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Posted Tue 16 Mar 10 at 21:39 PM

Full Time Report From Bramall Lane

The Seasiders and conceding early goals in Sheffield is becoming something of a habit, at Hillsbrough last month Pool found themselves one down after two minutes at Bramall Lane on Tuesday night Ian Holloway's men found themselves in arrears after just 42 seconds, Alex Baptiste struggled to deal with a long punt forward and turned behind for a corner set piece expert Nick Montgomery trotted across to the Pool right and created mayhem with a teasing set play, RICHARD CRESSWELL at the far post nipped in through a crowd to fire the hosts into the lead.

The early goal rocked the Seasiders and the hosts pressed with the lively Camera dropping into little pockets between the Pool back four and midfield three of Adam, Vaughan and Southern.

Pool's best chance of an opener fell to the right foot of Neal Eardley who on eight minutes smashed an effort just wide from long range, five minutes later Charlie Adam opted to go for goal despite having Jason Euell unmarked to his right, unfortunately the Seasiders leading scorer fired well wide.

Stephen Quinn tested Matt Gilks on 18 minutes but the Seasiders defence looked ragged and Pool were indebted to the linesman's flag, the official penalised the hosts more than half a dozen times for offside much to the frustration of the home supporters who despite being in front failed to create any atmosphere.

Charlie Adam had an appeal for a penalty waved away by referee Oliver Langford on 29 minutes with Adam protesting Keith Southern fired just wide.

Three minutes later Southern picked up a yellow card for a foul on Montgomery, the tough tackling midfielder protested his innocence but the West Midlands referee had none of it and promptly showed the midfielder his fifth card of the season.

Neal Eardley chased and over stretched to force Pool's first corner of the evening, but the Welsh international appeared to pull his hamstring he was ultimately replaced by Andy Butler who slotted in alongside Rob Edwards with Alex Baptiste switching to right back.

NICK MONTGOMERY doubled the hosts leadtwo minutes before the break, Richard Cresswell's persistence down the left found Camara who expertly laid into the path of the midfielder and the 28-year-old's sweetly struck effort flew past the unsighted Gilks.

In stoppage time Pool forced their second corner of the night but once again the set play failed to test the hosts defence.

Half Time Sheffield United 2 Blackpool 0

Sheff Utd

BLACKPOOL

55

Possession

45

3

Attempts On Target

0

0

Attempts Off Target

4

2

Corners

2

6

Fouls

1

The hosts began the second period brightly forcing an early corner that was cleared well by the Pool back four.

Having failed to threaten in the opening stages of the second period, Pool threw on Ben Burgess in place of Keith Southern, the change saw Pool switch to a 4-2-4 formation, one of the big strikers first touches was to force Bunn into a save with a header from a David Vaughan corner.

Pool's luck was summed up when Jason Euell was found by a great ball over the top by Charlie Adam, the Seasiders skipper lofted the ball over the advancing 'keeper but the Sheffield United defenders were able to recover and clear the danger.

With Pool trying to pour forward, the hosts added a third, Pool conceded possession to Darius Henderson who powered forward before pulling back to RICHARD CRESSWELL and the former Preston man was given the freedom of Bramall Lane to finish.

Pool made their third change three minutes after the goal when Barry Bannan replaced Jason Euell.

Matt GIlks was forced to save from Henri Camara after the Senegalese striker burst clear of the Pool back four.

Rob Edwards attempted was charged down by Darius Henderson on 82 minutes, the big striker then saw his rasping shot turned behind for a corner that Gilks did well to collect.

Former Middlesbrough man Mark Yeates almost made it 4-0 when he curled wide from the edge of the area.

Charlie Adam saw an 86th minute effort take a deflection behind for a corner but once again the resulting set play failed to test a well drilled home defence.

With stoppage time approaching Pool were grateful to Alex Baptiste who sprinted back to block Mark Yeates who had once again scampered clear down the Pool right.

Sheff Utd

BLACKPOOL

52%

Possession

48%

6

Attempts On Target

2

2

Attempts Off Target

7

6

Corners

5

17

Fouls

7

POOL: Gilks, Eardley (Butler 41), Baptiste, Edwards, Crainey, Vaughan, Adam, Southern (Burgess 55), Euell (Bannan 69), Campbell, Ormerod Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Clarke, Dobbie, Martin

SHEFF UTD: Bunn, Connolly (Bartley 88), Nosworthy, Seip, Stewart, Yeates, Quinn, Montgomery, Cresswell (Harper 76), Henderson, Camara Subs Not Used: Bennett, Williamson, Taylor, Bartley Little, Fortune

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands)

Attendance: 22, 555

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