Inigo Calderon's first-half strike boosted Brighton's play-off hopes as they secured a 1-0 win at Blackpool.

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa hit the post early on, before Calderon was allowed to cut inside and beat Matt Gilks with a low, left-footed effort.

Dan Gosling twice went close for Blackpool, with Tom Ince shooting wide.

The victory moves Brighton three points clear of Blackpool into eighth, with goal difference separating them from the play-offs.

For Blackpool, it is now six games without a win, meaning they have won just one of their last six home matches.

The Seagulls started the game the more threatening as Ulloa twice went close before he curled a shot against the post.

Festive cheer

The victory was Brighton's first at Bloomfield Road since September 2000

Brighton's dominance then paid off when Spanish defender Calderon was given space to open the scoring.

Blackpool showed a renewed vigour early in the second half, with Gosling seeing a low shot blocked just seconds after the restart.

But they were unable to maintain their pressure and the fans made their frustrations clear, not least when boss Paul Ince replaced striker Michael Chopra with Steven Davies on 74 minutes.

Will Buckley could have put the result beyond doubt on 79 minutes as he raced on to a long ball, but Gilks beat away his attempted lob.

At the other end, Chris Basham's powerful header, from a Barry Ferguson free-kick, was well saved by Tomasz Kuszczak but Blackpool were unable to force an equaliser.

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae:

"We're obviously disappointed to lose in the manner we did. It was really only one incident in the first half, we've switched off and allowed the boy to run and he's beaten the keeper at the near post.

"Apart from that I don't think there was a great deal between the two teams.

"We huffed and puffed and tried to get some momentum going. We need the fans to get behind us and all be in it together.

"I've been a fan myself, and I know they are disappointed. The problem from our point of view is we haven't got a lot of options to change things. We can understand the fans' frustration."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"I'm very happy with the performance of all the players.

"I'm very happy also with Inigo Calderon. He wasn't playing for a long time but he's always prepared and always focused.

"He was outstanding here and in all the training sessions. He deserved the goal and I'm very happy for him. He plays with a lot of enthusiasm."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 17 Basham Booked
  • 03 Robinson
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 05 Mackenzie Booked
  • 11 Ince
  • 04 Gosling
  • 08 Chopra (Davies - 74' )
  • 15 Dobbie (Delfouneso - 60' )
  • 12 Bishop (Barkhuizen - 79' )

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 13 Warner
  • 14 Delfouneso
  • 23 Eccleston
  • 25 Blackett
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 31 Martínez

Brighton & Hove Albion

  • 29 Kuszczak
  • 14 Calderón
  • 17 Ward (Chicksen - 44' )
  • 26 Bridcutt
  • 06 El-Abd
  • 20 Upson
  • 38 Ince
  • 08 Crofts
  • 19 Ulloa (Lua Lua - 67' )
  • 30 Buckley (D. López - 80' )
  • 09 Barnes

Substitutes

  • 01 Brezovan
  • 04 Andrews
  • 05 Dunk
  • 10 Agustien
  • 15 Chicksen
  • 21 D. López
  • 25 Lua Lua
Ref: Anthony Taylor
Att: 12,280

Match Stats

Shots

13 10

On target

1 4

Corners

6 3

Fouls

11 14

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +4:06 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

90:00 +3:37

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

90:00 +3:37

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

90:00 +2:49

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:49

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90:00 +1:35

Attempt blocked. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie with a headed pass.

89:30

Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David López following a corner.

88:59

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

88:54

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David López.

86:27

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham.

86:00

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but David López is caught offside.

85:10

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

84:02

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua following a fast break.

82:47

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross.

82:22

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

82:22

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

81:00

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kazenga Lua Lua.

80:57

Attempt blocked. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

79:50

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

79:50

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

79:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

78:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Neal Bishop.

77:34

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

77:01

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

77:01

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

76:07 Booking

Booking Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

76:00

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

76:00

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Michael Chopra.

71:31

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón with a cross.

71:04

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

69:24

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

69:06

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

69:06

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

67:02

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

67:02

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

66:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

64:33

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

61:14 Booking

Booking Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

61:13

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

61:13

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

59:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Stephen Dobbie.

58:42

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

58:42

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

57:56

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

57:56

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

57:26

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

56:37

Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:37

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

54:23

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

54:23

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

51:23

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Liam Bridcutt tries a through ball, but Leonardo Ulloa is caught offside.

47:56

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

46:15

Delay in match Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

46:02

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

46:02

Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:59

Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross following a corner.

45:33

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by William Buckley.

45:23

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

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45:00 +2:07 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

45:00 +0:56

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Chris Basham.

44:54

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Cathcart following a fast break.

43:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Adam Chicksen replaces Stephen Ward because of an injury.

43:37

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Gary Mackenzie.

41:48

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie with a headed pass.

41:16

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Adam El-Abd.

40:51

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Stephen Ward.

40:09

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:09

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

37:11 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Leonardo Ulloa.

36:19

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Neal Bishop.

34:24

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie.

33:08

Attempt missed. Dan Gosling (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

32:43

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

31:04

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

31:04

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

24:24

Foul by Matthew Upson (Brighton and Hove Albion).

24:24

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

22:53

Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) hits the left post with a left footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by William Buckley.

19:26

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

18:27

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

18:27

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

17:27

Hand ball by Michael Chopra (Blackpool).

15:30

Foul by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

15:30

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

13:17

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

10:39

Delay in match Stephen Ward (Brighton and Hove Albion) because of an injury.

9:29

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

9:29

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

8:47

Foul by William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion).

8:47

Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:23

Attempt missed. Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by William Buckley with a cross following a set piece situation.

6:46

William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

6:46

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

0:51

Foul by Leonardo Ulloa (Brighton and Hove Albion).

0:51

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

0:18

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Íñigo Calderón tries a through ball, but William Buckley is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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