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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff City

Francois Zoko
Blackpool last won a league game at Wigan in April

Blackpool moved off the bottom of the Championship with a first win of the season against managerless Cardiff.

After some home fans staged a planned walkout in the 53rd minute in protest against the club's owners, Blackpool took the lead when Francois Zoko drilled home after a powerful run.

Cardiff left-back Fabio and Adam Le Fondre wasted late chances to level.

But the Seasiders held on to give Jose Riga his first victory and move his side above Bolton in the table.

Cardiff were again watched from the stands by prospective manager Russell Slade.

Sir Stanley Matthews
Blackpool fans protested in the 53rd minute as the club - led by Stanley Matthews - won the FA Cup in 1953

Slade - who left League One side Leyton Orient last month - is expected to complete his move to Cardiff during the upcoming international break.

And he has plenty of work to do after seeing his side beaten by Zoko's fine second-half goal.

The Bluebirds are in 14th place in the Championship table and, despite possessing former Premier League players such as Kenwyne Jones, Ravel Morrison, Anthony Pilkington and Peter Whittingham in their starting XI, they failed to seriously test Blackpool's debutant goalkeeper Ell Parish.

Despite starting the game with just three points, it was the home side who had the better chances in an open first half.

Ishmael Miller went close with a header and Nathan Delfouneso was only denied the opener by Fabio's fine challenge.

In the second half, the game came to a brief halt as sections of the support angry with chairman Karl Oyston left their seats to chant 'We want Oyston out'.

Blackpool's transfer business in the summer - or lack of - became headline news as the club had only eight contracted professionals two weeks before the season started and were forced to cancel a pre-season tour to Spain.

A run of 10 games this season without a win led to the protest, but while some fans entered the pitch but the majority of supporters remained in the stands.

And they were rewarded when Zoko drove past defender Sean Morrison and hammered a low strike past David Marshall in the Cardiff goal.

Cardiff rallied and Fabio poked wide, substitute Federico Macheda was close to converting a cross and Le Fondre then blazed a good opportunity over.

But Blackpool could have had a second at the break as Miller powered clear down the right to tee up Delfouneso, who saw Marshall brilliantly save his effort.

Blackpool manager Jose Riga:

"I'm happy just because it's a result of good collaboration and we forgot all that's happened around to focus on our job; we deserve it.

"The fans were even more behind us (after the goal) because that was the message I delivered to the players: keep going and do your job.

"That's all what I ask and just what the fans ask, even those who protest.

"They did well because it's not so easy. Even with a reduced number of fans you feel the sphere and you have the will and the power to go until the end and that's what we do."

Read the reaction from Cardiff here.

Blackpool fans
Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston was targeted by a protest in the 53rd minute of the match. Blackpool won the FA Cup in 1953
Jose Riga
Blackpool manager Jose Riga said before the game that he understood the supporters' wish to protest
Blackpool v Cardiff
Cardiff striker Adam Le Fondre is yet to score for the club since his summer move from Reading

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 29McMahonBooked at 84mins
  • 28Rentmeister
  • 2Daniels
  • 3OriolSubstituted forDielnaat 14'minutes
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 24Lundstram
  • 4Perkins
  • 23OriolSubstituted forMellisat 90+2'minutes
  • 13ZokoSubstituted forRangerat 83'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 17Miller

Substitutes

  • 7Cywka
  • 8Mellis
  • 15Mendy
  • 16Dielna
  • 19Ranger
  • 20Zenjov
  • 36Milton

Cardiff

  • 1Marshall
  • 2Brayford
  • 36Morrison
  • 5Ecuele Manga
  • 3FabioBooked at 74mins
  • 19Pilkington
  • 17Gunnarsson
  • 7WhittinghamBooked at 89mins
  • 21RallsSubstituted forNooneat 69'minutes
  • 38MorrisonSubstituted forLe Fondreat 69'minutes
  • 9JonesSubstituted forMachedaat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Le Fondre
  • 11Noone
  • 14Macheda
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 23Maynard
  • 33Moore
  • 44James
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
10,502

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamCardiff
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home12
Away19
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home21
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

Booking

Nile Ranger (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jacob Mellis replaces Edu Oriol.

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edu Oriol (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Noone with a cross.

John Brayford (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edu Oriol (Blackpool).

Booking

Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Craig Noone (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Sean Morrison.

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ishmael Miller with a through ball.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Adam Le Fondre (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

Sean Morrison (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nile Ranger (Blackpool).

Foul by Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Edu Oriol (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Peter Whittingham (Cardiff City) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Bruno Ecuele Manga (Cardiff City) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Peter Whittingham with a cross following a set piece situation.

Booking

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Tony McMahon (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Nile Ranger replaces Francois Zoko.

Foul by Fabio (Cardiff City).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Federico Macheda.

Attempt saved. John Brayford (Cardiff City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Pilkington.

Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by David Perkins.

Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

Fabio (Cardiff City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 3rd October 2014

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Norwich106222091120
2Nottm Forest105501771020
3Watford106221911820
4Derby105411910919
5Ipswich10532148618
6Charlton10460139418
7Wolves10532129318
8Middlesbrough10523148617
9Sheff Wed10442107316
10Reading104331414015
11Blackburn104241618-214
12Leeds104241012-214
13Brentford104241215-314
14Cardiff113441314-113
15Bournemouth103341413112
16Millwall103251013-311
17Rotherham10325812-411
18Huddersfield103251220-811
19Brighton10244911-210
20Birmingham102441117-610
21Wigan102351012-29
22Fulham102171220-87
23Blackpool11137614-86
24Bolton10127719-125
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