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Sheff Utd   3 - 0   Blackpool

Sheffield United 3-0 Blackpool

Sheffield United 3-0 Blackpool

Richard Cresswell scored twice as Sheffield United defeated Blackpool to boost their hopes of a top-six finish.

Cresswell poked home at the far post in the first minute after Blackpool failed to clear a cross from Mark Yeates.

Matthew Gilks denied the Blades' Stephen Quinn, while Blackpool's Keith Southern missed from 16 yards out.

Nick Montgomery extended United's lead from 20 yards, while Paul Connolly cleared off the line from Jason Euell before Cresswell tapped home the third.

United have lost their last seven away fixtures - but are unbeaten in 11 games at Bramall Lane and are now three points short of Cardiff City in sixth place.

Ian Holloway's Blackpool have enjoyed a very successful campaign but are now in ninth and five points adrift of the final play-off place after back-to-back defeats.


Sheffield United coach Gary Speed:
"We need to get a result away from home. It is obviously mental; the sooner we change that the better and the boys can take a lot of heart out of this result.

"Out of the 18 players that got changed tonight, only four were here at the start of the season.

"The credit has got to go to the players and the performance was fantastic."

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway:
"Conceding after 42 seconds wasn't part of the plan but after that I thought we got the ball and stayed composed - apart from in the final third.

"You have to say overall they did better in both boxes than we did."

"The last two results haven't done us any favours whatsoever. We have got nine games left - it can change again just as quickly."

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Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Championship

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Sheff Utd 3-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Cresswell 1
  • Montgomery 43
  • Cresswell 66

    Sheff Utd

    • 23 Bunn
    • 06 Nosworthy
    • 19 Stewart
    • 20 Seip yellow card
    • 31 Connolly (Bartley 88)
    • 04 Montgomery
    • 11 Yeates
    • 28 Quinn
    • 07 Henderson
    • 17 Cresswell (Harper 76)
    • 37 Camara

    Substitutes

    • 13 Bennett,
    • 16 Taylor,
    • 21 Bartley,
    • 33 Fortune,
    • 12 Williamson,
    • 15 Harper,
    • 25 Little

    Blackpool

    • 21 Gilks
    • 03 Crainey
    • 05 Eardley (Butler 41)
    • 15 Baptiste
    • 24 Edwards
    • 04 Southern yellow card (Burgess 55)
    • 11 Vaughan
    • 26 Adam
    • 10 Ormerod
    • 18 Euell (Bannan 69)
    • 19 Campbell

    Substitutes

    • 01 Rachubka,
    • 28 Butler,
    • 14 Martin,
    • 29 Bannan,
    • 07 Clarke,
    • 09 Burgess,
    • 33 Dobbie
    Ref: LangfordAtt: 22,555
    SHEFF UTD
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Sheff Utd 52%
    • Blackpool 48%

    Attempts on target

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Blackpool 2

    Attempts off target

    • Sheff Utd 2
    • Blackpool 7

    Corners

    • Sheff Utd 6
    • Blackpool 5

    Fouls

    • Sheff Utd 17
    • Blackpool 7
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:05 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • 90:00+3:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Bartley on Ben Burgess. Barry Bannan crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
    • 90:00+1:50 Barry Bannan concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Camara. Stephen Quinn shoots direct from the free kick.
    • 89:39 Free kick crossed by Rob Edwards.
    • 89:39 Booking Marcel Seip goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 89:32 Marcel Seip gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brett Ormerod.
    • 88:32 Corner taken short by Mark Yeates.
    • 87:13 Stephen Crainey takes the direct free kick.
    • 87:13 Substitution Kyle Bartley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Paul Connolly.
    • 87:13 Dudley Campbell fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 85:06 Shot from 30 yards from Charlie Adam. Blocked by Jordan Stewart. Barry Bannan takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Paul Connolly.
    • 84:28 Darius Henderson takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
    • 83:20 Barry Bannan fouled by Nick Montgomery, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Bannan takes the direct free kick.
    • 82:09 Shot by Mark Yeates from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
    • 81:16 Inswinging corner taken by Mark Yeates from the left by-line, save by Matthew Gilks.
    • 78:59 Nick Montgomery challenges Brett Ormerod unfairly and gives away a free kick. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
    • 78:22 Shot from just outside the box by Brett Ormerod goes over the bar.
    • 75:21 Short corner worked by Mark Yeates. The ball is swung over by Mark Yeates, Foul by Darius Henderson on Matthew Gilks, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
    • 75:21 Substitution James Harper comes on in place of Richard Cresswell.
    • 74:08 The referee blows for offside. David Vaughan restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:50 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell by Nick Montgomery. Charlie Adam produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
    • 70:24 Henri Camara takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
    • Correction - 68:37 Charlie Adam challenges Nick Montgomery unfairly and gives away a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 68:37 Substitution Jason Euell goes off and Barry Bannan comes on.
    • 68:37 Nick Montgomery fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Nyron Nosworthy takes the direct free kick.
    • 68:37 Substitution Barry Bannan comes on in place of Dudley Campbell.
    • 67:37 The official flags Brett Ormerod offside. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 66:42 Ben Burgess has a shot on goal from long range that goes wide left.
    • 65:16 The assist for the goal came from Darius Henderson.
    • 65:16 GOAL - Richard CresswellSheff Utd 3 - 0 Blackpool Richard Cresswell grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Sheff Utd 3-0 Blackpool.
    • 64:43 Ben Burgess is caught offside. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
    • 63:50 Foul by Darius Henderson on Andy Butler, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 62:26 Inswinging corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
    • 61:33 Foul by Alex Baptiste on Mark Yeates, free kick awarded. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.
    • 60:40 Henri Camara gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Dudley Campbell. Direct free kick taken by Dudley Campbell.
    • 59:55 Darius Henderson fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Stephen Quinn crosses the ball in from the free kick, Ben Burgess makes a clearance.
    • 57:18 Andy Butler concedes a free kick for a foul on Henri Camara. Free kick crossed by Mark Yeates.
    • 56:48 The ball is delivered by Paul Connolly, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
    • 55:48 Corner from the right by-line taken by David Vaughan, Ben Burgess takes a shot. Save by Mark Bunn.
    • 54:17 Substitution Keith Southern leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Burgess.
    • 52:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andy Butler by Darius Henderson. Andy Butler takes the direct free kick.
    • 50:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Rob Edwards by Darius Henderson. Rob Edwards takes the direct free kick.
    • 49:24 Mark Yeates takes a outswinging corner.
    • 48:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Yeates by Stephen Crainey. Stephen Quinn takes the direct free kick.
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:14 The players leave the pitch at half time.
    • 45:00+0:27 Corner taken by David Vaughan, clearance made by Nyron Nosworthy.
    • 44:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Quinn on David Vaughan. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
    • 42:19 Henri Camara provided the assist for the goal.
    • 42:19 GOAL - Nick MontgomerySheff Utd 2 - 0 Blackpool Nick Montgomery fires in a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 2-0 Blackpool.
    • 40:25 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Andy Butler coming on for Neal Eardley.
    • Correction - 38:37 Corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line played to the near post.
    • 38:37 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Keith Southern played to the near post.
    • 38:26 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, Mark Yeates manages to make a clearance.
    • 36:10 The offside flag is raised against Darius Henderson. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
    • 32:42 Neal Eardley delivers the ball, Keith Southern has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 30:59 Free kick taken by Mark Bunn.
    • 30:59 Booking Keith Southern receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
    • 30:48 Unfair challenge on Nick Montgomery by Keith Southern results in a free kick.
    • 28:25 Shot by Keith Southern from deep inside the penalty area misses wide to the left of the target.
    • 27:08 Nyron Nosworthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Jason Euell. David Vaughan takes the free kick.
    • 26:47 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, save by Mark Bunn.
    • 26:35 Charlie Adam crosses the ball, clearance by Marcel Seip.
    • 25:40 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
    • 21:30 Henri Camara is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:33 The assistant referee flags for offside against Dudley Campbell. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
    • 19:54 Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Yeates on Charlie Adam. Rob Edwards takes the free kick.
    • 18:45 The assistant referee flags for offside against Darius Henderson. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
    • 18:00 Henri Camara is ruled offside. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
    • 17:45 Stephen Quinn takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
    • 15:50 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nyron Nosworthy on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick. The assistant referee signals for offside against Jason Euell. Mark Bunn takes the indirect free kick.
    • 14:06 The assistant referee flags for offside against Darius Henderson. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 12:34 Effort from the edge of the area by Charlie Adam goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 11:54 The assistant referee flags for offside against Brett Ormerod. Mark Bunn restarts play with the free kick.
    • 9:54 The offside flag is raised against Brett Ormerod. Mark Bunn takes the free kick.
    • 9:35 The ball is sent over by Brett Ormerod.
    • 7:37 Neal Eardley has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.
    • 6:34 Mark Yeates gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan. Rob Edwards restarts play with the free kick.
    • 6:00 Henri Camara is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
    • 4:38 Corner taken right-footed by Jordan Stewart, clearance made by Jason Euell.
    • 3:47 The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, Nyron Nosworthy makes a clearance.
    • 3:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Darius Henderson. Rob Edwards restarts play with the free kick.
    • Correction - 0:38 The assist for the goal came from Nick Montgomery.
    • 0:38 Assist on the goal came from Nick Montgomery.
    • 0:38 GOAL - Richard CresswellSheff Utd 1 - 0 Blackpool A goal is scored by Richard Cresswell from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Sheff Utd 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 0:13 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Nick Montgomery,
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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    Championship table snapshot

    As it stood on 16 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Newcastle 35 40 73
    2 West Brom 37 33 72
    3 Nottm Forest 37 20 64
    4 Leicester 36 11 60
    5 Swansea 37 6 60
    6 Cardiff 36 14 55
    7 Sheff Utd 37 3 52
    8 Doncaster 37 4 51
    9 Blackpool 37 6 50
    10 Coventry 37 -7 50
    11 Middlesbrough 37 7 49
    12 Barnsley 36 -9 49
    13 Preston 37 -7 48
    14 Reading 35 -3 47
    15 Bristol City 37 -12 45
    16 QPR 36 -5 44
    17 Ipswich 37 -7 44
    18 Derby 37 -11 43
    19 Watford 35 -6 42
    20 Sheff Wed 37 -18 39
    21 Crystal Palace 36 -2 38
    22 Scunthorpe 35 -21 38
    23 Plymouth 36 -16 34
    24 Peterborough 37 -20 30


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