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Posted Sat 29 Aug 09 at 16:56 PM

Full Time Report From Bloomfield Road

One or two of the doom and gloom brigade predicted one of those "after the Lord Mayor's show" type performances, but they will have left Bloomfield Road looking for some Tangerine Tinted spectacles as the Seasiders swept to the first League win under Ian Holloway. A Charlie Adam penalty and goals from Ben Burgess and Gary Taylor-Fletcher saw Pool home in a one sided affair.

The visitors backed by a bumper Bank Holiday following got things underway and after just two minutes the Sky Blues could and perhaps should have been in a front a neat move down the Coventry right saw the highly rated Aaron Gunnarsson cross to Jack Cork who from twelve yards fired just wide.

Charlie Adam fired a 25 yard free kick into the giant flag housed in the South Stand on four minutes, the talented Scot stepped up to take the set play after Brett Ormerod had been sent tumbling by Stephen Wright.

Pool were denied an opener two minutes later, Brett Ormerod skipped away down the left before finding Gary Taylor-Fletcher with a pin point cross, Pool's versatile wide man saw his stooping header rebound off the bar and out for a goalkick with Westwood beaten. Moments later Westwood bravely blocked at the feet of Ormerod after the veteran front man was sent clear by a fantastic ball from Charlie Adam.

Michael McIndoe who has caused Pool problems throughout his career showed his danger on ten minutes, the left winger beat Neal Eardley before causing the Pool back four all kinds of problems with a sweeping cross, the Seasiders had to be content with Stephen Crainey nodding behind for Coventry's first corner of the afternoon.

Ian Holloway bemoaned his club's lack of good fortune on Saturday at Watford and 13 minutes Pool were awarded a penalty when Ben Burgess was upended inside the box by Sammy Clingan, the referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and CHARLIE ADAM stepped up to smash the spot kick beyond the despairing grasp of Westwood.

Two minutes after the goal, Pool forced their first corner of the afternoon but the Tangerines were unable to trouble the Coventry keeper.

Adam was to pick his second booking of the season on 25 minutes following series of fouls that Mr Miller took exception to.

Coventry forced three corners in quick succession just after the half hour and on each occasion, the Seasiders defence stood firm and cleared the danger with ease.

Neal Eardley continued to impress at right back and it was the Welsh International who almost produced the cross for Pool to double their lead, Eardley floated over a fantastic ball that caused the Coventry defence all kinds of problems with Ben Burgess lurking at the far post Martin Craine had to be content with turning behind for a corner.

Half Time Blackpool 1 Coventry 0

Both sides cancelled each other out in the opening quarter hour of the second half until BEN BURGESS doubled the Seasiders lead, Jason Euell burst forward after Keith Southern had won the ball with a trademark challenge, Euell spotted Brett Ormerod wide on the left, Ormerod then crossed to the big striker who headed home from just inside the six yard area.

The goal prompted a mass exit from the East Stand with Coventry supporters opting to spend the remainder of the afternoon on the various attractions of the town.

Less than five minutes later Burgess made way for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, Burgess left to a standing ovation from the appreciative Pool faithful.

A goal line clearance from Paul Rachubka kept the Seasiders two goal advantage midway through the second period, the visitors beat Pool's offside trap to the fury of Ian Evatt and Rob Edwards but Leon Best was denied.

Within two minutes Pool had made it 3-0 when GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER fired home, GTF who had switched to centre forward following Pool's substitution fired home after he had blocked Keith Southern's shot from the edge of the ball, Jason Euell picked up the rebound and made the most of some woeful defending to square across to Taylor-Fletcher who ensured Pool's first League win of the campaign.

Those Coventry fans who opted to stay after Burgess had made it 2-0 soon joined their colleagues at the Pleasure Beach and in the pub leaving just a smattering of Sky Blues in the East Stand.

With ten minutes remaining Pool made a double change with Al Bangura and David Vaughan the change was met by a standing ovation from the jubilant Pool supporters.

Neal Eardley saw a free kick smash into the defensive wall on 83 minutes as Pool continued to dominate proceedings.

The Seasiders go into the international break on a high and the future is definitely bright and definitely Tangerine!

Full Time Blackpool 3 Coventry City 0

POOL: Rachubka, Eardley, Edwards, Evatt, Crainey, Taylor-Fletcher (Vaughan 80), Southern, Adam (Bangura 80), Euell, Ormerod, Burgess (Emmanuel-Thomas 61) Subs Not Used: Gilks, Clarke, Almond, Baptiste

Attendance: 8239 (1560 Cov)

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