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Posted Sat 19 Oct 13 at 14:10 PM

Report: Blackpool 1 Wigan 0

A first half penalty from Tom Ince proved crucial as Blackpool overcame Wigan Athletic in an entertaining Lancashire derby at Bloomfield Road.

Ince fired into the top corner from the spot, after home debutant Dan Gosling was brought down by Scott Carson. 

The Latics struck the woodwork twice after the break, both through Grant Holt, whilst Ince and Steve Davies both came close to doubling Pool's lead, but one goal proved enough. 

Paul Ince, watching from home, made only one change to the side that drew with Charlton a fortnight ago, Gosling came in to make his first Blackpool start, replacing Isaiah Osbourne.

There was an electric atmosphere inside Bloomfield Road from the off, and Wigan were the first to threaten, with James McArthur heading harmlessly wide. 

On nine minutes the visitors missed a golden opportunity to go ahead. Ben Watson's free-kick was headed across goal, and Nick Powell, from close range, headed wide whilst unmarked.

Three minutes later and the hosts should have edged ahead, Chris Basham crossed for Ince, but winger could only volley over at the back post.

The breakthrough came on 24 minutes to the delight of the home support. Gosling, on his home debut, broke into the box and was brought down by Scott Carson, giving the referee no option but to point to the spot.

Ince, unfazed by Carson's mind games, sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, smashing into the top corner to put The Seasiders ahead. 

The Latics threatened a quick response, but Powell's flicked header from a Watson cross fell wide of the mark, before James McClean fired over moments later. 

The action refused to hold up, this time Blackpool came close. From a quick breakaway, Ince had an stinging drive parried, before Neal Bishop's follow up was blocked by some desperate Athletic defending. 

With the last chance of the half Watson bent a well-positioned free-kick into the wall, meaning the hosts went in for half-time ahead. 

For all their possession after the break, the visitors failed to create a chance early in the second half, so Owen Coyle made a double change. He released Holt and Marc-Antonie Fortune, who replaced Powell and Gomez. 

It was McClean who registered the first shot after the break, but his effort from outside the box was always swerving away from goal, before he headed over a minute later. 

Callum McManaman, on his return to Bloomfield Road, was hauled off on 65 minutes, being replaced by Jean Beausejour. 

It was far from one-way traffic however, and Stephen Dobbie opted for a snapshot, after being set through by Ince, but the loanee's effort flew off target. 

It could have been 2-0 on 70 minutes, terrier-like midfield play by Gosling allowed him the opportunity to pick out the run of Ricardo Fuller, but the striker's attempted lob was over-hit and off target.

Irish international McClean continued to be the main Latics outlet, and the winger shot wide three minutes later. 

With quarter of an hour remaining Wigan were inches from equalising, firstly Holt headed onto the crossbar, before Emmerson Boyce saw his follow up cleared off the line.

With that the hosts made their first change, which saw Dobbie replaced by Angel Martinez.

Second later and lady luck was again shining on the hosts, as Holt's glancing header came back off the upright, and McClean smashed the rebound into the stands.

Eight minutes were left on the clock when Alex Rae made his next change, with Davies replacing Fuller.

For the final few minutes Wigan threw caution to the wind and almost got their reward, but Leon Barnett's sweeping effort was kept out by the legs of Matt Gilks. Once the danger was cleared Blackpool broke, and Ince fashioned an opening for himself, before having an effort deflected wide.

From the resulting corner, which wasn't properly cleared, Davies found himself with a golden chance to put the game beyond doubt. His low effort crept under Carson, but was kept out by a magnificent goal line cleared from Barnett.

The chances kept coming from Pool, Ince was next to be left frustrated, when his effort as kept out by Carson.

From that corner Davies had two bite of the cherry, both kept out by Carson, the striker then bundled the ball home, but it was chalked off.

Desperate to put the result beyond doubt, Gosling then fired narrowly over from the edge of the box. 

As the game entered stoppage time tempers began to over boil, and after a scuffle broke out McClean was shown a straight red card to compound Wigan's misery. 

That dismissal was the last action of an entertaining derby, and despite a flurry of late opportunities wasted by Blackpool, they held on for three vital points. 

By Mark Ridgway

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