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Posted Sat 26 Sep 09 at 16:54 PM

Early Goals Seal Victory

Blackpool continued their sensational start to the season with a 2-0 win over Peterborough to move into the Championship play-off places.

All the damage was done inside the first 11 minutes as the Seasiders came out of the traps flying. A headed goal from skipper Jason Euell and a stunning effort from Hameur Bouazza ensured that Peterborough were to leave Bloomfield Road empty handed.

Ian Holloway opted to restore several players to the starting line-up following Tuesday's Carling Cup defeat at Stoke City, Alex Baptiste, Rob Edwards, David Vaughan and Charlie Adam were the only players to remain in the side.

The Seasiders took just three minutes to take the lead as JASON EUELL found himself unmarked in the area to head a Stephen Crainey ball into the back of the net.

BLACKPOOL 1 PETERBOROUGH 0

The away side nearly hit back almost immediately through Craig Mackail-Smith. The striker found himself space in the box and forced a great save out of Paul Rachubka, who prevented what looked to be an impending equaliser.

It was an action-packed start from both sides and nothing seemed set to surprise you. But with 11 minutes on the clock HAMEUR BOUAZZA opened his Blackpool account with an extraordinary effort from a near-impossible angle (11). The winger skipped past his man as though he wasn't there and fired the ball into the back of the net when only a cross looked forthcoming. His strike has to go down as one of the goals of the season so far.

BLACKPOOL 2 PETERBOROUGH 0

A major blow for the Seasiders came shortly after resuming play, however, Neal Eardley trudging off injured with his head well and truly down. His departure meant a league and home debut for Ash Eastham.

It didn't take long for another injury concern to start for the home side, Rob Edwards limping heavily following an earlier challenge. Luckily the defender seemed intent on running it off and staying on the field.

The atmosphere dipped a little in the ground, as Lee Frecklington had an effort from range easily claimed by Rachubka. The Seasiders still seemed to be re-organising their shape somewhat since the earlier substitution.

The Blackpool players appeared to be dropping back as the Posh started to see more of the ball. Paul Coutts saw a deflected effort wide and then George Boyd was prevented from breaking clear by an outracing Paul Rachubka.

A great bit of play between Keith Southern, Jason Euell and Brett Ormerod saw the latter nearly make it three for the Seasiders on the counter. Ormerod's effort went agonisingly wide of the far post. Lee Frecklington should have pulled one back at the other end but his strike bobbled over.

The half-time whistle probably came at the right time for both sides.

HALF-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 2 PETERBOROUGH 0

The visitors opened the second-half with a substitution, Chris Whelpdale replacing Paul Coutts. Darren Ferguson was less than happy with his side and sent them back out demanding more.

It took a great defensive header from Rob Edwards to stop George Boyd from bringing the Posh back into the game.

Charlie Adam should have made it three for Blackpool after Brett Ormerod had worked hard to keep the ball in play but the Scot fired wide when the ball fell to him.

The quick-fire goals in the first-half seemed to have taken some of the intensity out of the game - but the Seasiders still needed to be compact and solid if they were see the three points out.

Manager Ian Holloway opted to make his second change of the game just after the hour, Ben Burgess replaced Brett Ormerod. The change meant that skipper Jason Euell moved out wide to the right.

Hameur Bouazza was continuing to be a real thorn to the Peterborough side, and the crowd seemed expectant of something magical every time he touched the ball. But Charlie Adam was the next Blackpool player to try for goal following a third and final substitution from the visitors.

Ben Burgess came agonisingly close to scoring following a defensive mix-up at the back but Joe Lewis did just enough to thwart the striker. Charlie Adam, who looked to have been carrying a knock from a challenge since the opening stages, was then replaced by Al Bangura. Bangura's first real action of note was to blaze a long-range effort straight over the bar.

The Seasiders never really needed to lift out of second gear in the second-half and saw out the result on the back of three minutes of added time.

The result kept the Seasiders' home record intact and made it three league wins on the spin. Next stop Bristol City on Tuesday night.

FULL-TIME SCORE - BLACKPOOL 2 PETERBOROUGH 0

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