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Match Report : 26/12/2014

26 December 2014

Report: Sheff Wed 1 Blackpool 0

Blackpool endured a dismal Boxing Day in South Yorkshire, as Chris Maguire's penalty settled a dull affair Sheffield Wednesday's way at Hillsborough.

It was another disappointing afternoon for The Seasiders, whose lack of a cutting edge was punished when Peter Clarke clattered into Stevie May.

Maguire sent Joe Lewis the wrong way with his a first-half spot-kick, and Pool failed to find a response for the remainder of the contest.

Their best opportunity was squandered by Ishmael Miller, who was later sent off, meaning like they did on New Year's Day, Blackpool left South Yorkshire empty handed.

Intent on banishing the memory of their own pre-Christmas battering, Sheffield Wednesday started well and saw Maguire bend a free-kick over early on.

The Seasiders were far from being outplayed, but were thankful when May squandered a presentable opportunity by lofting well over Lewis.

At the other end the recalled Jacob Murphy curled an effort narrowly wide following a swift breakaway, while Maguire forced Lewis into another routine save soon after.

Blackpool's main threat was coming through Murphy, whose neat skill allowed him to shoot straight at Keiren Westwood for Pool.

Mid-way through the first half Blackpool were forced into a change, with Nathan Delfouneso replacing Steven Davies.

For all the goal attempts, there was little in way of clear-cut chances and Lewis McGugan's dragged effort typified that.

However  the hosts were handed the lead moments later from out of nowhere. Following his own clearance Clarke clattered into May, and the referee pointed to the spot.

Maguire made no mistake from the spot, sending Lewis the wrong way. Immediately after scoring The Owls were let off the hook however. Miller set up Chris Eagles, who curled his effort off target.

Half Time: Sheff Wed 1 Blackpool 0

After the interval Lee Clark's men looked lively, and Delfouneso had Westwood at full stretch with a curling effort.

While at the other end Donervon Daniels hit his own crossbar, before May crashed a header over, with The Owls looking to further their advantage.

Five minutes into the second half Jacob Mellis made his return from injury, replacing Murphy.

Lewis then went on to save at the feet of McGugan, before Royston Drenthe curled an effort onto the roof of the net.

Miller then had the ball in the back of the Wednesday net, but was booked for using his hand to do so. Despite that missed opportunity, Blackpool were only still in the game thanks to their goalkeeper.

Again Lewis excelled to dive full-stretch and push May's header out for a corner, before the stopper's counterpart was just as impressive to deny Pool.

Westwood stuck out an arm to claw away Miller's diving header, following a fine cross from Delfouneso.

Blackpool's final substitution saw Charles Dunne replace Darren O'Dea, before Daniels was forced off soon after, and The Seasiders had to play the remainder of the disappointing contest a man light.

And to compound their mysery Miller was shown a second yellow card in injury time for a later tackle, as Clark's men returned home empty handed.

Full Time: Sheff Wed 1 Blackpool 0

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