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Wigan   0 - 4   Blackpool

Blackpool trio Brett Ormerod (left), Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Marlon Harewood
Taylor-Fletcher (centre) scored to help mark Blackpool's top-flight return in style

By Mandeep Sanghera

Premier League newcomers Blackpool had a dream start to their campaign as they beat a Wigan team in disarray.

The Tangerines were 3-0 up at half-time, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher side-footing them into a deserved lead.

Livewire Marlon Harewood added a second with a 22-yard shot and also slotted in after Elliot Grandin had an effort parried by goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Steve Gohouri had a header disallowed for Wigan before Alex Baptiste's cross inadvertently added Blackpool's fourth.

Wigan were comfortably beaten and it was the home side which looked more like the Premier League debutants than the more assured Blackpool, who were making their return to the top flight for the first time since 1971.

Holloway refuses to get carried away after win

Until Chelsea beat West Brom 6-0 in the later kick-off, the three points had also put Blackpool top of the table for the first time since the opening day of the 1957/58 season.

Tangerines manager Ian Holloway had, in his own inimitable style, played down his side's chances ahead of the game as he questioned whether he had a team capable of surviving in the Championship, let alone among English football's elite.

But, with eight of the mainstays of last season and three new signings drafted in as late as this week, the visitors overwhelmed a lethargic Wigan side that was missing Charles N'Zogbia to such a degree that the Latics were booed by their own fans.

Blackpool were surprisingly promoted last season thanks to a Brett Ormerod winner in their play-off final against Cardiff and the striker should have scored in the opening minutes at the DW stadium.

However, he failed to make contact with a low Taylor-Fletcher cross from the right and again swiped without success when David Vaughan played the ball back from the left flank.

Blackpool also went close when a nod back from a corner found debutant Harewood, who could not get over the ball enough and headed over.

606: DEBATE

But the Tangerines were rewarded for their early efforts when Taylor-Fletcher showed the composure Ormerod lacked to push the ball in at the far post following a Harewood cross.

A lovely Blackpool move then ended in Taylor-Fletcher putting the ball in the back of the net before his effort was disallowed by linesman Paul Thompson.

Taylor-Fletcher was furious as, although team-mate Ormerod was standing in an offside position, he was not.

The visitors did not stew on the perceived injustice of the decision for long as they again left the Wigan defence flailing as Harewood broke through on goal.

A last-ditch Gohouri tackle robbed the Tangerines striker of possession but the ball struck Ormerod and would have gone in, had it not been for a fortunate deflection off Harewood's back.

Wigan's misery was compounded when Harewood extended Blackpool's lead with a long-range shot, which Kirkland got his fingertips to but could not stop from going in.

Blackpool had been scheduled to play this fixture at home before it was switched because of on-going construction work at their Bloomfield Road ground and their travelling fans were left rubbing their eyes in disbelief as they added a third.

Martinez unhappy with 'sloppy' Wigan

Taylor-Fletcher laid the ball off to impressive debutant Grandin and, despite his shot being parried, Harewood was on hand to slot in as Wigan were jeered off at the break.

The home side should have been given hope of making a comeback when Gohouri headed in a Ben Watson free-kick, only for linesman Thompson to rule out a goal for the second time in the match.

But Wigan scarcely merited a way back into the game and their fans streamed out of the stadium early after Baptiste's cross was allowed to creep in at his near post by Kirkland.

Meanwhile, Blackpool supporters were left to revel in the sunshine of a first away win in the top flight since beating Newcastle on 29 August 1970.

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Saturday, 14 August 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wigan 0-4 Blackpool FT
(HT 0-3)
    • Taylor-Fletcher 16
    • Harewood 38
    • Harewood 43
    • Baptiste 75

    Wigan

    Substitutes

    Blackpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: HalseyAtt: 16,152
    WIGAN
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Wigan 50%
    • Blackpool 50%

    Attempts on target

    • Wigan 6
    • Blackpool 1

    Attempts off target

    • Wigan 4
    • Blackpool 1

    Corners

    • Wigan 5
    • Blackpool 4

    Fouls

    • Wigan 8
    • Blackpool 10
    • Final Result
    • 92:04 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+1:46 Foul by Jason Euell (Blackpool) on Maynor Figueroa (Wigan). Direct free kick taken left-footed by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 90:00+1:23 Attacking throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 90:00+0:34 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
    • 87:37 Ronnie Stam produces a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
    • 87:18 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 86:57 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
    • 86:17 The ball is sent over by Ronnie Stam, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
    • 86:08 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
    • 85:47 Goal kick taken long by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 84:54 Corner taken by Elliot Grandin from the left by-line, Jason Euell takes a shot. Save made by Chris Kirkland. Jason Euell conjures a left-footed shot from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 83:14 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 82:41 Defending throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
    • 81:23 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) to far post, resulting in ball out of play.
    • 80:53 Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), clearance by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 80:01 Defending throw-in by Steve Gohouri (Wigan).
    • 79:32 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 78:20 Foul by Charlie Adam on Hendry Thomas, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Hendry Thomas.
    • 76:55 Hugo Rodallega (Wigan) caught offside. Indirect free kick taken right-footed by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) from own half, resulting in open play.
    • 76:42 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 76:31 Effort from just outside the box by Mauro Boselli goes over the bar.
    • 75:21 Substitution Jason Euell on for Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 72:04 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 71:20 Substitution Victor Moses leaves the field to be replaced by James McArthur.
    • 70:47 Centre by Ronnie Stam.
    • 70:09 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 69:26 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 69:22 Cross by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 69:01 Ronnie Stam delivers the ball, Mauro Boselli takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
    • 67:41 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 66:53 Cross by Ronnie Stam (Wigan), header by Mauro Boselli (Wigan) from centre of penalty area (6 yards), hit bar.
    • 66:35 Corner from right by-line taken short right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan).
    • 66:24 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
    • 66:06 The assistant referee signals for offside against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Maynor Figueroa takes the free kick.
    • 65:08 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 65:04 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 63:07 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 61:55 The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, save by Matthew Gilks.
    • 61:31 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 61:14 Ronnie Stam sends in a cross, Stephen Crainey manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:19 Attacking throw-in by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan).
    • 59:11 Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 59:11 Substitution Chris Basham joins the action as a substitute, replacing Marlon Harewood.
    • 59:11 The assistant referee signals for offside against Marlon Harewood.
    • 58:40 Goal kick taken long by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 58:20 Substitution Ludovic Sylvestre is brought on as a substitute for Brett Ormerod.
    • 56:33 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam.
    • 56:19 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, clearance by Antolin Alcaraz.
    • 55:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Hugo Rodallega. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 54:51 Mauro Boselli takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Adam.
    • 54:19 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 53:55 Cross by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan), save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 52:54 The ball is crossed by Ronnie Stam, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.
    • 51:40 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 50:51 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
    • 50:26 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 49:44 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 49:12 Attacking throw-in by Hendry Thomas (Wigan).
    • 48:48 Attacking throw-in by Ronnie Stam (Wigan).
    • 47:59 Attacking throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 45:35 Hugo Rodallega fouled by Ian Evatt, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Watson delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel. The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 45:29 Defending throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 45:01 The second half kicks off.
    • 45:01 Substitution Emmerson Boyce goes off and Ronnie Stam comes on.
    • 45:01 Substitution Mohamed Diame goes off and Hendry Thomas comes on.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:47 The half-time whistle blows.
    • 45:00+0:20 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance by Marlon Harewood.
    • 45:00+0:08 Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), blocked by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 44:55 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 44:16 Foul by Gary Taylor-Fletcher on Hugo Rodallega, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance made by Matthew Gilks.
    • 42:27 Assist by Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) from centre of penalty area.
    • 42:27 GOAL - Marlon HarewoodWigan 0 - 3 Blackpool Goal by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) right-footed (bottom-right of goal) from right side of penalty area (6 yards).Wigan 0-3 Blackpool.
    • 42:27 Shot by Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 41:57 Emmerson Boyce challenges Brett Ormerod unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ian Evatt takes the free kick.
    • 41:39 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 40:50 Ben Watson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marlon Harewood. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
    • 39:24 Cross by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool), save (fumbled) by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 38:51 The official flags Victor Moses offside. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 35:36 Attacking throw-in by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool).
    • 34:48 Antolin Alcaraz gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 33:59 Foul by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) on Mohamed Diame (Wigan). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from left channel, resulting in open play.
    • 32:22 Foul by Mohamed Diame (Wigan) on Charlie Adam (Blackpool). Direct free kick taken right-footed by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) from own half, passed.
    • 32:09 The ball is swung over by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, save by Chris Kirkland.
    • 30:39 Alex Baptiste challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Hugo Rodallega, blocked by Ian Evatt.
    • 29:47 Mohamed Diame fouled by Elliot Grandin, the ref awards a free kick. Antolin Alcaraz takes the direct free kick.
    • 28:50 Victor Moses has an effort at goal from long distance that goes wide left.
    • 27:04 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 26:40 Corner crossed in by Ben Watson, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.
    • 26:35 Cross by Victor Moses (Wigan), clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool).
    • 26:25 Goal kick taken long by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 25:55 Shot by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool) right-footed from centre of penalty area (12 yards), save (parried) by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 25:12 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 24:55 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 24:10 Unfair challenge on Victor Moses by Stephen Crainey results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ben Watson, clearance by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 23:48 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 23:39 Attacking throw-in by Ben Watson (Wigan).
    • 22:53 The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Watson from right wing, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
    • 22:53 Booking Ian Evatt goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
    • 22:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Evatt on Victor Moses.
    • 21:54 Unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Maynor Figueroa.
    • 20:37 Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Watson, Steve Gohouri produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
    • 20:30 Attacking throw-in by Victor Moses (Wigan).
    • 19:31 The offside flag is raised against Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Chris Kirkland takes the free kick.
    • 18:54 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 14:58 Cross by Marlon Harewood (Blackpool), resulting in open play.
    • 13:10 Goal kick taken long by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 12:38 Charlie Adam crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
    • 12:38 Booking Steve Gohouri receives a caution.
    • 12:21 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Gary Taylor-Fletcher by Steve Gohouri.
    • 11:45 Defending throw-in by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 10:58 Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Maynor Figueroa results in a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, Chris Kirkland makes a save.
    • 9:04 Foul by Brett Ormerod (Blackpool) on Victor Moses (Wigan). Free kick crossed right-footed by Ben Watson (Wigan) from left wing, save (caught) by Matthew Gilks (Blackpool).
    • 8:09 Unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Hugo Rodallega results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
    • 6:48 Corner taken right-footed by Ben Watson to the near post, Victor Moses takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
    • 6:40 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 6:32 Cross by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan), blocked by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).
    • 5:56 Attacking throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 5:13 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
    • 4:49 Cross by Hugo Rodallega (Wigan), resulting in open play.
    • 4:18 Defending throw-in by Alex Baptiste (Blackpool).
    • 3:57 Attacking throw-in by Maynor Figueroa (Wigan).
    • 3:02 Defending throw-in by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 2:30 Goal kick taken long by Chris Kirkland (Wigan).
    • 2:05 Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Vaughan.
    • 1:39 Shot by Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool) right-footed from right side of penalty area (12 yards), missed left.
    • 0:59 Inswinging corner from left by-line taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin (Blackpool) to near post, clearance by Emmerson Boyce (Wigan).
    • 0:53 Cross by Elliot Grandin (Blackpool), resulting in ball out of play.
    • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 14 Aug 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 1 6 3
    2 Blackpool 1 4 3
    3 Aston Villa 1 3 3
    4 Wolves 1 1 3
    5 Blackburn 1 1 3
    6 Birmingham 1 0 1
    7 Sunderland 1 0 1
    8 Bolton 1 0 1
    9 Fulham 1 0 1
    10 Man City 1 0 1
    11 Tottenham 1 0 1
    12 Arsenal 0 0 0
    13 Liverpool 0 0 0
    14 Man Utd 0 0 0
    15 Newcastle 0 0 0
    16 Stoke 1 -1 0
    17 Everton 1 -1 0
    18 West Ham 1 -3 0
    19 Wigan 1 -4 0
    20 West Brom 1 -6 0

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