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Blackpool 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Lewis McGugan
Lewis McGugan has scored three goals in five games

Blackpool are 17 points adrift of Championship safety as their winless run stretched to eight games with a defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

Watford loanee Lewis McGugan's third goal in five games was enough to earn Wednesday their third win in four league matches.

McGugan's curling free-kick from the left evaded everyone to find the net after the break.

Blackpool rarely threatened throughout.

It was a bad day for the bottom three, with Millwall and Wigan also losing, but Rotherham's victory at Huddersfield leaves Blackpool in even further danger.

The victory leaves Wednesday in 10th but, 13 points adrift of the top six, it would take a remarkable run of results to reignite their promotion hopes.

The visitors controlled a poor encounter, with McGugan shooting over the bar early on before striker Atdhe Nuhiu missed a free header at the back post.

Jamie O'Hara curled a free-kick over the bar in a rare Blackpool attack before McGugan fired the Owls into a deserved lead.

Wednesday dominated possession and had more shots on goal than Blackpool, who look certain to be playing League One football next season.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark: "It's getting a bigger miracle by the week that needs to happen for us to stay up.

"I'm 100% confident I'll be here next season, from the conversations I have had with the chairman.

"I want the players to stake a claim to be part of the overhaul that I'll be doing to try and get the club back to the Championship at the first attempt.

"There will be huge changes in playing personnel and how we structure everything."

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray: "It's our 18th clean sheet of the season and we deserve credit for that.

"Obviously credit has to go to the goalkeeper and the back four but we defend from the front and you needed to do that on a pitch like this.

"It was very hard to play any kind of decent football on this pitch, it just wasn't conducive to knocking the ball around."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 27BarkhuizenBooked at 53minsSubstituted forClarkeat 71'minutesBooked at 77mins
  • 2Aldred
  • 32Hall
  • 25Ferguson
  • 17Addison
  • 20OliverSubstituted forOsavi-Samuelat 60'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 34TelfordBooked at 70mins

Substitutes

  • 6Clarke
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 30Sene
  • 37Nosworthy
  • 42Boney
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
  • 48O'Dea

Sheff Wed

  • 1Westwood
  • 8Palmer
  • 15LeesBooked at 15mins
  • 35DielnaBooked at 70mins
  • 17HelanBooked at 80mins
  • 20Lee
  • 4HutchinsonSubstituted forVermijlat 18'minutes
  • 37McGugan
  • 10Maguire
  • 48KeaneSubstituted forMattockat 88'minutes
  • 9NuhiuBooked at 38mins

Substitutes

  • 2Buxton
  • 3Mattock
  • 7May
  • 19Maghoma
  • 33Melo
  • 36Vermijl
  • 43Kirkland
Referee:
Graham Scott
Attendance:
11,887

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamSheff Wed
Possession
Home44%
Away56%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home2
Away8
Fouls
Home9
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Sheffield Wednesday 1.

  3. Post update

    Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Maguire with a headed pass.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by David Ferguson.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Sheffield Wednesday. Joe Mattock replaces Will Keane.

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Bright Samuel with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  10. Post update

    Corner, Sheffield Wednesday. Conceded by Dominic Telford.

  11. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Chris Maguire (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

  12. Post update

    Atdhe Nuhiu (Sheffield Wednesday) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Miles Addison (Blackpool).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Grant Hall (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jamie O'Hara with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Booking

    Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Jeremy Helan (Sheffield Wednesday).

  17. Post update

    Bright Samuel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marnick Vermijl (Sheffield Wednesday) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Liam Palmer.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso with a headed pass.

  20. Booking

    Peter Clarke (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth36199874393566
2Derby36199868392966
3Watford362061072442866
4Middlesbrough36199854262866
5Norwich36198970393165
6Brentford361951258461262
7Ipswich361710956391761
8Wolves361610105044658
9Nottm Forest361411115951853
10Sheff Wed361213113234-249
11Blackburn351212114545048
12Charlton361115104145-448
13Leeds36138153946-747
14Birmingham361113124252-1046
15Cardiff361111144348-544
16Huddersfield36119164562-1742
17Bolton35118164354-1141
18Reading35118163753-1641
19Brighton35913134043-340
20Rotherham36913143753-1640
21Fulham36116194764-1739
22Wigan36710193248-1631
23Millwall36710193160-2931
24Blackpool36410222970-4122
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