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Match Report : 06/12/2014

6 December 2014

Report: Blackpool 1 Birmingham 0

The warning signs have been there from Blackpool in recent weeks, and Lee Clark's rein is truly up and running after Steven Davies scored the only goal against Birmingham City.

The striker's second goal in two games helped dispatch his manager's former club, latching onto a long kick from Joe Lewis and prodding home on 55 minutes.

Blackpool are now on double figures for points, after withstanding late pressure from the visitors to claim a second victory of the season.

Still some way from safety, but three crucial points could prove a real jolt in the arm of Blackpool's season.

The in-form Blues arrived at Bloomfield Road unbeaten under Gary Rowett, and David Cotterill set about extending that run with a low free-kick which Lewis easily kept out.

Chris Eagles had started lively for The Seasiders, and when his cross created a chance Davies couldn't miss the Bloomfield Road faithful were on their feet, but prematurely as the linesman's flag ruled out the goal.

In the Pool goal Lewis' second save was just as straightforward as the first, collecting a Stephen Gleeson volley, while he was grateful to see Demarai Gray's effort take a nick on its way over his bar.

Loanee Michael Morrison was next to threaten for the visitors, heading across goal with Lewis stranded, before Jamie O'Hara shot at Darren Randolph at the other end.

Cotterill then fired another straightforward shot at Lewis, as the two sides went in for the break level.

Half Time: Blackpool 0 Birmingham 0

After the interval the two sides looked to warm up a freezing Bloomfield Road. Clayton Donaldson dragged an effort wide for Birmingham, before Eagles shot off-target at the other end.

But the next chance created by The Seasiders was dispatched far more devastatingly. A long ball by Lewis allowed Davies to turn his man, before nipping in ahead of Randolph to poke home the opener.

The goal was Davies' second goal in two games, but his first at Bloomfield Road in over a year.

With their tails up Pool set about extending the lead, and Jacob Murphy stung the palms of Randolph, before Lewis claimed a dangerous looking Cotterill cross.

With a five minute spell Clark brought on Tony McMahon, Nathan Delfouneso and Ishmael Miller all came on, with Eagles, Davies and Stuart O'Keefe making way.

And it was all Blackpool around the hour mark, as Murphy's outrageous lob from all of 40 yards was tipped over by Randolph. The winger was looking a real  threat, and tested the stopper again on 79 minutes.

Captain McMahon was next to try his luck, but shot straight at Randolph, as did Murphy in injury time.

It proved the final chance of  the contest, as The Seasiders held on to spread pure relief around Bloomfield Road.

Full Time: Blackpool 1 Birmingham 0

By Mark Ridgway

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