Recalled midfielder Luke Murphy scored twice to secure a first win for Leeds under new owner Massimo Cellino and heighten Blackpool's relegation fears.

Murphy, back in the starting line-up after three games on the bench, opened the scoring from close range.

Blackpool's best chance to level fell to Neal Bishop, who headed over.

Summer signing Murphy struck again after the break, dinking the ball over goalkeeper Matt Gilks from an acute angle to end a run of five losses.

The victory, Leeds' second in 13 games, puts 10 points between Brian McDermott's team and the relegation zone, but Blackpool are in trouble.

Now 20th in the table, Barry Ferguson's side are just two points adrift of third-bottom Millwall and have won just two of their last 26 games in all competitions.

The caretaker manager even restored himself to the team at Elland Road in an attempt to address the Tangerines ineffective form on the road, with their last away win coming on 2 November at Nottingham Forest.

However, it was Murphy - a £1m signing from Crewe in the summer - who was more instrumental in the outcome of this game.

He collected Ross McCormack's pass and neatly switched to his left foot, before finding the net for the first time since the opening day of the season.

It was Leeds' first goal in 319 minutes of football and they continued to put Blackpool's defence under pressure with McCormack heading wide.

Bishop should have equalised while David Goodwillie, playing alone up front, shot wide before the break.

But once Murphy scored his second there was no way back for the visitors, although goalkeeper Jack Butland prevented Gary MacKenzie from scoring a consolation goal.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott:

"The win was a great relief. It was a big result for us.

"We are on 50 points and that should be enough, but you can't think like that. I can only think about our next match at Barnsley.

"Thank God we have got Massimo Cellino in charge because I didn't know where this club was going. The fans gave him a really good reception and I am delighted for him. We've all got paid and this club feels like a different, more secure place now."

Blackpool assistant manager Malky Thomson:

"We are disappointed that we came away with no points at all, but the level of endeavour from the boys was great.

"We still have a lot of self-belief and we have to carry that on against Burnley. Our player-manager Barry Ferguson is totally self-motivated. Barry has the bottle to go out and play when the pressure is on. He will have no sad faces around the place and he was massive for us today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (4)

Leeds United

  • 30 Butland
  • 22 Wootton
  • 15 Warnock
  • 05 Pearce
  • 24 Zaliukas (White - 81' )
  • 04 Lees
  • 18 Tonge
  • 17 Brown
  • 44 McCormack
  • 20 Smith (Hunt - 65' )
  • 06 Murphy

Substitutes

  • 10 Hunt
  • 14 White
  • 16 Pugh
  • 26 Poleon
  • 28 Stewart
  • 33 Cairns
  • 36 Mowatt

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon
  • 03 Robinson
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 05 Mackenzie
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 17 Basham (Haroun - 67' )
  • 12 Bishop
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 04 Perkins
  • 14 Halliday Booked (Keogh - 74' )

Substitutes

  • 15 Haroun
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 21 Halstead
  • 24 Keogh
  • 27 Barkhuizen
  • 33 Dobbie
  • 39 Grandin
Ref: David Coote
Att: 23,416

Match Stats

Shots

12 11

On target

5 3

Corners

5 1

Fouls

13 17

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:59 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.

90:00 +4:22

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

90:00 +4:17

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

90:00 +3:14

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

90:00 +3:14

Noel Hunt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +2:45

Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:45

Aidan White (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00

Attempt missed. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matthew Gilks following a set piece situation.

89:55

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:02

Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.

88:56

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

88:56

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

88:21

Offside, Leeds United. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

87:11

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

87:11

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

86:25

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

85:53

Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

84:20

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Butland.

84:19

Attempt saved. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross.

83:50

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

83:50

Foul by Aidan White (Leeds United).

83:28

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

83:28

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

81:45

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Marius Zaliukas because of an injury.

80:20

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

80:19

Delay in match Luke Murphy (Leeds United) because of an injury.

80:08

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

80:08

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

78:11

Delay in match Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) because of an injury.

76:23

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

76:21

Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Murphy with a through ball.

73:58 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Keogh replaces Andrew Halliday.

72:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a headed pass.

70:28

Hand ball by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).

69:31

Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

68:57 Booking

Booking Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

68:50

Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).

68:50

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

67:58

Offside, Blackpool. Barry Ferguson tries a through ball, but Faris Haroun is caught offside.

66:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Faris Haroun replaces Chris Basham.

65:40

Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:40

Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).

65:22

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

65:22

Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).

64:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Matt Smith.

63:56

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

62:39

Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.

61:59

Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.

59:53

Attempt saved. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Halliday with a cross.

57:08

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

56:02

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

56:02

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

53:36

Attempt missed. Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Ross McCormack following a set piece situation.

53:08

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

53:08

Jack Butland (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

49:38

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Goodwillie.

49:10

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

49:10

Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

48:28

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

47:32

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

47:32

Tom Lees (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

46:37

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Goodwillie with a cross.

45:00

Second Half begins Leeds United 1, Blackpool 0.

45:00 +1:08 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Leeds United 1, Blackpool 0.

44:23

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

44:23

Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

42:31

Attempt saved. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

41:31

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

41:31

Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

39:02

Hand ball by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

38:31

Attempt missed. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the left. Assisted by Chris Basham.

37:31

Attempt blocked. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

34:57

Offside, Leeds United. Michael Tonge tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.

34:00

Attempt missed. Neal Bishop (Blackpool) header from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross.

27:38

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Smith with a headed pass.

26:48

Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.

26:09

Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott Wootton with a cross.

23:39

Foul by Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United).

23:39

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

22:45

Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:45

Foul by Barry Ferguson (Blackpool).

20:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Leeds United 1, Blackpool 0. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

19:24

Foul by Matt Smith (Leeds United).

19:24

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

17:59

Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle and long range on the left is blocked.

17:05

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:05

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

15:12

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:12

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

14:31

Foul by Jason Pearce (Leeds United).

14:31

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

14:07

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

13:20

Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Craig Cathcart.

11:23

Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Gilks tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.

10:40

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

10:40

Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:36

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:36

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

6:36

Attempt saved. David Goodwillie (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrew Halliday.

5:37

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

5:37

Michael Brown (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:19

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

2:45

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

2:45

Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

1:59

Neal Bishop (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

1:59

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

1:31

Attempt missed. Jason Pearce (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross following a set piece situation.

1:00

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

1:00

Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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