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Brett Ormerod celebrates scoring his second goal for Blackpool
Brett Ormerod celebrates scoring his second goal for Blackpool

Blackpool reignited their play-off hopes by thrashing promotion rivals Swansea City at a wet Bloomfield Road.

Brett Ormerod opened the scoring on 13 minutes sliding home after Dorus De Vries parried Billy Clarke's shot.

Ian Evatt doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time, driving through a crowd of players.

Ben Burgess added the third, Ormerod grabbed his second and Gary Taylor-Fletcher made it 5-0 before Cedric van der Gun pulled one back.

It was Swansea's heaviest defeat of the season and they have not been beaten by a four-goal margin since the 4-0 defeat at Reading in September 2008.

But it could have a huge impact on their own play-off hopes at such a crucial stage of the season as their poor run of form stretched to only one win in six.

The fifth-place Swans - who boasted the best defence in the Championship before the game - are still in a relatively comfortable position in the top six though, but Blackpool have closed the gap on them to seven points.

Ian Holloway's side are now four points off the play-off places after climbing up to seventh in the Championship in what was a must-win game for them.

They came charging out of the blocks and De Vries was called into action early on when Charlie Adam found Taylor-Fletcher who forced a save from the Dutchman.

But Blackpool did not have to wait long for their opener which came on 13 minutes.

De Vries parried Clarke's shot from the left but it fell into the path of Ormerod - recalled to the starting line-up along with Taylor-Fletcher and Burgess - who slid the ball home.

The lead was deserved and they could have gone further ahead first through Adam who shot wide, and then Clarke who fired straight at De Vries.

But Blackpool struggled to keep their high tempo going and allowed Swansea back into the game to start to dictate proceedings.

Swansea City's players trudge off after the final whistle
Swansea City's players trudge off after the final whistle

Evatt had to react quickly and time his tackle well to deny Nathan Dyer who raced into the box following a sweet cross-field pass by Ashley Williams.

Then keeper Matthew Gilks had to rush out to smother at David Cotterill's feet after good work with Shefki Kuqi.

But Swansea were punished for not making the most of their possession on the stroke of half-time when Blackpool doubled their lead.

Clarke produced some good work down the right and found Seamus Coleman who pulled the ball back to find Evatt who drilled low through a crowd of players and into the net.

Swansea had not come from behind to win a game in the Championship this season and any chance of that happening at Bloomfield Road were ended five minutes after the break.

The excellent Clarke sent a curling effort from an acute angle against the post and Burgess was on hand to tap home.

Swansea almost instantly gave themselves a glimmer of hope with Gilks tipping over a Van der Gun header.

But Ormerod put the game further beyond Swansea's reach in the 68th-minute curling into the top corner from the edge of the box to clinch his 10th goal of the season.

And Taylor-Fletcher wrapped up an emphatic night eight minutes from time tapping the ball home Coleman's squared ball from six yards to make it 5-0.

Van der Gun did grab a late consolation after making the most of substitute Stephen Husband's mistake, but the damage was already done.

The last time the Swans conceded more than four goals in a game was against Blackpool in May 2007, when they lost 6-3 at the Liberty Stadium.

It was also the last time the Seasiders scored more than five goals in a game.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway: "We really hurt them in front of goal. This was an excellent team performance which I am delighted about.

"I always said 52 points would give us safety in the Championship and now we are on 54 and still there or thereabouts with a possible play-off place.

"That is some achievement for this club and its players, who were written off by the bookies as relegation candidates at the start of the season."


Sousa wants Swansea reaction

Swansea manager Paulo Sousa:

"Of course I am disappointed but Blackpool have more experience in playing in these sort of conditions.

"We have just got to get ourselves back together again for Saturday. The players know they have to focus themselves.

"Blackpool scored some good goals and that is why I need to strengthen my defence."

Live text and stats


Tuesday, 23 March 2010


Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 5-1 Swansea FT
(HT 2-0)
  • Ormerod 13
  • Evatt 45+1
  • Burgess 50
  • Ormerod 68
  • Taylor-Fletcher 82
  • Van der Gun 84


  • 21 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 06 Evatt yellow card
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 31 Coleman
  • 04 Southern
  • 10 Ormerod
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher
  • 26 Adam yellow card (Husband 74)
  • 07 Clarke (Bannan 62)
  • 09 Burgess (Euell 74)


  • 01 Rachubka,
  • 24 Edwards,
  • 28 Butler,
  • 29 Bannan,
  • 30 Husband,
  • 17 Mitchley,
  • 18 Euell


  • 01 De Vries
  • 02 Williams
  • 05 Tate
  • 11 Van der Gun
  • 22 Rangel
  • 07 Britton (Orlandi 59 yellow card)
  • 12 Dyer
  • 27 Gower
  • 49 Cotterill (Pratley 46)
  • 23 Bauza yellow card
  • 42 Kuqi (Pintado 59)


  • 17 Cornell,
  • 43 Edgar,
  • 08 Pratley,
  • 10 Orlandi,
  • 28 Butler,
  • 18 Pintado,
  • 19 Trundle
Ref: MillerAtt: 9,149


  • Blackpool 61%
  • Swansea 39%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 9
  • Swansea 5

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 6
  • Swansea 5


  • Blackpool 1
  • Swansea 6


  • Blackpool 8
  • Swansea 9
  • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
  • 45:01 Substitution Darren Pratley replaces David Cotterill.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:24 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
  • 45:00+2:39 Booking Charlie Adam is cautioned.
  • 45:00+2:27 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Dyer by Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Mark Gower.
  • 45:00+2:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Shefki Kuqi on Alex Baptiste. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
  • 45:00+0:42 The assist for the goal came from Seamus Coleman.
  • 45:00+0:42 GOAL - Ian EvattBlackpool 2 - 0 Swansea A goal is scored by Ian Evatt from inside the six-yard box low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-0 Swansea.
  • 44:27 Booking The referee shows Guillem Bauza a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 44:11 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Guillem Bauza. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 41:33 The referee gives a free kick against Charlie Adam for handball. Leon Britton restarts play with the free kick.
  • 39:44 The assistant referee flags for offside against Nathan Dyer. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 37:18 Nathan Dyer produces a cross.
  • 35:17 Pass corner from right by-line crossed in by Mark Gower, clearance made by Keith Southern.
  • 34:47 Centre by Nathan Dyer, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 32:47 The ball is swung over by Nathan Dyer, clearance made by Charlie Adam.
  • 31:41 Foul by Seamus Coleman on David Cotterill, free kick awarded. David Cotterill restarts play with the free kick.
  • 30:16 The ball is delivered by Angel Rangel, clearance by Alex Baptiste.
  • 27:44 Nathan Dyer takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
  • 25:32 Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Shefki Kuqi results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 24:03 Cedric Van der Gun challenges Brett Ormerod unfairly and gives away a free kick. Billy Clarke crosses the ball in from the free kick, Alan Tate manages to make a clearance.
  • 19:07 Centre by Leon Britton.
  • 18:57 A cross is delivered by Angel Rangel, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 18:34 Guillem Bauza fouled by Keith Southern, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Alan Tate.
  • 17:28 Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Crainey on Nathan Dyer. Direct free kick taken by Angel Rangel.
  • 15:08 Charlie Adam has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.
  • 12:03 Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.
  • 12:03 GOAL - Brett OrmerodBlackpool 1 - 0 Swansea Brett Ormerod gets on the score sheet with a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-0 Swansea.
  • 11:43 Billy Clarke sends in a cross, clearance by Alan Tate.
  • 11:22 Effort on goal by Ian Evatt from outside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the bar.
  • 10:51 Billy Clarke takes a outswinging corner.
  • 10:27 Brett Ormerod takes a shot. Clearance by Alan Tate.
  • 8:17 Nathan Dyer delivers the ball, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:41 Corner taken by David Cotterill played to the near post.
  • 7:08 Gary Taylor-Fletcher challenges Cedric Van der Gun unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Gower takes the direct free kick.
  • 5:22 Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Dorus De Vries makes a save.
  • 2:02 Ashley Williams concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Keith Southern.
  • 0:00 The referee gets the game started.

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Championship table snapshot

As it stood on 23 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 38 44 80
2 West Brom 38 34 75
3 Nottm Forest 39 23 70
4 Leicester 37 11 61
5 Swansea 39 2 61
6 Cardiff 37 16 58
7 Blackpool 39 10 54
8 Middlesbrough 39 9 53
9 Sheff Utd 38 3 53
10 Doncaster 39 3 52
11 Coventry 38 -7 51
12 Bristol City 39 -10 49
13 Barnsley 38 -12 49
14 Reading 36 -3 48
15 Preston 39 -10 48
16 Ipswich 39 -8 47
17 QPR 38 -5 46
18 Derby 39 -11 45
19 Scunthorpe 38 -19 44
20 Watford 36 -8 42
21 Sheff Wed 38 -18 40
22 Crystal Palace 38 -4 39
23 Plymouth 38 -15 37
24 Peterborough 39 -25 30


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