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Posted Wed 10 Feb 10 at 10:09 AM

Seasiders Go Down In South Yorkshire

The weather forecasters correctly predicted another bout of subzero temperatures in South Yorkshire and as the Seasiders took to the field temperatures dipped below zero, but to their credit each supporter joined their Wednesday counterparts in applauding the life of Corporal Liam Riley who sadly lost his life in Afghanistan recently.

It was a much changed Seasiders that got things underway but Pool found themselves behind after just two minutes, Tommy Spurr found space down the Pool right and the defender's teasing cross was met by the head of JAMES O'CONNOR to give the hosts an early lead.

Having gone a goal down, Pool began to enjoy plenty of possession without really testing the Wednesday defence, Ian Holloway sporting a Tangerine and white striped hat continued to bark orders from the touchline, one of which saw Alex Baptiste and Rob Edwards switch roles, Edwards had begun the game at right back but was soon moved to his more preferred role alongside Andy Butler.

The twenty minute mark saw Pool test Lee Grant for the first time, a patient build up involving Euell, Dobbie and Campbell saw the latter find David Vaughan on the left flank, Vaughan twisted past his man before a cross cum shot forced Grant to save at the second attempt.

At the other end Sheffield Wednesday could have doubled their advantage, a long punt forward from Grant was flicked on by Varney to Tudgay who laid off to Michael Gray but the veteran midfielder could only direct his finish high over Paul Rachubka's cross bar.

Jason Euell tried his luck from long range on 26 minutes but the Pool skipper's first time strike failed to hit the target and Lee Grant cleared the resulting goal kick.

DJ Campbell almost headed Pool back on to level terms, Jason Euell found Stephen Dobbie wide on the left, the in form front man then floated a great cross over to Campbell who saw his powerful header fly just wide with Grant scrambling across goal.

Luke Varney squandered another great chance on 34 minutes, another long punt forwarded was headed into the path of Varney and the striker on loan from Derby unleashed a rasping strike that whistled just over.

Pool looked uneasy at the back and we harried and pressed everytime the Seasiders were in possession and Paul Rachubka almost made it on to the end of season howlers DVD when he spliced a back pass behind for a corner.

As the half time whistle approached Gary Taylor-Fletcher lofted a shot just over after some neat build up play but the Seasiders went in behind at the interval.

Half Time Sheffield Wednesday 1 Blackpool 0

Sheffield Wednesday almost doubled their lead in the opening stages of the second period when Darren Potter tried his luck from long range, fortunately for Pool Rachubka was able throw himself to his right and save at the second attempt.

The home supporters who had been unusually subdued despite their advantage were brought to life again five minutes after the restart when DARREN POTTER fired into the bottom left hand corner from the edge of the area.

Pool forced their first corner of the second half on 53 minutes but the quickly taken set play failed to test the Wednesday defence.

The Seasiders continued to try their neat passing game on 66 minutes Pool forced another corner, this time Stephen Dobbie's cross was flicked on by Jason Euell at the near post, but the Wedensday defence stood firm and cleared the danger.

Wednesday almost added third moments later when Luke Varney was found unmarked on the edge of the area by a great ball from Soares, Varney side forced towards goal but was denied by Rachubka who expertly tipped behind.

With thirteen minutes remaining Pool made their first change of the evening when a shattered looking Stephen Dobbie made way for Ben Burgess

With ten minutes remaining David Vaughan had a long range strike saved at the second attempt by Grant.

With less than five minutes remaining Pool made a double change with Stephen Husband being given his first taste of Championship football in place of Keith Southern, whilst Al Bangura replaced David Vaughan.

Pool line up: Rachubka, Baptiste, Edwards, Butler, Crainey, Southern (Husband 86), Euell, Vaughan (Bangura 86), Dobbie (Burgess 77), Taylor-Fletcher, CampbellSubs Not Used: Gilks, Evatt, Martin, Almond

Attendance 19,058 (Away TBC)

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