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Blackpool   2 - 1   West Brom

Luke Varney scores Blackpool's second
Varney slides in to score Blackpool's second goal

By Phil Dawkes

Blackpool capitalised on West Brom suffering two first-half dismissals to record their first top-flight home victory since 1971.

West Brom were dealt an early double blow when Pablo Ibanez was dismissed for a foul on DJ Campbell, resulting in a penalty that Charlie Adam scored.

Gonzalo Jara's lunge on Luke Varney saw the Baggies reduced to nine men.

Varney doubled Blackpool's lead before Youssouf Mulumbu curled in what proved to be a consolation goal for Albion.

Having beaten Blackpool twice in the Championship last season and defied expectation with a superb start to this campaign, West Brom brought both belief and momentum into the game.

However, two incidents in the first half - both of which saw the Baggies emerge a man lighter - swung the match in the home side's favour.

The first came in only the 10th minute when Ibanez bundled Campbell to the ground in the box, resulting in referee Michael Oliver firstly pointing to the spot and then dismissing the Spaniard, despite West Brom protesting that they had covering defenders.

Baggies keeper Scott Carson dived the right way to Adam's low penalty but it snuck under his body and into the net.

A minute before Blackpool's opener, West Brom striker Simon Cox could have given his side the lead with a low, angled drive, but home keeper Matthew Gilks was equal to it with a one-handed save.

As it turned out this was to be the only contribution by Cox, who was replaced by Steven Reid to shore up the 10-man Baggies in the 14th minute of what was the striker's first Premier League start.

Gilks has been impressive so far this season but he almost gifted West Brom a way back into the match midway through the first half when he inexplicably palmed Chris Brunt's over-hit free-kick back into play, but Marc-Antoine Fortune was unable to steer his overhead flick goalwards.

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However, not long after West Brom suffered their second major blow of the game when, in a moment of madness, Gonzalo Jara slid dangerously through Varney near the corner flag and was shown a deserved straight red, reducing his side to nine men.

Not long after the second sending off, a scramble in the West Brom area ultimately ended in a Campbell effort on goal but it was cleared after a number of last-ditch diving blocks by the Baggies defence.

Despite tricky conditions due to heavy rain and their numerical disadvantage, the away side matched their opponents for the remainder of the first half.

Jerome Thomas could have rewarded Albion's positivity five minutes after the break when he collected the ball and ran at the Blackpool defence but his shot was superbly blocked by a sliding tackle from Craig Cathcart.

Ultimately though, Blackpool's extra men told when Varney made amends for an opportunity he had headed straight at Carson minutes earlier by doubling their lead.

David Vaughan chipped the ball forward but before he could collect himself, Elliot Grandin collected and crossed for the unmarked Varney to tap home with ease.

Considering the circumstances, that should have made for a comfortable last half hour for the home side, but to their credit West Brom kept fighting and were rewarded with five minutes to go.

After substitute Giles Barnes saw his initial break blocked by Gilks, the ball was fed to Mulumbu who produced two step-overs to create space for himself in the box before curling a superb shot into the far corner of the goal.

What followed was a remarkable five-minute spell, which saw Reid waste a glorious chance to equalise when he blazed over the bar and Blackpool spurn a handful of opportunities to put the game to bed.

Blackpool's win moves them into the top half of the table along with both West Brom and fellow promoted side Newcastle.

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Monday, 1 November 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 2-1 West Brom FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Adam (pen) 12
  • Varney 62
  • Mulumbu 85

Blackpool

Substitutes

West Brom

Substitutes

Ref: OliverAtt: 15,210
BLACKPOOL
WEST BROM

Possession

  • Blackpool 56%
  • West Brom 44%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 8
  • West Brom 5

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 13
  • West Brom 7

Corners

  • Blackpool 8
  • West Brom 2

Fouls

  • Blackpool 16
  • West Brom 13
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+4:39 The final whistle goes and the game is over.
  • 90:00+4:08 The assistant referee flags for offside against Paul Scharner. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 90:00+3:47 Dudley Campbell produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the penalty area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
  • 90:00+3:21 Graham Dorrans takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Dekel Keinan.
  • 90:00+2:52 The ball is sent over by Chris Brunt, clearance by Stephen Crainey.
  • 90:00+2:33 Elliot Grandin has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide right of the goal.
  • Correction - 90:00+2:25 Matt Phillips crosses the ball.
  • 90:00+2:25 Matt Phillips produces a cross.
  • 90:00+2:07 Corner taken short by Elliot Grandin.
  • 90:00+1:52 Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Save made by Scott Carson.
  • 90:00+1:45 David Carney crosses the ball.
  • 89:54 Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Reid clears the bar.
  • Correction - 89:22 Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Grandin on Youssouf Mulumbu. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Shorey.
  • 89:22 Foul by Elliot Grandin on Youssouf Mulumbu, free kick awarded. Nicky Shorey takes the free kick.
  • 88:36 Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.
  • 87:38 The ball is sent over by David Carney.
  • 85:58 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nicky Shorey by Matt Phillips. The ball is crossed by Chris Brunt, Paul Scharner has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
  • 85:20 Dudley Campbell has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 85:15 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam.
  • 85:10 Charlie Adam produces a cross.
  • 84:10 The assist for the goal came from Steven Reid.
  • 84:10 GOAL - Youssouf MulumbuBlackpool 2 - 1 West Brom Youssouf Mulumbu scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 West Brom.
  • 83:35 Booking The referee cautions Dekel Keinan for unsporting behaviour.
  • 82:47 The ball is crossed by Nicky Shorey.
  • 82:32 Corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line.
  • 81:00 A cross is delivered by Dekel Keinan.
  • 78:47 Charlie Adam delivers the ball.
  • 78:24 Short corner taken by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from the left by-line.
  • 78:12 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Nicky Shorey gets a block in.
  • 76:30 Foul by Paul Scharner on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 76:30 Booking Paul Scharner booked for unsporting behaviour.
  • 74:21 Shot by David Vaughan from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 73:55 Elliot Grandin decides to take the corner short.
  • 72:43 Elliot Grandin produces a left-footed shot from close in that goes over the bar.
  • 71:20 Header by Gary Taylor-Fletcher from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal. Unfair challenge on Gabriel Tamas by Dudley Campbell results in a free kick. Gabriel Tamas takes the direct free kick.
  • 70:46 Short corner worked by David Vaughan.
  • 70:46 Substitution Luke Varney goes off and Dekel Keinan comes on.
  • 70:10 Substitution Giles Barnes replaces Jerome Thomas.
  • 69:45 The ball is swung over by Luke Varney, Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Save by Scott Carson.
  • 68:56 A cross is delivered by Gabriel Tamas.
  • 68:24 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas by Elliot Grandin. Chris Brunt takes the direct free kick.
  • 67:37 The ball is delivered by Dudley Campbell.
  • 66:01 Foul by Stephen Crainey on Graham Dorrans, free kick awarded. Chris Brunt sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the area by Paul Scharner goes harmlessly over the crossbar.
  • 63:43 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Reid on Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 63:43 Booking The referee books Steven Reid for unsporting behaviour.
  • 63:10 Chris Brunt has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.
  • 61:59 Assist on the goal came from Elliot Grandin.
  • 61:59 GOAL - Luke VarneyBlackpool 2 - 0 West Brom Goal scored by Luke Varney from close in low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 2-0 West Brom.
  • 61:19 Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 60:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Graham Dorrans by Luke Varney. Chris Brunt takes the free kick.
  • 59:34 Jerome Thomas fouled by Matt Phillips, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Matt Phillips.
  • 58:32 The ball is delivered by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • 58:00 Chris Brunt takes a shot. Blocked by David Vaughan.
  • 57:13 The ball is crossed by Jerome Thomas, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 56:33 Substitution Matt Phillips is brought on as a substitute for Neal Eardley.
  • Correction - 56:15 Elliot Grandin concedes a free kick for a foul on Youssouf Mulumbu. Steven Reid takes the free kick.
  • Correction - 56:15 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with David Carney coming on for Craig Cathcart.
  • 56:15 Youssouf Mulumbu fouled by Elliot Grandin, the ref awards a .
  • 56:15 Substitution Craig Cathcart leaves the field to be replaced by David Carney.
  • 55:38 David Vaughan delivers the ball, Luke Varney takes a shot. Scott Carson makes a save.
  • 54:48 Chris Brunt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • 54:07 Gary Taylor-Fletcher is caught offside. Direct free kick taken by Scott Carson.
  • 53:38 A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, Nicky Shorey makes a clearance.
  • 52:53 Corner taken right-footed by Graham Dorrans from the left by-line to the near post, Chris Brunt concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.
  • 52:30 Jerome Thomas takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Cathcart.
  • 51:08 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Chris Brunt.
  • 50:36 Centre by Luke Varney.
  • 49:45 The ball is delivered by Luke Varney, clearance by Chris Brunt.
  • 48:39 Charlie Adam produces a cross.
  • 48:12 Charlie Adam takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Paul Scharner. Charlie Adam delivers the ball, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
  • 47:54 A cross is delivered by Charlie Adam, blocked by Nicky Shorey.
  • 47:43 Luke Varney decides to take the corner short.
  • 47:35 Luke Varney sends in a cross, blocked by Steven Reid.
  • 46:34 Effort from outside the penalty box by Charlie Adam goes wide left of the goal.
  • 46:18 Short corner taken by Neal Eardley from the right by-line.
  • 46:08 The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, Nicky Shorey manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:43 Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, clearance made by Paul Scharner.
  • 45:14 Luke Varney sends in a cross.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:06 The ref blows to end the first period.
  • 45:00+1:18 Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Brunt. Foul by Luke Varney on Steven Reid, free kick awarded. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 45:00+0:18 A cross is delivered by David Vaughan, Paul Scharner manages to make a clearance.
  • 44:32 Steven Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Luke Varney. Direct free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 44:13 Jerome Thomas crosses the ball, Graham Dorrans takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 43:30 Centre by Charlie Adam.
  • 42:26 The ball is delivered by Nicky Shorey, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 42:22 Graham Dorrans crosses the ball.
  • 42:17 Graham Dorrans takes a shot.
  • 42:14 A cross is delivered by Nicky Shorey.
  • 41:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Vaughan by Jerome Thomas. Craig Cathcart restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:04 David Vaughan produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.
  • 38:52 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, Close range effort by Dudley Campbell clears the crossbar.
  • 38:27 Youssouf Mulumbu concedes a free kick for a foul on Elliot Grandin. David Vaughan takes the free kick.
  • 37:59 Steven Reid sends in a cross.
  • 37:51 Nicky Shorey crosses the ball, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 36:33 Luke Varney gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Reid. Paul Scharner takes the direct free kick.
  • Correction - 34:33 Substitution Graham Dorrans replaces Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 34:33 Substitution Graham Dorrans comes on in place of Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 33:36 Jerome Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Shot comes in from Elliot Grandin from the free kick.
  • 33:08 Luke Varney produces a cross, clearance by Paul Scharner.
  • 32:10 The ball is sent over by David Vaughan.
  • 31:00 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Gabriel Tamas gets a block in. Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Steven Reid gets a block in.
  • 29:52 Shot by Craig Cathcart from a long way out goes over the target.
  • 29:32 A cross is delivered by Neal Eardley, clearance by Steven Reid.
  • Correction - 28:40 Gonzalo Jara challenges Luke Varney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Elliot Grandin delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line.
  • Correction - 28:40 Sent off Red card for Gonzalo Jara.
  • 28:40 Foul by Gonzalo Jara on Luke Varney, free kick awarded. Elliot Grandin crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left by-line.
  • 28:40 Sent off Gonzalo Jara is sent off by the referee.
  • 26:48 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Charlie Adam. Chris Brunt fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick.
  • 26:48 Booking Caution for Charlie Adam.
  • 24:58 Paul Scharner produces a left-footed shot from close in which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 24:07 Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Varney on Paul Scharner. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 22:46 Dudley Campbell concedes a free kick for a foul on Paul Scharner. Nicky Shorey restarts play with the free kick.
  • 21:03 Free kick awarded for a foul by Elliot Grandin on Paul Scharner. Scott Carson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 19:52 A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey.
  • 19:03 Centre by Charlie Adam, blocked by Youssouf Mulumbu.
  • Correction - 16:43 Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Paul Scharner results in a free kick. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, clearance made by Gonzalo Jara.
  • Correction - 16:43 Booking The referee shows Youssouf Mulumbu a yellow card.
  • 16:43 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Paul Scharner. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Gonzalo Jara.
  • 16:43 Booking Youssouf Mulumbu receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 13:39 Substitution Steven Reid comes on in place of Simon Cox.
  • 11:25 Ibanez Pablo challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a Penalty.
  • 11:25 GOAL - Charlie AdamBlackpool 1 - 0 West Brom Charlie Adam scores a penalty. Blackpool 1-0 West Brom.
  • 10:04 Sent off Ibanez Pablo is shown a red card.
  • Correction - 9:47 The assist for the goal came from Dudley Campbell.
  • 9:47 Assist on the goal came from Dudley Campbell.
  • 9:04 A cross is delivered by Chris Brunt.
  • 8:42 Simon Cox takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 7:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Gonzalo Jara. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 6:43 Gonzalo Jara crosses the ball, David Vaughan manages to make a clearance.
  • 6:04 David Vaughan gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Thomas. Free kick crossed left-footed by Chris Brunt, clearance made by Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 5:22 Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu. Ibanez Pablo restarts play with the free kick.
  • 3:34 Foul by Paul Scharner on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 2:51 The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Varney. Scott Carson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 2:13 Marc-Antoine Fortune is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 1:06 The ball is crossed by Paul Scharner, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 0:36 The referee blows for offside. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:00 The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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1 Nov 2010 23:59 UK


Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 1 Nov 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 10 24 25
2 Arsenal 10 12 20
3 Man Utd 10 10 20
4 Man City 10 3 17
5 Tottenham 10 1 15
6 West Brom 10 -3 15
7 Newcastle 10 5 14
8 Everton 10 2 13
9 Blackpool 10 -6 13
10 Fulham 10 1 12
11 Bolton 10 -1 12
12 Sunderland 10 -3 12
13 Liverpool 10 -4 12
14 Aston Villa 10 -4 12
15 Birmingham 10 -2 11
16 Stoke 10 -4 10
17 Wigan 10 -11 10
18 Blackburn 10 -3 9
19 Wolves 10 -6 9
20 West Ham 10 -11 6

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02 Nov 10 |  Blackpool



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