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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.

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

Formation 4-5-1

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

Substitutes

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

Sheff Wed

Formation 4-5-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Sheffield Wednesday 0.

  3. Post update

    Hand ball by Jermaine Johnson (Sheffield Wednesday).

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Roger Johnson.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Marvin Zeegelaar replaces Thomas Ince.

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Miguel Ángel Llera.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Liam Palmer.

  11. Booking

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

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

  14. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jeremy Helan.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Seyi Olofinjana (Sheffield Wednesday).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

  19. Post update

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

  20. Post update

    Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).