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Blackpool 0-1 Brighton & Hove Albion

Inigo Calderon

Inigo Calderon's first-half strike boosted Brighton's play-off hopes as they secured a 1-0 win at Blackpool.

Brighton's Leonardo Ulloa hit the post early on, before Calderon was allowed to cut inside and beat Matt Gilks with a low, left-footed effort.

Dan Gosling twice went close for Blackpool, with Tom Ince shooting wide.

The victory moves Brighton three points clear of Blackpool into eighth, with goal difference separating them from the play-offs.

For Blackpool, it is now six games without a win, meaning they have won just one of their last six home matches.

The Seagulls started the game the more threatening as Ulloa twice went close before he curled a shot against the post.

Brighton's dominance then paid off when Spanish defender Calderon was given space to open the scoring.

Blackpool showed a renewed vigour early in the second half, with Gosling seeing a low shot blocked just seconds after the restart.

But they were unable to maintain their pressure and the fans made their frustrations clear, not least when boss Paul Ince replaced striker Michael Chopra with Steven Davies on 74 minutes.

Will Buckley could have put the result beyond doubt on 79 minutes as he raced on to a long ball, but Gilks beat away his attempted lob.

At the other end, Chris Basham's powerful header, from a Barry Ferguson free-kick, was well saved by Tomasz Kuszczak but Blackpool were unable to force an equaliser.

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae:

"We're obviously disappointed to lose in the manner we did. It was really only one incident in the first half, we've switched off and allowed the boy to run and he's beaten the keeper at the near post.

"Apart from that I don't think there was a great deal between the two teams.

"We huffed and puffed and tried to get some momentum going. We need the fans to get behind us and all be in it together.

"I've been a fan myself, and I know they are disappointed. The problem from our point of view is we haven't got a lot of options to change things. We can understand the fans' frustration."

Brighton boss Oscar Garcia:

"I'm very happy with the performance of all the players.

"I'm very happy also with Inigo Calderon. He wasn't playing for a long time but he's always prepared and always focused.

"He was outstanding here and in all the training sessions. He deserved the goal and I'm very happy for him. He plays with a lot of enthusiasm."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 17BashamBooked at 77mins
  • 3Robinson
  • 16Ferguson
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5MackenzieBooked at 62mins
  • 11Ince
  • 4Gosling
  • 8ChopraSubstituted forDaviesat 74'minutes
  • 15DobbieSubstituted forDelfounesoat 60'minutes
  • 12BishopSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 13Warner
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 23Eccleston
  • 25Blackett
  • 27Barkhuizen
  • 31Martínez

Brighton

  • 29Kuszczak
  • 14Calderón
  • 17WardSubstituted forChicksenat 44'minutes
  • 26Bridcutt
  • 6El-Abd
  • 20Upson
  • 38Ince
  • 8Crofts
  • 19UlloaSubstituted forLua Luaat 67'minutes
  • 30BuckleySubstituted forD. Lópezat 80'minutes
  • 9Barnes

Substitutes

  • 1Brezovan
  • 4Andrews
  • 5Dunk
  • 10Agustien
  • 15Chicksen
  • 21D. López
  • 25Lua Lua
Referee:
Anthony Taylor
Attendance:
12,280

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home13
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away3
Fouls
Home11
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Mackenzie with a headed pass.

Attempt missed. Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David López following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Matthew Gilks.

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by David López.

Attempt blocked. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Basham.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Ashley Barnes tries a through ball, but David López is caught offside.

Hand ball by Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Attempt missed. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Kazenga Lua Lua following a fast break.

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Barry Ferguson with a cross.

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Kazenga Lua Lua.

Attempt blocked. Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Adam El-Abd (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. David López replaces William Buckley because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Neal Bishop.

Attempt saved. William Buckley (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ashley Barnes.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Chris Basham (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Michael Chopra.

Attempt saved. Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón with a cross.

Attempt blocked. Ashley Barnes (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Íñigo Calderón.

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Michael Chopra (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Bridcutt (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Foul by Neal Bishop (Blackpool).

Kazenga Lua Lua (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Kazenga Lua Lua replaces Leonardo Ulloa.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andrew Crofts.

Booking

Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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