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Wolverhampton   4 - 0   Blackpool

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gleefully smases home the third Wolves goal
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake gleefully smashes home the third Wolves goal

By Owen Phillips

Wolves climbed off the bottom of the Premier League table and out of the relegation zone with a classy and trouble-free win over 10-man Blackpool.

A stylish move which ended with a fine, curled Matthew Jarvis shot put the home side ahead inside two minutes.

The Tangerines then had DJ Campbell sent off late in the first half for raising his hands at Richard Stearman.

And the hosts cantered home thanks to Jamie O'Hara's fine low shot and two late Sylvan Ebanks-Blake strikes.

Although Wolves left it until the latter stages to secure their biggest win in the Premier League, even the most loyal Blackpool fan would struggle to argue with the margin of victory.

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The visitors, shorn of the services of the suspended Charlie Adam in midfield, were second-best in the centre of the park from the first few seconds.

David Edwards' willingness to support lone frontman Kevin Doyle, combined with the combative nature of Karl Henry and O'Hara, set the perfect platform and allowed the livewire Jarvis and Adam Hammill to roam forward on the flanks.

Blackpool's central trio never got to grips with the home side's five-man midfield and were soon trailing to a glorious team goal.

The move began with the home side retaining possession with a confidence that made a mockery of their pre-game bottom-of-the-table status and ended with a delightful, measured finish from Jarvis.

In between, Hammill, Ronald Zubar, Edwards were all involved before Hammill slipped the ball to Jarvis.

And Wolves built on their dream start with a stylish performance.

The impressive Edwards was denied by a fine stop by goalkeeper Richard Kingson and the muscular figure of George Elokobi had a powerful header from a corner ruled out when Christophe Berra was deemed to have fouled Kingson.

DJ Campbell (left) squares up to Richard Stearman and earns a red card
Campbell (left) squares up to Stearman and earns a red card

Visiting boss Ian Holloway could have been forgiven for expecting a great deal more from a side who should have been buoyed by their gripping 3-1 midweek victory over Tottenham

But Blackpool looked ragged in defence and lacked their usual poise in attack.

Campbell almost squeezed in an equaliser from a Ludovic Sylvestre corner, Keith Southern nearly got on the end of a teasing David Vaughan centre and Luke Varney - an early replacement for Sergey Kornilenko - blazed wide.

But the Tangerines were a shadow of the explosive, attacking side that has charmed fans up and down the country this season.

And their hopes of salvaging something from a below-par display all but disappeared when Campbell was shown red for pushing Stearman in the face.

By contrast their opponents showed no signs of feeling sorry for themselves following their agonising failure to see out a lead against Black Country rivals West Brom last time out.

The Molineux crowd started and ended the game singing in tribute to their former defender Dean Richards, who died at the age of 36 after a long-term battle with a serious illness.

And in between, the performance served as a fitting tribute to the commanding centre-half.

Any possible fear that they may be unable to turn dominance into goals faded soon after the break, when O'Hara won possession after a sloppy flick from Sylvestre and purposefully strode forward to fire low into the net on 53 minutes.

From then on Wolves camped inside the Blackpool half.

Blackpool outplayed - Holloway

O'Hara went close with another effort from distance before they wrapped up the win through substitute Ebanks-Blake.

The striker grabbed his first when he smashed the ball home from close range following an inviting Doyle cross.

And he added the home side's fourth with a tidy finish across Kingson after excellent work from fellow sub Stephen Ward.

Wolves, who kept a clean sheet for the first time in seven games, have moved up to fourth from bottom - only four points behind Blackpool.

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Saturday, 26 February 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Wolves 4-0 Blackpool FT
(HT 1-0)
  • Jarvis 2
  • O'Hara 54
  • Ebanks-Blake 78
  • Ebanks-Blake 90

    Wolverhampton

    Substitutes

    Blackpool

    Substitutes

    Ref: SwarbrickAtt: 29,086
    WOLVES
    BLACKPOOL

    Possession

    • Wolves 59%
    • Blackpool 41%

    Attempts on target

    • Wolves 11
    • Blackpool 1

    Attempts off target

    • Wolves 4
    • Blackpool 1

    Corners

    • Wolves 11
    • Blackpool 4

    Fouls

    • Wolves 16
    • Blackpool 10
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+3:07 The referee signals the end of the game.
    • 89:44 Assist on the goal came from Stephen Ward.
    • 89:44 GOAL - Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeWolverhampton 4 - 0 Blackpool Sylvan Ebanks-Blake fires in a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 4-0 Blackpool.
    • 88:54 Shot from just outside the area by Matthew Jarvis goes over the bar.
    • 88:17 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Jamie O'Hara takes a short corner.
    • 84:35 Centre by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Doyle has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
    • 83:35 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Christophe Berra.
    • 82:12 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Foley by Alex Baptiste. Wayne Hennessey takes the free kick.
    • 82:12 Booking Alex Baptiste is shown a yellow card.
    • 81:29 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Brett Ormerod by George Elokobi. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
    • 81:29 Booking The referee cautions George Elokobi for unsporting behaviour.
    • 79:31 Unfair challenge on George Elokobi by Brett Ormerod results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 77:56 Kevin Doyle provided the assist for the goal.
    • 77:56 GOAL - Sylvan Ebanks-BlakeWolverhampton 3 - 0 Blackpool Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scores a goal from close range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 3-0 Blackpool.
    • 76:24 Jamie O'Hara has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 75:41 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis.
    • 74:46 Jamie O'Hara decides to take a short corner.
    • 73:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Christophe Berra by Luke Varney. Wayne Hennessey takes the direct free kick.
    • 73:00 Corner taken left-footed by Jamie O'Hara from the right by-line, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Cathcart. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
    • 71:59 Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
    • 71:18 Kevin Doyle takes a shot. Craig Cathcart gets a block in. Short corner taken by Matthew Jarvis from the left by-line.
    • 69:27 The assistant referee signals for offside against Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.
    • 65:16 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Alex Baptiste. Free kick taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 65:16 Substitution David Edwards leaves the field to be replaced by Stephen Ward.
    • 61:09 The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 61:09 Substitution Brett Ormerod replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.
    • 61:09 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Matt Phillips coming on for James Beattie.
    • 59:59 Neal Eardley is caught offside. Wayne Hennessey takes the indirect free kick.
    • 58:23 Foul by Karl Henry on Keith Southern, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
    • 55:49 Foul by Richard Stearman on Ludovic Sylvestre, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Neal Eardley.
    • 55:07 Substitution (Wolverhampton) makes a substitution, with Sylvan Ebanks-Blake coming on for Ronald Zubar.
    • 53:53 GOAL - Jamie O'HaraWolverhampton 2 - 0 Blackpool Jamie O'Hara finds the back of the net with a goal from outside the area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 2-0 Blackpool.
    • 53:21 Jamie O'Hara takes a shot. Save by Richard Kingson.
    • 52:04 Corner taken by Matthew Jarvis, Kevin Foley takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
    • 51:20 Foul by Kevin Doyle on David Vaughan, free kick awarded. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.
    • 49:59 Foul by David Vaughan on Karl Henry, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed left-footed by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 49:35 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Doyle by Keith Southern. Jamie O'Hara restarts play with the free kick.
    • 48:03 Corner from right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara.
    • 45:01 The match restarts for the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+2:14 The referee blows for half time.
    • 45:00+1:20 Foul by Karl Henry on Alex Baptiste, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 44:29 James Beattie fouled by Karl Henry, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
    • 42:32 Foul by Dudley Campbell on Richard Stearman, free kick awarded. Ronald Zubar takes the free kick.
    • 42:32 Sent off Dudley Campbell is shown a red card.
    • 39:58 Alex Baptiste fouled by Kevin Foley, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.
    • 37:07 Ian Evatt fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
    • 36:00 Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Luke Varney goes wide of the left-hand post.
    • 36:00 Substitution Kevin Foley is brought on as a substitute for Adam Hammill.
    • 33:12 The ball is swung over by Alex Baptiste, clearance made by Christophe Berra. Corner taken by David Vaughan, George Elokobi manages to make a clearance.
    • 29:23 David Edwards is ruled offside. Richard Kingson takes the indirect free kick.
    • 27:55 Short corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line.
    • 27:55 Substitution Sergey Kornilenko leaves the field to be replaced by Luke Varney.
    • 26:15 Ronald Zubar has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Corner from the right by-line taken by Jamie O'Hara, free kick awarded for a foul by George Elokobi on Richard Kingson. Richard Kingson takes the free kick.
    • 24:58 David Vaughan fouled by Kevin Doyle, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
    • 22:14 Effort on goal by Adam Hammill from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
    • 20:41 Adam Hammill decides to take the corner short.
    • 15:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dudley Campbell on Richard Stearman. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 15:40 Foul by Kevin Doyle on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Richard Kingson takes the direct free kick.
    • 15:08 Dudley Campbell takes a shot. Christophe Berra gets a block in.
    • 14:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James Beattie by Christophe Berra. Neal Eardley restarts play with the free kick.
    • 13:34 David Edwards takes a shot. Richard Kingson makes a save.
    • 11:57 Unfair challenge on Ian Evatt by Kevin Doyle results in a free kick. Richard Kingson restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:10 Shot from 25 yards by Matthew Jarvis. Blocked by Ian Evatt.
    • 7:44 The referee gives a free kick against James Beattie for handball. Direct free kick taken by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 6:12 Ludovic Sylvestre takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Karl Henry. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ludovic Sylvestre, comfortable save by Wayne Hennessey.
    • 5:29 Adam Hammill challenges Neal Eardley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Richard Kingson.
    • 5:04 Short corner worked by Adam Hammill.
    • 4:37 Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Kevin Doyle. Karl Henry restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:46 George Elokobi challenges Keith Southern unfairly and gives away a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.
    • 1:56 Adam Hammill provided the assist for the goal.
    • 1:56 GOAL - Matthew JarvisWolverhampton 1 - 0 Blackpool Matthew Jarvis scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Wolverhampton 1-0 Blackpool.
    • 0:02 Jamie O'Hara fouled by Keith Southern, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Karl Henry.
    • 0:00 The match has kicked off.

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    26 Feb 2011 23:59 UK


    Barclays Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 26 Feb 2011 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Man Utd 27 36 60
    2 Arsenal 27 30 56
    3 Man City 27 19 49
    4 Tottenham 27 7 47
    5 Chelsea 26 24 45
    6 Liverpool 27 3 39
    7 Bolton 28 1 37
    8 Sunderland 28 -2 37
    9 Newcastle 28 4 36
    10 Everton 27 -1 33
    11 Stoke 27 -3 33
    12 Aston Villa 28 -12 33
    13 Blackburn 28 -11 32
    14 Blackpool 28 -13 32
    15 Fulham 27 0 31
    16 Birmingham 26 -10 30
    17 Wolves 28 -15 28
    18 West Brom 27 -17 28
    19 Wigan 28 -22 27
    20 West Ham 27 -18 25

    see also
    Ex-defender Richards dies aged 36
    26 Feb 11 |  Football
    Saturday's football photos
    26 Feb 11 |  Football



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