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Posted Sat 25 Apr 15 at 17:00 PM

Report: Cardiff City 3 Blackpool 2

Blackpool's form away from Bloomfield Road was summed up in one afternoon in Wales, as The Seasiders officially went a full season without winning on the road.

Lee Clark's side caused their own problems against Cardiff City, conceding two penalties on their way to a disappointing 3-2 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Andrea Orlandi provided the only real piece of quality for Pool, curling home his fourth goal of the season, while Peter Clarke knocked home an injury time consolation, however City's opener through Joe Mason, aided by some sloppy Pool defending, set the tone for another hard afternoon.

Eoin Doyle tucked away two successful penalties for Cardiff, as Blackpool were finally put out of their misery on the road. 

With nothing riding on the game it was a predictably laboured opening ten minutes, with Gary Madine's wayward header the only chance of note. Cardiff's Mason asked the first question for the hosts, but his effort was dragged wide of Ell Parish's goal. 

The breakthrough arrived on 19 minutes and had Clark livid with nature of the goal. Craig Noone's cross was initially cut out by the Blackpool defence, but Mason was allowed to pick up on the loose ball, swivel and hit a deflected effort which looped beyond Parish. 

At the other end Blackpool's reaction was fairly weak, as Clarke headed Jamie O'Hara's cross harmlessly wide following a short corner. It was the mid-table hosts enjoying the lion's share of possession, and they were almost rewarded when Fabio Da Silva's cross clipped the crossbar. 

It didn't take them long to give the result a more impressive look however, as Henry Cameron tripped Aron Gunnarsson inside the area and Doyle confidently sent Parish the wrong way from 12 yards. 

Madine's header was comfortably saved by David Marshall in the Cardiff goal soon after, with Pool looking to give themselves a chance in the remainder of the contest. As the board for additional time went up Mason curled a free-kick into the arms of Parish, as Pool went in 2-0 behind.

Half Time: Cardiff 2 Blackpool 0

At half-time Clark opted to make two changes, with Orlandi and Dom Telford replacing Bright Osayi-Samuel and José Cubero. And the changes instantly affected the game, as within three minutes the deficit had been halved.

Orlandi picked up the ball, drove forward and curled a fine effort into the bottom corner from the edge of the box. However, they were instantly dealt a blow as Madine hobbled off injured, meaning Darren O'Dea tucked into the defence and Clarke moved up front.

The goal kick-started a mini Blackpool revival, as Charles Dunne's speculative effort deflected narrowly wide of Marshall's goal. However, their improvement was to count for nothing when a second penalty went the way of the hosts.

Miles Addison was adjudged to have pushed Doyle, a decision which left Clark incensed at full-time, but it gave the striker another opportunity from the spot, and he obliged by tucking home the third.

Cardiff were back in control and substitute Anthony Pilkington shot into the arms of Parish. As for Pool, Clarke directed O'Hara's free-kick straight at Marshall. 

In added time he did at least cap his stint up front with a goal, sliding in to knock O'Hara's cross into the roof of the net, but it proved not enough for the visitors. 

Full Time: Cardiff 3 Blackpool 2

By Mark Ridgway

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