Goals from Ricardo Fuller and Dan Gosling saw Blackpool secure victory over struggling Sheffield Wednesday at Bloomfield Road.

Fuller opened the scoring for the hosts with a close-range finish early on.

Wednesday had plenty of chances to equalise, with Jeremy Helan and Connor Wickham both failing to finish gilt-edged chances.

Gosling's left-foot strike in the second half sealed the points for Blackpool.

Woe for Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday are the only club without a clean sheet in English league football, and the 90th minute consolation goal from Conor Wickham in last Saturday's 2-1 defeat by Huddersfield is their only goal in the last 15 minutes of a Championship game

The Seasiders are fourth in the Championship while Wednesday are 23rd, six points adrift from safety.

With manager Paul Ince returning to the dug-out on the back of his five-match stadium ban, Blackpool made the perfect start to the afternoon as they took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes.

Tom Ince whipped a low corner to the near post and Fuller peeled away from his marker to turn the ball home inside the six-yard box.

But the visitors only had themselves to blame for failing to get back on level terms soon after.

Wickham broke free down the right-hand side of the area and pulled the ball back for the unmarked Helan, eight yards out, but with the goal gaping he somehow side-footed wide.

A free-kick from Lewis Buxton found Miguel Llera inside the area and his header flew narrowly wide of Matt Gilks' left-hand post.

With just two minutes remaining of the opening period, a right-wing cross from Roger Johnson picked out Jose Semedo but his wayward header again let the Seasiders off the hook.

While the Owls were unfortunate not to have at least drawn level prior to half-time, the second period was a far more enterprising affair, with chances at both ends.

Jacques Maghoma fired an early sighter over the crossbar for the visitors before Ince cut in from the left flank and forced a good save out of Damian Martinez with a 20-yard drive two minutes later.

As the game began to open up, the sides continued to trade blows and Gary MacKenzie's header and another Ince drive both forced good saves out of Martinez, either side of Semedo's tame shot.

Blackpool sealed victory when left-back Tyler Blackett - on loan from Manchester United - broke down the left and pulled the ball back for Gosling, who side-footed home from 10 yards.

Blackpool boss Paul Ince, who returned to the dug-out after a five-match stadium ban: "It's great to be back and even better with three points.

"You don't realise how much you miss it. Five games is a long time.

"I was concerned if we'd got beat it would be my fault. Alex Rae and Steve Thompson have done a fine job. I wasn't sure whether to sit in the stands or the touchline and I was glad I did.

Under-pressure Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones, on his future: "I speak to the chairman every single day and you'll have to ask him if he's going to get rid of me. I don't know the lottery numbers and I don't know what my future will be either.

"This club has had 12 or 13 managers in recent years but sacking managers isn't the way forward.

"We're all fighting for our jobs, but players have to start putting chances in the back of the net.

"We were probably the better team until the second goal. But we let players run off the back of us, we didn't track the runners and they got a second and it was game over."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 17 Basham
  • 25 Blackett
  • 18 Osbourne Booked
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 11 Ince (Zeegelaar - 92' )
  • 04 Gosling Booked
  • 19 Fuller (Davies - 81' )
  • 15 Dobbie Booked (Martínez - 58' )
  • 12 Bishop

Substitutes

  • 08 Chopra
  • 09 Davies
  • 10 Grant
  • 13 Warner
  • 14 Delfouneso
  • 24 Zeegelaar
  • 31 Martínez

Sheffield Wednesday

  • 26 Martinez
  • 02 Buxton (Palmer - 78' )
  • 19 Mattock (Johnson - 66' Booked )
  • 06 Semedo Booked
  • 08 Johnson
  • 32 Llera
  • 10 Maghoma
  • 35 Olofinjana
  • 29 Wickham
  • 14 Coke (Fryatt - 75' )
  • 17 Helan

Substitutes

  • 01 Kirkland
  • 11 Johnson
  • 20 Lee
  • 22 Palmer
  • 27 McPhail
  • 28 Fryatt
  • 34 Nuhiu
Ref: Simon Hooper
Att: 14,452

Match Stats

Shots

18 9

On target

6 1

Corners

11 1

Fouls

17 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +4:27 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

90:00 +3:27

Hand ball by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

90:00 +2:20

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

90:00 +2:16

Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Marvin Zeegelaar with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +1:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Thomas Ince.

90:00 +0:58

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

90:00 +0:54

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

89:07

Attempt missed. Ángel (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

88:35

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

86:57 Booking

Booking Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card.

86:30

Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:30

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

85:52

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

83:52

Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

83:52

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

83:33

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:33

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

82:21

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:21

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

81:35

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

81:34

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

80:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

79:38

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

78:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Liam Palmer replaces Lewis Buxton because of an injury.

77:43

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right.

74:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Matty Fryatt replaces Giles Coke.

73:31 Booking

Booking Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

73:24

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

73:24

Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:10 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett with a cross.

70:43

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

70:43

Dan Gosling (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:45

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

67:45

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

67:35

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham with a cross.

66:52

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

66:25

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tyler Blackett.

65:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Joe Mattock.

64:33

Attempt missed. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Connor Wickham with a cross.

63:59

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

63:31

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Damián Martinez.

63:29

Attempt saved. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

63:07

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

61:43

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

61:43

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

60:01

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

60:01

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:50

Foul by Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday).

58:50

Ángel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:08 Booking

Booking Dan Gosling (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

58:05

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:05

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

57:25 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Ángel replaces Stephen Dobbie.

56:53

Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot with a headed pass.

56:05

Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

56:05

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

54:14

Attempt missed. Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Connor Wickham.

53:30

Foul by Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday).

53:30

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:08

Roger Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:08

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

47:24

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

47:24

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +2:53 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

45:00 +2:15

Attempt missed. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Neal Bishop.

45:00 +1:29

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +1:29

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

45:00 +0:45

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

42:57

Attempt missed. Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Roger Johnson with a cross.

40:57

Attempt blocked. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

40:24

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

39:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

37:26

Delay in match Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) because of an injury.

35:55

Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

35:55

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

34:06

Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

34:06

Foul by Thomas Ince (Blackpool).

32:55

Hand ball by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

31:35

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

31:08

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

27:41

Attempt missed. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lewis Buxton following a set piece situation.

26:55

Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

26:55

Foul by Dan Gosling (Blackpool).

24:40 Booking

Booking Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

24:33

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

24:33

Giles Coke (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:47

Offside, Blackpool. Kirk Broadfoot tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.

17:43

Attempt saved. Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

14:54

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

14:54

Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:18

Attempt missed. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Connor Wickham following a fast break.

13:04

Attempt blocked. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Bishop.

12:13

Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

12:13

Foul by Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday).

11:48

Attempt blocked. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

9:29

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

9:29

Joe Mattock (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Sheffield Wednesday 0. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

5:18

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

5:12

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

4:26

Offside, Sheffield Wednesday. Miguel Ángel Llera tries a through ball, but Giles Coke is caught offside.

3:21

Attempt blocked. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

2:47 Booking

Booking Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

2:39

Hand ball by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

2:31

Attempt blocked. Miguel Ángel Llera (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

1:40

Jacques Maghoma (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:40

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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