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Leeds United 2-0 Blackpool

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."

Line-ups

Leeds

  • 30Butland
  • 22Wootton
  • 15Warnock
  • 5Pearce
  • 24ZaliukasSubstituted forWhiteat 81'minutes
  • 4Lees
  • 18Tonge
  • 17Brown
  • 44McCormack
  • 20SmithSubstituted forHuntat 65'minutes
  • 6Murphy

Substitutes

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

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahon
  • 3Robinson
  • 16Ferguson
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 20Cathcart
  • 17BashamSubstituted forHarounat 67'minutes
  • 12Bishop
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 4Perkins
  • 14HallidayBooked at 69minsSubstituted forKeoghat 74'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLeedsAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away1
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.
Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).
Noel Hunt (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Andrew Keogh (Blackpool).
Aidan White (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Stephen Warnock (Leeds United) because of an injury.
David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).
Offside, Leeds United. Jack Butland tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).
Jason Pearce (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Andrew Keogh (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.
Offside, Leeds United. Michael Brown tries a through ball, but Ross McCormack is caught offside.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Butland.
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.
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Aidan White (Leeds United).
Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).
Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Aidan White replaces Marius Zaliukas because of an injury.
Delay in match Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) because of an injury.
Delay in match Luke Murphy (Leeds United) because of an injury.
Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).
Luke Murphy (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Marius Zaliukas (Leeds United) because of an injury.
Corner, Leeds United. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.
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.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Keogh replaces Andrew Halliday.

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.
Hand ball by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).
Attempt blocked. Michael Tonge (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Andrew Halliday (Blackpool).
Michael Tonge (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Offside, Blackpool. Barry Ferguson tries a through ball, but Faris Haroun is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Faris Haroun replaces Chris Basham.
Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Noel Hunt (Leeds United).
Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Michael Tonge (Leeds United).

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Noel Hunt replaces Matt Smith.
Attempt blocked. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.
Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.
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.
Offside, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday tries a through ball, but Neal Bishop is caught offside.
Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).
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.
Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).
Jack Butland (Leeds United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by David Goodwillie.
Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Leicester4127863589
2Burnley42231453183
3Derby42229112775
4QPR422110111573
5Wigan411910121467
6Brighton421713121264
7Ipswich42171312864
8Reading411712121363
9Bournemouth42171114162
10Blackburn42151512360
11Nottm Forest42141711459
12Middlesbrough421416121058
13Watford411415121657
14Bolton42131514-254
15Sheff Wed42121416050
16Leeds4214820-950
17Huddersfield42121020-946
18Birmingham41111020-1043
19Doncaster42111021-2643
20Blackpool42101220-2642
21Charlton40101119-2341
22Millwall4291320-3040
23Yeovil4281222-2536
24Barnsley4181221-2936
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