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Posted Tue 23 Mar 10 at 22:31 PM

Super Show Stuns Swansea

Brett Ormerod helped himself to two goals as a stunning display of attacking football saw Blackpool hit Swansea City for five.

The Seasiders ran amok against their play-off rivals and banished memories of a poor first-half performance against Palace on Saturday with some thrilling exhibition stuff.

Two goals for Ormerod - the second a world class strike - and one apiece from Ben Burgess, Ian Evatt and Gary Taylor-Fletcher sealed a vintage display that has to go down as one of the best performances at Bloomfield Road this season, despite a late consolation goal from Cedric Van Der Gun.

Ian Holloway had made reference to the Dog and Duck and Real Madrid after Saturday's showing against Palace - but tonight the team played more like Barcelona.

The Seasiders made a number of changes for the game against the Swans, all three substitutes from Saturday - Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Brett Ormerod and Ben Burgess - started and Stephen Husband and Barry Bannan dropped to the bench. Stephen Dobbie was ineligible to face his parent club due to the terms of his loan agreement.

A great move by two of those who started, Burgess and Taylor-Fletcher, resulted in the Seasiders first effort of the night, Blackpool's number nine knocking the ball down off his chest for the latter to test Dorus De Vries.

Burgess then challenged the goalkeeper himself minutes later but De Vries just managed to punch the ball clear before the striker could connect a clean header.

The Seasiders were dominating the early possession and it wasn't long until they made it count, Billy Clarke picked up the ball on the edge of the area and forced a fine save out of De Vries before BRETT ORMEROD followed up to score (12).


Charlie Adam almost added a quick-fire second for the home side little over a minute after the restart, firing his strike just wide of the post from 18-yards out. The early stages of the game were in stark contrast to the performance against Palace on Saturday.

The visitors were struggling to find a way into the game as the Seasiders continued to play some neat one and two touch passes. But a run down the right from Nathan Dyer did bring slight concern for Blackpool until Ian Evatt produced a great block to deny him a clear shot at goal.

Dyer was gradually coming into the game more often and looked to be Swansea's best shout of finding a way back into the game, although David Cotterill could have had that opportunity had it not been for the onrushing Matt Gilks.

The Seasiders made it two in first-half injury time after the referee played the advantage when Billy Clarke was blocked off the ball. Seamus Coleman broke into the area and pulled the ball back for IAN EVATT to double Blackpool's lead (45+1).


It didn't take long for 'Glad all over' to start ringing out at Bloomfield Road again in the second-half, a mazy run from Billy Clarke on the right should have resulted in a goal for the Irishman, but instead his effort came back off the post and BEN BURGESS was there to prod the ball in (49).


Some great defensive play from Alex Baptiste at the other end prevented Shefki Kuqi from finding an immediate reply for Swansea, as the home side continued to outplay the opposition.

Keith Southern was at his industrious best at the heart of the midfield as he broke up the play on several occasions to move the Seasiders onto the front foot. It was fast becoming a vintage performance from the home side and one of the best showings at Bloomfield Road this season.

Charlie Adam was the next player to take on the Swansea defence but he dragged his effort wide after finding room to manoeuvre.

Swansea boss Paulo Sousa opted to make a triple change in an effort to find a way back into the game, Gorka Pintado, Darren Pratley and Andrea Orlandi coming on for Leon Britton, Shefki Kuqi and David Cotterill.

The Seasiders responded with a change of their own as Billy Clarke, who had tormented the Swansea defence all night, was replaced by Barry Bannan.

It was soon to be 4-0 as BRETT ORMEROD got a second with a stunning strike from the edge of the area. The striker cut in from the right and unleashed a zipping effort into the top corner (67). Pure class.


Manager Ian Holloway chose to change personnel once again after the goal by bringing on Stephen Husband and Jason Euell for Charlie Adam and Ben Burgess, both of whom left the field to a standing ovation.

Some of the 323 Swansea fans who had made the trip from Wales were now starting to filter out as every Blackpool touch was given a loud cheer by the crowd.

That cheer was to get even louder with less than ten minutes remaining as Seamus Coleman broke into the area and played in GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER for the simplest of tap-ins (81).


The fifth goal triggered a response from the visitors as Cedric Van Der Gun forced his way into the box and slotted a consolation goal for the Swans, meaning that the Seasiders missed the chance to keep a clean sheet.

Swansea's best spell of possession was actually coming in the closing stages of the game as two efforts deflected wide. But the final word nearly went to the home side when Jason Euell forced a fine save out of Dorus De Vries.


Attendance: 9,149 (323 away)

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