Sheffield Wed 0-3 Blackpool

Matt Phillips celebrates Blackpool's opener

Blackpool booked an FA Cup fifth-round tie at Everton after comfortably beating Sheffield Wednesday.

Matt Phillips steered in a low shot on seven minutes after an earlier effort by Wednesday's Ryan Lowe was saved.

Lomana LuaLua then curled one into the top corner from the edge of the box seven minutes later.

And Ludovic Sylvestre put the game beyond reach when he collected Phillips's backheel to score similarly in the second half.

Phillips could easily have scored again but shot wide, as Blackpool underlined their growing status as a team coming into form at the just the right time of the season.

Ian Holloway's side are now unbeaten in eight games and are fourth in the Championship as they push for promotion to the Premier League after being relegated last season.

But with this display they will give Everton a good test in the next round such was the fluidity of their attacking.

Kevin Phillips, 38, was at the heart of much of their good work with some clever touches and a long-learned appreciation of space.

And although Wednesday could have taken the lead when a mistake by Alex Baptiste allowed Lowe to venture clean through on goal, it was Phillips's namesake who made the breakthrough.

Blackpool broke down the left and when LuaLua's shot was stopped, the ball fell to Matt Phillips on the edge of the area, and he found the bottom corner with a bobbling shot for his 10th of the season.

The goal breathed confidence into Holloway's side and it was from another counter attack that LuaLua scored a wonderfully taken second goal.

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks played his part by throwing the ball quickly to the Congolese forward, and although he was fortunate to play a one-two with Kevin Phillips, he strode towards the edge of the box to curl into the top corner past Stephen Bywater.

Understandably the finish left Gary Megson's team deflated, but they managed to claw their way back into the game with Rob Jones drawing a good Gilks save with a header from a corner.

Gary Megson

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We've let ourselves down - Megson

However, it was the Tangerines who continued to pose the biggest threat with their front four of Thomas Ince, LuaLua and the two Phillips's causing problems every time they broke.

Kevin Phillips, in particular, was finding lots of space in between the Wednesday midfield and defence and it made Megson introduce Jose Semedo at the break to try and close the veteran striker down.

It appeared to be having an effect although when Liam Palmer lost the ball Blackpool broke again and put the game beyond Wednesday's reach in an instant.

Matt Phillips backheeled the ball on to Sylvestre and with the home defence backing away, the French midfielder mirrored LuaLua by curling into the far right corner to book a place in the next round.

Blackpool might have made it 4-0 but Matt Phillips was off-target after being put through by LuaLua and although Lowe shot wide too, Wednesday will return to their League One promotion chase having been outclassed.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Gary Megson: "It's obviously disappointing. It's nowhere near where we can play in and out of possession and we got a footballing lesson. I thought we were a yard short during the game and once they got the ball, they passed through us.

"If we have any pretensions of playing in the Championship, that's the sort of team we are going to play against week in week out."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway: "I'm delighted with the lads, it was absolutely terrific and very professional from the off. It's not my main team, but my squad are growing, they understand what we are trying to do.

"That's as complete a performance as I've seen from Matt Phillips tonight. He attacked and did his defensive duties and he's English, and you seem to get more [money] for English players don't you?"

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Sheffield Wed

  • 43 Bywater
  • 03 Bennett
  • 04 Batth
  • 05 R Jones
  • 17 R Johnson Booked (Semedo - 46' )
  • 20 Otsemobor
  • 08 Lines
  • 12 Palmer
  • 15 Sedgwick Booked
  • 19 Morrison
  • 30 Lowe


  • 01 Weaver
  • 02 Buxton
  • 06 Semedo
  • 13 Beevers
  • 07 Prutton
  • 09 O'Grady
  • 14 Madine


  • 01 Gilks
  • 05 Eardley
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 33 Harris (Dicko - 85' )
  • 37 Wilson
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 23 M Phillips (Bruna - 76' )
  • 31 Angel
  • 09 K Phillips (Fleck - 64' )
  • 36 Ince
  • 38 LuaLua


  • 21 Halstead
  • 17 Basham
  • 25 Fleck
  • 11 Bruna
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 32 Dicko
Ref: D'Urso
Att: 10,274

Match Stats


6 9

On target

3 6


5 4


5 6

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90:00 +1:59 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.


The offside flag is raised against Ryan Lowe. Indirect free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

84:42 Substitution

Substitution Nouha Dicko joins the action as a substitute, replacing Robert Harris.


Centre by Ryan Lowe.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clinton Morrison by Danny Wilson. Chris Lines takes the free kick.


Shot from just outside the area by Julian Bennett misses to the left of the target.

75:01 Substitution

Substitution Matt Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Gerardo Bruna.


Effort from the edge of the area by Ryan Lowe goes wide of the right-hand post.


Effort from the edge of the area by Matt Phillips goes wide of the right-hand upright.


John Fleck produces a cross.


Ryan Lowe is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.


Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

62:56 Substitution

Substitution John Fleck is brought on as a substitute for Kevin Phillips.


Jose Vitor Semedo concedes a free kick for a foul on Lomana Tresor LuaLua.


Shot from inside the area by Chris Lines clears the bar.


The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Stephen Bywater takes the indirect free kick.


Unfair challenge on Martinez Angel by Chris Lines results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Wilson.


The assist for the goal came from Matt Phillips.

53:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Ludovic Sylvestre - Sheff Wed 0 - 3 Blackpool Ludovic Sylvestre grabs a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-3 Blackpool.


Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince.


Lomana Tresor LuaLua concedes a free kick for a foul on Liam Palmer. Direct free kick taken by Jon Otsemobor.


Liam Palmer concedes a free kick for a foul on Martinez Angel. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

45:31 Substitution

Substitution Reda Johnson leaves the field to be replaced by Jose Vitor Semedo.


The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +2:34 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +1:13

The assistant referee signals for offside against Reda Johnson. Danny Wilson restarts play with the free kick.


Shot on goal comes in from Robert Harris from the free kick, blocked by Chris Sedgwick.

44:47 Booking

Booking Reda Johnson is booked.


Reda Johnson challenges Robert Harris unfairly and gives away a free kick.


Thomas Ince concedes a free kick for a foul on Julian Bennett. Direct free kick taken by Rob Jones.


The ball is sent over by Reda Johnson.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Thomas Ince. Rob Jones takes the free kick.


Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Stephen Bywater.


Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Thomas Ince.


Chris Sedgwick takes the inswinging corner, Rob Jones takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.


Short corner worked by Chris Sedgwick.


Liam Palmer crosses the ball, blocked by Danny Wilson.


Shot from deep inside the area by Lomana Tresor LuaLua goes over the bar.


Matt Phillips crosses the ball, Jon Otsemobor manages to make a clearance.


Corner taken by Chris Sedgwick from the right by-line.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Matt Phillips on Chris Sedgwick. Chris Lines restarts play with the free kick.


Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

26:30 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Chris Sedgwick for unsporting behaviour.


Free kick awarded for a foul by Chris Sedgwick on Thomas Ince.


Martinez Angel takes a shot. Blocked by Rob Jones.


Centre by Thomas Ince, Jon Otsemobor makes a clearance.


A cross is delivered by Matt Phillips.


Ludovic Sylvestre decides to take a short corner.


Chris Lines fouled by Thomas Ince, the ref awards a free kick. Chris Lines takes the direct free kick.


Corner taken by Chris Sedgwick, save by Matthew Gilks.


Reda Johnson takes a shot. Blocked by Martinez Angel.


Kevin Phillips provided the assist for the goal.

13:39 Goal scored

Goal! - Lomana Tresor LuaLua - Sheff Wed 0 - 2 Blackpool Goal scored by Lomana Tresor LuaLua from just outside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-2 Blackpool.


Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Matt Phillips, save made by Stephen Bywater.


The ball is swung over by Matt Phillips, blocked by Liam Palmer.


Lomana Tresor LuaLua sends in a cross, Stephen Bywater makes a save.


Long range shot from Kevin Phillips misses to the left of the goal.


The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.


Assist on the goal came from Lomana Tresor LuaLua.

6:15 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Phillips - Sheff Wed 0 - 1 Blackpool Matt Phillips grabs a goal from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-1 Blackpool.


Martinez Angel challenges Chris Lines unfairly and gives away a free kick. Chris Lines takes the direct free kick.


Corner taken right-footed by Chris Sedgwick from the right by-line to the near post, Robert Harris manages to make a clearance.


Ryan Lowe takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.


The referee gets the match started.

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