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Posted Mon 12 Apr 10 at 09:42 AM

Full Time Report From Newcastle

It was the Seasiders who had the first attempt on goal when Charlie Adam tried his luck from long range in the opening stages, the Scottish international didn't strike it as well as he might and the effort drifted well wide.

Newcastle's first threat came after Charlie Adam's reckless challenge on Gutierrez on seven minutes saw the Magpies have a free kick on the edge of the area, but Danny Guthrie's cheeky free kick came to nothing.

Having had enjoyed the majority of possession in the opening ten minutes Pool found themselves one down on eleven minutes, JONAS GUTTIERREZ nicked the ball off Seamus Coleman and Alex Baptiste and wriggled towards goal, the Argentinean then saw his finish take a massive deflection off Ian Evatt to leave Gilks wrong footed.

DJ Campbell squandered a glorious opportunity of eighteen minutes when Charlie Adam sent the Leicester loanee racing clear with a fantastic defence splitting ball, Campbell found himself one on one with Harper but could direct his finish straight at the Newcastle stopper.

Stephen Crainey picked up the games first caution on twenty minutes when he was shown the yellow card following a foul on Routledge

Pool earned their first corner of the afternoon on 26 minutes but the low driven corner from Charlie Adam didn't trouble the Newcastle defence.

Keith Southern tried his luck a minute later but his daisy cutter was easily saved by Harper.

The half hour mark saw Charlie Adam see a shot blocked by Nolan and loop straight into the arms of Harper, moments later Pool wasted another corner after good work from Seamus Coleman.

Having again enjoyed plenty of possession Pool conceded a second, Gary Taylor-Fletcher was penalised for a foul, Danny Guthrie stepped up to take the resulting free kick and crossed to ANDY CARROLL who headed beyond Matthew Gilks.

Half Time Newcastle 2 Blackpool 0

A Danny Guthrie free kick in the opening stages of the second period forced Gilks into a fine save low to his right.

The woodwork came to the Seasiders rescue on 52 minutes, a great cross from the right was met by the head of Carroll but fortunately for Pool the ball rebounded off the post and the Tangerines defence were able to clear,

Pool were riding their luck and on 55 minutes Guttierez forced Gilks to save after a jinking run that left four Pool players in his wake.

Danny Guthrie picked up a booking for Newcastle on 58 minutes after he cut short David Vaughan's surging run forward.

Gilks produced another fantastic save on the hour to deny Carroll who once again was picked out by a fantastic cross from Gutierrez.

Newcastle's dominance was rewarded on 62 minutes when KEVIN NOLAN rounded off a fine move, once again Gutierrez caused problems down the Pool right, he found the former Bolton man who rode the challenge of Baptiste before coolly finishing beyond Gilks.

Pool made a double on 65 minutes when Ben Burgess and Gary Taylor-Fletcher made way for Stephen Dobbie and Brett Ormerod.

Two minutes later David Vaughan made way for Barry Bannan.

Peter Lovenkrands blazed over on 72 minutes after the Seasiders were caught on a swift counter attack.

Less than four minutes later Newcastle supporters were celebrating their fourth when WAYNE ROUTLEDGE fired home.

Barry Bannan saw a teasing free kick on 83 minutes met by Ian Evatt at the far post, but the big defender had crept just offside.

Pool managed to pull one back, Stephen Crainey found Stephen Dobbie with a great ball from the left Dobbie took a touch before unleashing a fantastic strike that was tipped away by Steven Harper straight to BRETT ORMEROD who fired home to prompt a chorus of "We're gonna win 5-4" from teh travelling Tangerine army.

DJ Campbell almost made it 4-2 when he glanced a Brett Ormerod cross just wide with stoppage time approaching.

In stoppage time Steve Harper denied Stephen Dobbie with a brave block.

Full Time Newcastle 4 Blackpool 1

Pool: Gilks, Coleman, Baptiste, Evatt, Crainey, Adam, Southern, Vaughan (Bannan 67), Taylor-Fletcher (Dobbie 65), Burgess (Ormerod 65), Campbell Subs: Halstead, Clarke, Euell, Edwards

Newcastle: Harper, Coloccini, Nolan (Barton 70), Williamson, Guthrie, Routledge, Lovenkrands, Simpson (Ameobi 75), Guttierrez, Carroll, Kadar (Taylor 37) Subs: Smith, Best, Pancrate, Krul

Attendance: 47,010

Referee: Mr M P Russell (Hertfordshire)

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