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Match Report : 23/08/2014

23 August 2014

Report: Wigan 1 Blackpool 0

Blackpool failed to repeat the drama from their last visit to the DW Stadium, this time falling to a slender defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic.

José Riga’s side have now lost their opening five games of the campaign, after Oriol Riera settled the contest the way of The Latics.

The Seasiders lacked a cutting edge, but should have taken a point after Nile Ranger miscued at the back post with the goal gaping.

It means Pool made the short journey home still with no points for their efforts so far this campaign.

Blackpool, who were wearing black armbands in memory of Kevin Olsson, should have led after a minute, but Donervon Daniels could only head Tony McMahon's free-kick wide.

It took Wigan until the 14th minute to register their first real attempt, but Emmerson Boyce couldn’t keep his effort down and fired over Joe Lewis’ goal.

And six minutes later the hosts should have gone ahead. Riera’s cross was met by former-Pool loanee Callum McManaman, but the winger miss-fired at the back post and the chance was gone.

The opportunities kept coming for The Latics however, next McManaman turned provider for Don Cowie, who headed over with the goal gaping.

And they finally found the breakthrough on 35 minutes, as Riera fired through a hosts of bodies inside the Blackpool box and into the bottom corner.

McMananan was then denied by some desperate Pool defending, with Daniels sliding in with the winger and clearing.

The Wigan man was everywhere, next dragging an effort narrowly wide, before Blackpool created a presentable opportunity for themselves.

Sergei Zenjov engineered the attack himself down the right, and eventually found John Lundstram, who twisted and turned, before seeing his effort deflected off his own man and wide.

That was the final chance of the half, as Pool went into the break behind.

Half Time: Wigan 1 Blackpool 0

After the break Riga brought Ishmael Miller off the bench in place of Jeffrey Rentmeister.

Nathan Delfouneso sliced Pool’s first chance of the second half, while Riera shot at Lewis at the other end.

McManaman was then twice denied by some solid Daniels defending, before Ranger replaced Zenjov with 25 minutes left.

And the striker had a golden chance to level moments later, getting on the end of Miller’s cross, only to divert his effort over the bar.

The hosts should have sealed the result on 82 minutes, but Rob Kiernan headed James Tavernier’s free-kick over the bar.

With a minute left Miller latched on to Ranger’s flick, only to drag an effort well wide of Scott Carson’s goal.

As the board went up for four added minutes, Tomasz Cywka came on in place of Zoko.

The midfielder failed to make an impact however, and The Seasiders were beaten again.

Full Time: Wigan 1 Blackpool 0

By Mark Ridgway

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