Blackpool's winless run extended to 18 matches as Lewis Grabban earned Bournemouth victory at Bloomfield Road.

Grabban was brought down by goalkeeper Matt Gilks in the second period and converted the subsequent penalty for his 14th league goal of the season.

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie had earlier forced visiting keeper Lee Camp into a smart save from distance.

Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne also went close, but Blackpool could not score and have not won since November.

Blackpool since start of December

  • Played 18
  • Won 0
  • Drawn 4
  • Lost 14

(Includes one FA Cup fixture)

Their awful run has seen them slip to 19th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone, and caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson remains without a win.

In a scrappy contest, his side did not do enough to warrant ending that run despite Dobbie offering early hope when his stinging shot was pushed clear by Camp.

Dobbie, in his third loan spell with the Seasiders, then got in behind the visitors' defence, but his ball across the six-yard box could not find a team-mate.

Grabban seized his opportunity three minutes after the break when he ran through on goal and was brought down by Gilks just inside the area.

He fired his spot-kick low to the keeper's right, the goal proving enough for Eddie Howe's side to build on their 5-0 thrashing of Doncaster last week.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson:

"I'm disappointed and I'm angry. I can only do so much in terms of preparing them right and training them right. At the end of the day they need to go out there at three o'clock and produce.

"As weeks go on, the pressure is getting bigger and bigger, can they handle the pressure? I don't know. They will need to start showing me they can, and that's a worry for me."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"The last two games for us have been huge and we knew this was going to be a tough game.

"We were under no illusions, despite their long wait for a win we knew they would give everything to turn their season around and I think it made it a cagey affair.

"We defended for our lives, we defended our box really well, we defended direct play really well."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (4)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks Booked
  • 40 Foley (Cathcart - 79' )
  • 14 Halliday
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 06 Broadfoot Booked
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 17 Basham (Haroun - 73' )
  • 04 Perkins Booked
  • 19 Fuller
  • 24 Keogh (Davies - 64' )
  • 33 Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 12 Bishop
  • 15 Haroun
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 31 Martínez
  • 39 Grandin

AFC Bournemouth

  • 42 Camp
  • 02 Francis
  • 14 Harte
  • 32 O'Kane
  • 05 Elphick
  • 03 Cook
  • 30 Ritchie
  • 04 Surman
  • 09 Grabban
  • 10 Pitman
  • 20 Fraser (Pugh - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Allsop
  • 07 Pugh
  • 15 Smith
  • 16 MacDonald
  • 21 Coulibaly
  • 26 Hughes
  • 28 Rantie
Ref: Gavin Ward
Att: 13,043

Match Stats

Shots

17 11

On target

3 5

Corners

6 2

Fouls

14 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +4:24 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

90:00 +1:53

Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

90:00 +1:03

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

90:00 +1:03

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

87:39

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

86:48

Delay in match Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

84:52

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

84:52

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

82:50

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:50

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

81:05

Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

80:43

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Simon Francis.

79:34

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

78:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart replaces Kevin Foley.

77:31

Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

76:15

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

75:40

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis.

74:38

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

74:38

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

72:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Faris Haroun replaces Chris Basham.

71:18

Lee Camp (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:18

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

71:06

Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andrew Halliday.

70:09

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

70:09

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

69:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

68:42

Delay in match Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

68:02

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

67:10 Booking

Booking Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

66:50

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

66:50

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

64:24

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

63:45 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Andrew Keogh.

61:21

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from long range on the right misses to the left.

60:41

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

60:41

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

58:24

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

58:24

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

57:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

56:52

Foul by Brett Pitman (Bournemouth).

56:52

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

55:56

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Lewis Grabban.

55:10

Attempt missed. Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross following a corner.

54:26

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ian Harte.

53:49

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

53:47

Attempt blocked. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

53:33

Attempt blocked. Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

51:27

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

50:04

Attempt saved. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Kevin Foley.

48:34

Attempt missed. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross.

48:07

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tommy Elphick.

47:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

46:17 Booking

Booking Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

46:06

Penalty Bournemouth. Lewis Grabban draws a foul in the penalty area.

46:06

Penalty conceded by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) after a foul in the penalty area.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +1:25 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 0.

45:00 +0:23

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

44:49

Delay in match (Bournemouth).

44:19

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

44:14

Attempt blocked. Ian Harte (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:24 Booking

Booking David Perkins (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

43:13

Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:13

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

41:53

Foul by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

41:53

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

41:07

Offside, Bournemouth. Simon Francis tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

37:41

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

37:41

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

36:48

Tommy Elphick (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

36:48

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

32:24

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:24

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

28:04

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

25:48

Attempt blocked. Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

24:55

Hand ball by Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth).

24:20

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Andrew Surman.

23:01

Offside, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

22:07

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

20:04

Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Lewis Grabban.

18:25

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Andrew Halliday.

18:12

Attempt blocked. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross.

16:39

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

16:39

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

14:52

Attempt missed. Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) right footed shot from long range on the right is close, but misses the top left corner.

14:11

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

13:53

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Matt Ritchie.

13:51

Attempt blocked. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kevin Foley with a cross.

11:57

Offside, Blackpool. Ricardo Fuller tries a through ball, but Andrew Keogh is caught offside.

10:31

Attempt saved. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Halliday.

8:33

Attempt blocked. Chris Basham (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie.

7:36

Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

7:36

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

6:29

Offside, Bournemouth. Eunan O'Kane tries a through ball, but Lewis Grabban is caught offside.

6:13

Andrew Surman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:13

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

5:23

Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

5:23

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

2:26

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

2:26

Simon Francis (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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