Championship
Blackpool2Sheff Wed0

Blackpool 2-0 Sheffield Wednesday

Blackpool's Ricardo Fuller

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.

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.

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Post-match: Owls manager Jones

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."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 17Basham
  • 25Blackett
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 25mins
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 11InceSubstituted forZeegelaarat 90+2'minutes
  • 4GoslingBooked at 59mins
  • 19FullerSubstituted forDaviesat 81'minutes
  • 15DobbieBooked at 3minsSubstituted forMartínezat 58'minutes
  • 12Bishop

Substitutes

  • 8Chopra
  • 9Davies
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 24Zeegelaar
  • 31Martínez

Sheff Wed

  • 26Martinez
  • 2BuxtonSubstituted forPalmerat 78'minutes
  • 19MattockSubstituted forJohnsonat 66'minutesBooked at 87mins
  • 6SemedoBooked at 74mins
  • 8Johnson
  • 32Llera
  • 10Maghoma
  • 35Olofinjana
  • 29Wickham
  • 14CokeSubstituted forFryattat 75'minutes
  • 17Helan

Substitutes

  • 1Kirkland
  • 11Johnson
  • 20Lee
  • 22Palmer
  • 27McPhail
  • 28Fryatt
  • 34Nuhiu
Referee:
Simon Hooper
Attendance:
14,452

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home18
Away9
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away1
Fouls
Home17
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

Hand ball by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Thomas Ince.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

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

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.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

Booking

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

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

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

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

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

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

Substitution

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Matty Fryatt replaces Giles Coke.

Booking

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

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

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.

Foul by Josè Semedo (Sheffield Wednesday).

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

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

Foul by Ricardo Fuller (Blackpool).

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

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.

Substitution

Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Jermaine Johnson replaces Joe Mattock.

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.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester1712231338
2Burnley1710521635
3QPR171052935
4Blackpool17872731
5Reading17773628
6Nottm Forest17764627
7Leeds17827426
8Derby16745725
9Brighton17674525
10Watford17656323
11Ipswich17656323
12Huddersfield17656223
13Blackburn17656223
14Wigan15645422
15Middlesbrough17476119
16Bolton17476-519
17Bournemouth17548-1019
18Doncaster17548-1119
19Birmingham17539-218
20Charlton17458-617
21Millwall17458-1517
22Yeovil173311-1112
23Sheff Wed16187-911
24Barnsley172510-1911
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