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Blackpool 1-3 Wigan Athletic

Wigan manager Malky Mackay
This was only Wigan's third league win under Malky Mackay

Blackpool slipped closer to relegation as fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic gave themselves hope of avoiding the drop with a rare win.

Kim Bo-kyung tapped the Latics into the lead before Harry McGuire headed home Jermaine Pennant's cross.

Winger James McClean made it 3-0 in the closing stages after slotting past Blackpool keeper Joe Lewis.

The hosts did score through Gary Madine but Blackpool are 15 points from safety with 12 matches left.

Wigan, who are one place above bottom of the table Blackpool, remain deep in trouble.

Malky Mackay's side are nine points from safety but a second win in 11 Championship games at least gives them hope of avoiding relegation to League One.

The Latics were on top from the start, with Pennant's corner narrowly evading the head of James Perch who was six yards out at the far post.

Blackpool's cause was not helped by a serious-looking injury to midfielder Henry Cameron, who was helped off and replaced by Nathan Delfouneso.

Wigan took the lead on the stroke of half-time after profiting on chaotic Blackpool defending, Perch teeing up midfielder Kim to tap home.

The hosts looked certain to equalise after 62 minutes when Jamie O'Hara's free-kick was knocked down to Tom Aldred, but his shot from six yards was brilliantly blocked on the line by Emmerson Boyce.

It was a crucial moment, with Wigan doubling their lead after 67 minutes when Maguire's header from Pennant's cross was helped into the net by Darren O'Dea on the line.

Wigan made it 3-0 after 79 minutes when McClean slotted past Lewis - triggering a mass exit of home supporters from Bloomfield Road.

Those disgruntled fans missed Madine tapping home Tony McMahon's cross on 85 minutes.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:

"It's extremely tough. In terms of the home games and the performances and the results this is the lowest I've been.

"It was a great opportunity for us, a big, big opportunity and we blew it. It's another game gone. The gap between us and the other teams has got wider so it's made it a difficult day for us all.

"While it's still mathematically possible we've got to keep going, to keep fighting and scrapping for points, but it has made it very difficult."

Wigan manager Malky Mackay:

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Mackay on Blackpool v Wigan

"It is a great result. It was always going to be a tough one coming here with us both scrapping for the points.

"It's a local derby and the pitch is quite something right now. For anybody to be calm and play football the way they did, I take my hat off. So to come away with a result like that was really pleasing.

"The points total over the last six to eight weeks has not echoed performances and if we can keep putting in performances like that, we can put pressure on teams above us and we will do that right until the end."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahonBooked at 51mins
  • 2Aldred
  • 48O'Dea
  • 32Hall
  • 25FergusonSubstituted forDaviesat 53'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 31O'HaraBooked at 27minsSubstituted forOliverat 80'minutes
  • 4Perkins
  • 40CameronSubstituted forDelfounesoat 31'minutes
  • 34Telford
  • 24Madine

Substitutes

  • 6Clarke
  • 9Davies
  • 12Rothwell
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 21Parish
  • 37Nosworthy

Wigan

  • 1Carson
  • 17Boyce
  • 4Maguire
  • 28Pearce
  • 20Bong
  • 24PerchBooked at 75mins
  • 16Kim Bo-kyung
  • 15PennantSubstituted forCowieat 85'minutes
  • 11McClean
  • 18OjoSubstituted forClarkeat 54'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 32Fortuné

Substitutes

  • 3A Taylor
  • 7McCann
  • 10Mckay
  • 19Cowie
  • 21Clarke
  • 26Al Habsi
  • 33Waghorn
Referee:
Keith Stroud
Attendance:
11,679

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamWigan
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Wigan Athletic 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Wigan Athletic 3.

Booking

Steve Davies (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic).

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

Jason Pearce (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James McClean (Wigan Athletic).

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

Gaëtan Bong (Wigan Athletic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

Foul by Leon Clarke (Wigan Athletic).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Wigan Athletic. Don Cowie replaces Jermaine Pennant.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Wigan Athletic 3. Gary Madine (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tony McMahon.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Emmerson Boyce.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Connor Oliver replaces Jamie O'Hara because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 3. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Leon Clarke following a fast break.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Scott Carson.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

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

Attempt missed. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross.

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross.

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by David Perkins following a set piece situation.

Booking

James Perch (Wigan Athletic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Perch (Wigan Athletic).

Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Foul by Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic).

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt saved. James McClean (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Leon Clarke with a through ball.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Wigan Athletic 2. Harry Maguire (Wigan Athletic) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Jermaine Pennant with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Wigan Athletic. Conceded by David Perkins.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Gaëtan Bong.

Attempt missed. Marc-Antoine Fortuné (Wigan Athletic) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Kim Bo-Kyung following a fast break.

goal

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22Millwall34710173053-2331
23Wigan34610183147-1628
24Blackpool34410202968-3922
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