ince
  • 40 Delfouneso (Taylor-Fletcher - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 05 Eardley
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 10 Grandin
  • 31 Angel
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 38 Derbyshire

Burnley

  • 01 Grant
  • 02 Trippier
  • 05 Shackell
  • 28 Long
  • 36 Mee
  • 06 McCann
  • 07 Wallace (Paterson - 75' )
  • 08 Marney (Ings - 87' )
  • 11 Stanislas (Edgar - 75' )
  • 09 Vokes
  • 23 Austin

Substitutes

  • 12 Jensen
  • 03 Lafferty
  • 15 Edgar
  • 20 Bartley
  • 26 Treacy
  • 10 Paterson
  • 14 Ings
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 14,437

Match Stats

Shots

10 8

On target

4 5

Corners

5 6

Fouls

8 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:03 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +4:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jason Shackell on Alex Baptiste. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:45

Centre by Jason Shackell, Gary Taylor-Fletcher makes a clearance.

90:00 +3:23

Kieran Trippier takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:23 Booking

Booking Barry Ferguson is given a yellow card.

90:00 +3:10

Unfair challenge on Kevin Long by Tom Ince results in a free kick.

90:00 +0:33

Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:33 Substitution

Substitution Gary Taylor-Fletcher on for Nathan Delfouneso.

90:00 +0:33

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary MacKenzie by Martin Paterson.

88:44

The ball is delivered by Charlie Austin, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

87:48

Ben Mee sends in a cross, Kirk Broadfoot makes a clearance.

86:59 Substitution

Substitution Danny Ings is brought on as a substitute for Dean Marney.

85:15 Substitution

Substitution Neal Eardley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matt Phillips.

85:15 Substitution

Substitution Craig Cathcart replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.

85:00

The ball is swung over by Kieran Trippier.

83:25

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris McCann on Barry Ferguson. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

82:52

The assistant referee signals for offside against Dean Marney. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

82:16

Tom Ince takes a shot. Headed effort on goal by Ludovic Sylvestre from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

81:35

David Edgar takes a shot. Blocked by Ludovic Sylvestre. Corner taken by Kieran Trippier, clearance made by Nathan Delfouneso.

78:58

A cross is delivered by Ben Mee, clearance made by Stephen Crainey.

76:10

Matt Phillips has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the target.

74:06 Substitution

Substitution David Edgar on for Junior Stanislas.

74:06 Substitution

Substitution Martin Paterson is brought on as a substitute for Ross Wallace.

71:16

The assistant referee flags for offside against Tom Ince. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

69:40

Tom Ince produces a cross.

67:30

Sam Vokes takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

66:53

Junior Stanislas sends in a cross, Barry Ferguson gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

66:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Basham on Chris McCann. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ross Wallace from right channel, Matt Gilks makes a save.

64:07

Corner taken left-footed by Ross Wallace from the right by-line, Gary MacKenzie makes a clearance.

63:09

Jason Shackell takes the direct free kick.

63:09 Booking

Booking Booking for Alex Baptiste.

63:01

Alex Baptiste challenges Junior Stanislas unfairly and gives away a free kick.

61:28

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kieran Trippier by Tom Ince. Kieran Trippier restarts play with the free kick.

60:06

Kevin Long gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste. Direct free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

59:05

Kieran Trippier fouled by Tom Ince, the ref awards a free kick. Junior Stanislas crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, clearance by Barry Ferguson.

57:10

The assist for the goal came from Tom Ince.

57:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Ludovic Sylvestre - Blackpool 1 - 0 Burnley Ludovic Sylvestre fires in a goal from outside the box to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-0 Burnley.

55:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ludovic Sylvestre by Ross Wallace. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

54:01

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, Lee Grant makes a save.

52:37

Alex Baptiste crosses the ball, clearance made by Ben Mee. Tom Ince takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, Chris McCann makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Tom Ince to the near post, Charlie Austin manages to make a clearance.

51:12

Jason Shackell restarts play with the free kick.

51:12 Booking

Booking Matt Phillips booked.

50:55

Jason Shackell fouled by Matt Phillips, the ref awards a free kick.

50:25

Centre by Kieran Trippier, save by Matt Gilks.

49:29

Corner taken by Junior Stanislas from the right by-line played to the near post, Nathan Delfouneso manages to make a clearance.

48:47

Foul by Jason Shackell on Tom Ince, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

47:56

Stephen Crainey produces a cross, save made by Lee Grant.

45:39

The offside flag is raised against Matt Phillips. Free kick taken by Lee Grant.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:08

Junior Stanislas delivers the ball, save made by Matt Gilks.

43:15

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks. The referee blows for offside against Sam Vokes. Matt Gilks takes the indirect free kick.

42:59

The ball is swung over by Ross Wallace, clearance made by Gary MacKenzie.

42:48

Kieran Trippier sends in a cross, clearance made by Gary MacKenzie.

41:21

Ross Wallace takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ross Wallace from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the area by Jason Shackell misses to the left of the goal.

39:37

Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris McCann on Barry Ferguson. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

39:23

Kieran Trippier delivers the ball, blocked by Nathan Delfouneso.

37:29

Matt Phillips takes a shot from just outside the penalty area which clears the crossbar.

34:15

Matt Phillips takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

33:37

The ball is delivered by Kieran Trippier, Chris Basham manages to make a clearance.

32:47

Junior Stanislas takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

31:28

Charlie Austin concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary MacKenzie. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

27:58

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, save made by Lee Grant.

25:40

Shot from just outside the box by Matt Phillips goes over the bar.

24:28

Dean Marney sends in a cross, save by Matt Gilks.

23:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Mee by Ludovic Sylvestre. Ben Mee takes the direct free kick.

22:21

Sam Vokes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary MacKenzie. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

21:42

A cross is delivered by Alex Baptiste.

17:38

Foul by Kieran Trippier on Matt Phillips, free kick awarded. Tom Ince restarts play with the free kick.

16:16

Matt Phillips delivers the ball, Shot by Tom Ince. Save by Lee Grant.

14:33

Junior Stanislas crosses the ball, save by Matt Gilks.

14:22

The ball is sent over by Ross Wallace.

14:08

Shot from just outside the area by Junior Stanislas hits the post.

11:48

Centre by Matt Phillips, Chris McCann manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Tom Ince, save by Lee Grant.

10:04

Tom Ince takes a shot. Barry Ferguson gets a block in. Barry Ferguson is ruled offside. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

8:22

Centre by Kirk Broadfoot.

6:38

The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Nathan Delfouneso has an effort at goal. Save by Lee Grant.

5:31

Alex Baptiste delivers the ball, clearance made by Jason Shackell. Corner taken by Tom Ince from the right by-line to the near post, Kieran Trippier manages to make a clearance. Tom Ince takes a inswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, save by Lee Grant.

4:14

Gary MacKenzie gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sam Vokes. Lee Grant takes the free kick.

3:44

Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Austin on Gary MacKenzie. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

2:45

The assistant referee flags for offside against Sam Vokes. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

0:47

Effort from the edge of the box by Junior Stanislas goes wide of the left-hand post.

0:22

Corner taken short by Junior Stanislas.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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