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Blackpool 0-1 Bournemouth

Barry Ferguson

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.

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.

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Post-match: Bournemouth boss Howe

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."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1GilksBooked at 47mins
  • 40FoleySubstituted forCathcartat 79'minutes
  • 14Halliday
  • 18Osbourne
  • 6BroadfootBooked at 68mins
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 17BashamSubstituted forHarounat 73'minutes
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 44mins
  • 19Fuller
  • 24KeoghSubstituted forDaviesat 64'minutes
  • 33Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 12Bishop
  • 15Haroun
  • 20Cathcart
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 31Martínez
  • 39Grandin

Bournemouth

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 4Surman
  • 9Grabban
  • 10Pitman
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 15Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 26Hughes
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
13,043

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

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.

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

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

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

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

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Simon Francis.

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart replaces Kevin Foley.

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.

Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

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

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

Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Faris Haroun replaces Chris Basham.

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

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

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

Foul by Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth).

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Booking

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

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

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Andrew Keogh.

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

Foul by Marc Pugh (Bournemouth).

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

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

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Bournemouth. Marc Pugh replaces Ryan Fraser.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester3323553074
2Burnley33181232666
3Derby3418791761
4QPR3317971460
5Nottm Forest34141371455
6Reading341410101352
7Wigan32157101152
8Brighton3313119750
9Ipswich34121210548
10Blackburn32121010-146
11Watford33111210945
12Leeds3312813044
13Middlesbrough34101311643
14Huddersfield3412715-143
15Bournemouth3311913-842
16Sheff Wed3391212-139
17Bolton3491213-439
18Birmingham349916-536
19Blackpool3481115-2035
20Doncaster348917-2333
21Millwall3471017-2931
22Yeovil337818-1829
23Barnsley3361116-2529
24Charlton306915-1727
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