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Blackpool   1 - 3   Wigan

Hugo Rodallega (left) gave Wigan an early lead at Blackpool
It was all smiles for Rodallega (left) and his Wigan team-mates

By Paul Fletcher

Blackpool slipped into the bottom three of the Premier League for the first time this season after losing a crucial match against fellow strugglers Wigan.

Hugo Rodallega's early finish put the Latics in control and Charles N'Zogbia doubled their lead with a low strike.

Mohamed Diame's effort went in after a huge deflection off Neal Eardley in the 67th minute before DJ Campbell pulled a goal back from close range late on.

The result lifted the Latics off bottom place and up to 17th in the table.

Blackpool won 4-0 at Wigan on the opening day of the season but that seems a long time ago now.

Huge victory delights Martinez

Ian Holloway's Seasiders have been rightly lauded at various points through the campaign for their bold and attacking style but they have now won only once in their last 13 top-flight fixtures.

They have conceded more goals than any other Premier League team and have the worst home record in the division.

The Tangerines are now 18th in the table and have five games left to find some kind of form that will allow them to scramble enough points to ensure their stay in the top echelon extends beyond one season.

In stark contrast, the Latics went into the fixture bottom of the table but ended it celebrating their joint biggest win of the league campaign.

Wigan ended they day where Blackpool started it after a deserved victory in what was rightly billed as a match of huge importance.

The Latics could not have asked for a better start than Rodallega's third-minute goal and Roberto Martinez's team never really looked back.

The Colombia international stormed off in a fit of pique after he was substituted last weekend but it was all smiles when the striker showed excellent composure to slot home from a tight angle.

The goal was an all-round disaster for Blackpool - and Craig Cathcart in particular. The defender's casual free-kick close to the halfway line gifted possession to N'Zogbia and Cathcart then slipped at the crucial moment as he tried to close down on Rodallega as the Latics striker latched on to a precise through ball.

Matt Gilks was making his return in the Blackpool goal after a five-month absence through injury but he could not stop Rodallega from drilling a low strike through his legs.

The goal unsettled a Blackpool side that had not kept a clean sheet since late December.

They did have a brief spell of pressure midway through the opening half and Campbell almost latched on to a teasing Stephen Crainey cross but it was Wigan who scored the decisive second goal.

The match seemed to be meandering towards the break when Diame dispossessed Charlie Adam before slipping in N'Zogbia, who ran aggressively at the home defence before slotting home from a tight angle.

Wigan keeper Ali Al Habsi saved a weak Elliot Grandin header in first-half injury time - Blackpool's first half-decent effort on target.

Holloway 'wont rant and rave' at players

But there was little to indicate a strong fightback from Holloway's team in the minutes after the restart and he made a triple substitution shortly before the hour mark.

However, his side's fortunes deteriorated further when Diame's strike took a heavy deflection off the recalled Eardley, leaving Gilks stranded.

Campbell slotted home a low Matt Phillips cross at the near post with seven minutes remaining and Al Absi then saved a low strike from Phillips as the home team finished strongly.


Blackpool manager Ian Holloway:

"Wigan's first two goals could have been easily avoided, and that gave us a mountain to climb.

"I fancy us when our backs are against the wall. We're all trying to stick together and believe.

"We've got five games left and can't hide. We're in the worst form of anyone. But we've got plenty of fight in us, we've shown that before and must show it again."


Wigan manager Roberto Martinez:

"The players have been showing a great level in the last few games without getting the wins. I'm extremely proud of them and it's a very important step forward.

"Blackpool have some technically outstanding players so it was really hard. You must give credit to how Blackpool play their football.

"But it was great to see two composed finishes from Charles N'Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega. For me this is a very significant victory."

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Saturday, 16 April 2011

Barclays Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 1-3 Wigan FT
(HT 0-2)
  • Campbell 83
  • Rodallega 3
  • N'Zogbia 45+1
  • Eardley (og) 67

Blackpool

Substitutes

Wigan

Substitutes

Ref: WaltonAtt: 16,030
BLACKPOOL
WIGAN

Possession

  • Blackpool 44%
  • Wigan 56%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 9
  • Wigan 5

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 5
  • Wigan 4

Corners

  • Blackpool 5
  • Wigan 3

Fouls

  • Blackpool 13
  • Wigan 12
  • Final Result
  • 94:18 The match has reached full-time.
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+2:05 Stephen Crainey challenges Jordi Gomez unfairly and gives away a free kick. Conor Sammon restarts play with the free kick.
  • 89:42 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Conor Sammon. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 88:34 Matt Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 88:15 Hugo Rodallega takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 87:35 The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips, Gary Caldwell manages to make a clearance.
  • 86:48 Effort on goal by Charlie Adam from 35+ yards. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 86:06 The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, James Beattie takes a shot. Save made by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 82:55 Assist on the goal came from Matt Phillips.
  • 82:55 GOAL - Dudley CampbellBlackpool 1 - 3 Wigan Dudley Campbell fires in a goal from close range to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-3 Wigan.
  • 81:57 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Jordi Gomez. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam, Neal Eardley takes a shot.
  • 81:50 The ball is crossed by Neal Eardley, clearance by Gary Caldwell.
  • 81:00 Neal Eardley crosses the ball, James Beattie takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 80:02 Foul by Jordi Gomez on Ian Evatt, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.
  • 79:18 Substitution Jordi Gomez comes on in place of Mohamed Diame.
  • 79:07 Shot by Dudley Campbell from just outside the area goes over the net.
  • 76:17 Charlie Adam challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the indirect free kick.
  • 76:17 Substitution Conor Sammon joins the action as a substitute, replacing Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 75:42 The ball is crossed by Matt Phillips.
  • 73:40 Dudley Campbell challenges Ben Watson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gary Caldwell restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:19 Neal Eardley has shot on goal from just outside the area which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 71:30 Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 69:35 Booking The referee cautions Stephen Crainey for unsporting behaviour.
  • 69:22 The referee blows for offside. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 67:52 Foul by James McCarthy on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Charlie Adam takes the free kick.
  • 67:37 The offside flag is raised against Hugo Rodallega. Matthew Gilks takes the indirect free kick.
  • Correction - 66:21 GOAL - Neal EardleyBlackpool 0 - 3 Wigan Neal Eardley scores an own goal from 18 yards. Blackpool 0-3 Wigan.
  • 66:21 Assist by Mohamed Diame.
  • 66:21 GOAL - Craig CathcartBlackpool 0 - 3 Wigan Craig Cathcart puts the ball into his own net. Blackpool 0-3 Wigan.
  • 65:17 Mohamed Diame has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses left.
  • 64:10 Mohamed Diame takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 62:18 Charles N'Zogbia takes the inswinging corner, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 60:46 The ball is delivered by Matt Phillips.
  • 60:30 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, Gary Caldwell makes a clearance.
  • 59:37 Charles N'Zogbia takes a shot. Save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 57:29 Substitution Jason Puncheon replaces Luke Varney.
  • 57:29 Substitution James Beattie replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.
  • 57:29 Substitution Elliot Grandin goes off and Matt Phillips comes on.
  • 56:39 Mohamed Diame fouled by Charlie Adam, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Antolin Alcaraz.
  • 55:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Adam on Hugo Rodallega. Charles N'Zogbia crosses the ball in from the free kick.
  • 54:20 The referee gives a free kick against Luke Varney for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 53:52 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Charlie Adam takes the direct free kick.
  • 51:52 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Gary Caldwell. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Adam.
  • 50:31 Inswinging corner taken by Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 48:31 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Hugo Rodallega by Ian Evatt. Free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 47:01 Hugo Rodallega has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.
  • 46:50 A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Ben Watson.
  • 46:10 Ben Watson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:41 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+1:40 Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Ali Al Habsi makes a save.
  • 45:00+0:15 GOAL - Charles N'ZogbiaBlackpool 0 - 2 Wigan Charles N'Zogbia finds the net with a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-2 Wigan.
  • 44:34 Effort from just outside the area by Keith Southern goes over the target.
  • 43:43 The assistant referee signals for offside against Mohamed Diame. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 36:43 Ben Watson takes a corner.
  • 34:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 32:34 Foul by James McCarthy on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 31:03 Foul by James McCarthy on Charlie Adam, free kick awarded. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 31:03 Booking James McCarthy booked.
  • 28:50 Foul by Ian Evatt on James McCarthy, free kick awarded. Ali Al Habsi restarts play with the free kick.
  • 28:43 The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 27:52 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam. Neal Eardley sends in a cross. Ian Evatt delivers the ball, clearance made by Emmerson Boyce.
  • Correction - 27:26 A cross is delivered by Neal Eardley, Keith Southern takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
  • 27:26 Centre by Neal Eardley, Keith Southern takes a shot. Blocked by Gary Caldwell.
  • 25:28 Corner taken right-footed by Elliot Grandin to the near post, clearance by Emmerson Boyce.
  • 24:56 Corner from the right by-line taken by Charlie Adam, Antolin Alcaraz makes a clearance.
  • 20:41 Centre by Mohamed Diame, Neal Eardley gets a block in.
  • 18:57 Charlie Adam gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charles N'Zogbia. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Watson from left wing, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 17:31 Tom Cleverley concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • 12:28 Ian Evatt concedes a free kick for a foul on Charles N'Zogbia. Gary Caldwell takes the free kick.
  • 12:28 Booking Ian Evatt receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
  • 11:18 Mohamed Diame gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Charlie Adam. Direct free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 10:07 Ben Watson fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Ali Al Habsi takes the free kick.
  • 9:41 Corner taken by Elliot Grandin.
  • 9:17 Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Ali Al Habsi.
  • 8:47 James McCarthy concedes a free kick for a foul on Stephen Crainey. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 6:37 Hugo Rodallega has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
  • 5:52 Keith Southern challenges Hugo Rodallega unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ben Watson.
  • 4:40 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on James McCarthy by Charlie Adam. Gary Caldwell takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:40 Booking The referee shows Hugo Rodallega a yellow card.
  • 2:37 Assist on the goal came from Charles N'Zogbia.
  • 2:37 GOAL - Hugo RodallegaBlackpool 0 - 1 Wigan Hugo Rodallega finds the net with a goal from the edge of the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Wigan.
  • 2:17 Unfair challenge on Charlie Adam by Ben Watson results in a free kick. Craig Cathcart takes the free kick.
  • 1:23 Foul by Neal Eardley on Tom Cleverley, free kick awarded. Tom Cleverley restarts play with the free kick.
  • 0:19 Luke Varney produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK


Barclays Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 16 Apr 2011 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 38 69
2 Arsenal 31 32 62
3 Chelsea 32 32 61
4 Man City 32 20 56
5 Tottenham 31 8 53
6 Liverpool 32 7 48
7 Everton 33 6 47
8 Bolton 32 3 43
9 Aston Villa 33 -12 40
10 Newcastle 32 1 39
11 West Brom 33 -15 39
12 Fulham 32 1 38
13 Stoke 32 -3 38
14 Birmingham 32 -10 38
15 Sunderland 33 -12 38
16 Blackburn 33 -14 35
17 Wigan 33 -21 34
18 Blackpool 33 -22 33
19 West Ham 33 -19 32
20 Wolves 32 -20 32

see also
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