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Report: Blackpool 2-0 Sheff Wed

30 November 2013

Report: Blackpool 2-0 Sheff Wed

Paul Ince marked his return to the dugout with a comfortable victory over a poor Sheffield Wednesday side, as a goal in each half sealed victory for Blackpool.

Ricardo Fuller diverted Thomas Ince's corner home for the opener early on, before Dan Gosling put the game beyond doubt, side-footing home the sealer.

The scoreline could have been even heavier in Pool's favour, as Gary MacKenzie was denied by the crossbar late on, but it was a satisfying afternoon for the hosts nonetheless. 

Paul Ince named an unchanged side as he returned to his technical area for the first time in five games, meaning Tyler Blackett made his home debut for the club.

His side had to stay strong early on, as Miguel Llera had two free-kicks blocked, one of which was by the arm of Stephen Dobbie.

The hosts reacted quickly though, and Fuller had a drive deflected wide for a corner - from which he gave his side the lead from.

Ince's in-swinging kick was guided into the roof of the net by the Jamaican, to put Blackpool ahead after just seven minutes.

A lively encounter was almost taken up another notch had it not been for a big missed opportunity by the visitors. Jeremy Helan shot wide of an exposed goal from close range, having been set up by Connor Wickham.

The visitors were becoming more of a threat however, and Neal Bishop's error sent Wickham clean through, but the in-form striker shot straight at Matt Gilks.

Llera, who made one appearance for Blackpool in 2011, then headed wide from Lewis Buxton's free-kick.

The end to end action continued as MacKenzie had an effort hacked away from danger. 

The hosts were now cranking up the pressure looking for a second and Bishop's header was cleared by some frantic Wednesday defending soon after. At the other end Jose Semedo headed wide for Wednesday.

The Seasiders had the perfect chance to make the half-time score more satisfying, but a quick breakaway involving Fuller and Ince was concluded with Dobbie firing wide as Pool went in one up

The opening stages of the second half failed to live up to the intensity of the first, as a number of Wednesday's set pieces came and went without any chances of note.

Jaques Maghoma fired over for The Owls, who saw most of the ball straight after the break.

Pool's attempt of the half came on 57 minutes, as Ince's stinging drive was too hot to handle for Damien Martinez, who had Llera to thank for clearing the danger.

Another Martinez then entered the action, with Angel replacing Dobbie for Blackpool.

Finely poised at 1-0, Blackpool were in need of a second to settle the nerves and it almost came when MacKenzie's downward header was palmed over by Martinez.

From the next attack Blackpool's stand-in captain was hauled to the ground, but the protests fell of deaf ears and Wednesday broke with pace, presenting a golden opportunity to Semedo who shot wide when unmarked.

The contest was back alive, Ince then called Martinez into action, with stopper palming his low effort. 

From the next strike Blackpool got the goal they were desperate for, as Gosling made safe.

Ince's run had been stalled, but Blackett took over with the overlapping run and put it on a plate for the loanee midfielder, who side-footed home via the post to double Pool's lead. 

With ten minutes remaining Fuller was given the standing ovation he deserves, as Steve Davies was given a run out. 

As the game entered the final moments the hosts tried  for a third against a defeated Wednesday side, as Angel thumped a volley into the North Stand. 

The lively Ince was still looking for a goal himself, but was denied by Llera on the goal line after he'd lobbed Martinez.

In injury time Marvin Zeegelaar was handed his debut for the club and instantly put a corner straight on MacKenzie's head, but the Scot's effort cannoned off the underside of the bar.

That would be the last chance of a satisfying afternoon for Blackpool, as manager Ince marked his return with a comfortable win over the uninspiring Owls. 

By Mark Ridgway

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