Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Blackpool 3 Spurs 1

Brett Ormerod scored a landmark goal as Blackpool ended their six match winless run in emphatic style over Champions League contenders Spurs.The veteran striker sealed victory for the Seasiders following first half goals from Charlie Adam and DJ Campbell, meaning he has scored for the club in all four divisions of English football.Roman Pavlyuchenko pulled a goal back for the visitors deep into injury time, but it was too little too late in a game that will go down in Bloomfield Road folklore.Every man in tangerine played their heart out and demonstrated 'relegation' isn't a word in their vocabulary.Spurs were half the side that swept away AC Milan at the San Siro last week and were luckless in front of goal after amassing a colossal 25 goal attempts.
Ian Holloway handed Belarussian striker Sergei Kornilenko his debut following his transfer deadline day move from Zenit St Petersburg, whilst Ludovic Sylvestre replaced the injured Elliott Grandin in midfield.
The game’s opening was rather subdued until Sebastian Bassong bundled over DJ Campbell in the box on the quarter hour mark with referee Chris Foy immediately pointing to the spot.The ever reliable Charlie Adam stepped up to clinically dispatch the penalty past the outstretched hand of Heurelho Gomes to give the home side the lead.
Spurs responded when Steven Pienaar had a close-range effort blocked by Craig Cathcart, with Adam’s resulting clearance ricocheting back off the former South African and flashing inches wide of the post.
Cathcart showed his defensive quality once again when he heroically headed Jermaine Defoe’s effort off the line before Alex Baptiste cleared another effort from the England international moments later.In typical fashion, Blackpool seized upon their opponents vulnerability on the counter attack to score a classic breakaway goal on the stroke of half time.Excellent interplay between Pool’s attacking trio resulted in James Beattie crossing for DJ Campbell to volley home and double the home side’s advantage.
Jermaine Jenas replaced Wilson Palacios for the visitors at the break and immediately spurned a golden chance to respond when he dragged Pavlyuchenko’s inviting cross wide.Aaron Lennon was proving a constant menace down the right wing and crossed for Pavlyuchenko whose header drew a tremendous reaction save from Kingson.Spurs were inflicting constant waves of pressure on the Blackpool backline with every player in tangerine pinned back in their own half.Defoe crossed for substitute Nico Krancjar who failed to convert from a tight angle before Kingson pulled off another miraculous save to deny another Pavlyuchenko header.Modric chipped over the onrushing Kingson but his effort lacked pace and Baptiste cleared off the line once more as Spurs were left frustrated in their efforts.
Matt Phillips and Brett Ormerod were introduced on the hour mark and both combined to score the vital third.Phillips charged into the box before a defensive mix-up between Assou-Ekotto and Gomes allowed Ormerod to slip the ball into an unguarded net.The Bloomfield Road faithful were in full voice right up until the final whistle with Pavlyuchenko's deflected effort proving a mere consolation.
Looking back on a memorable night, an exuberant Ian Holloway said: “There’s not a word in the dictionary to say how pleased I am.“I don’t think we got we deserved here against Manchester City or Manchester United."We needed it, we've probably had one of the best nights I can ever remember, beating Tottenham Hotspur here."It was a fantastic night for everyone connected to the club. Does that make us better than AC Milan? I don’t really think so!"The gaps my lads are bridging in this level from where we were/should be is phenomenal.Unfortunately 32 points would have kept us off last season, and we know we’re going to need a fair few more than that.”

This could be the turning point for Blackpool, who have opened up a five point gap between themselves and the drop-zone.A tough trip to Wolves awaits on Saturday in what will be a crucial relegation six-pointer.

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