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Blackpool fans protest against club's owners outside ground

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Blackpool's relegation after four years in the Championship was sealed when Rotherham United beat Brighton on Easter Monday

Blackpool fans threw fireworks and eggs in a protest against the club's owners before their 1-1 draw against Reading.

The Tangerines' relegation from the Championship was confirmed on Monday.

Chairman Karl Oyston, son of owner Owen, was targeted by protestors who chanted "Oyston out" and "we're relegated because of your greed".

On the pitch, Blackpool took an early lead through Jamie O'Hara's penalty but it was cancelled out by Grant Hall's second-half own goal.

Dozens of supporters gathered outside the ground before kick-off and hurled eggs at the back of the directors' boxes before a flare, smoke bomb and firework were thrown into a cordoned-off area.

Some of the protestors did not venture into a half-empty stadium for the match and Blackpool manager Lee Clark admitted he needs to build a winning team in League One to try and entice supporters back.

Clark said: "We're down a level and that's going to be hard. We've obviously had a horrendous season to put up with.

"But if we do it right with our recruitment process over the summer and get the right type of players in, then they can come and watch us over the pre-season and see a new group of players they can get excited about.

"The only way we can do that is by getting a group together that's going to give us a fighting chance to get back up."

Those that stayed away missed seeing Blackpool take a sixth-minute lead.

Reading defender Zat Knight brought down loanee Gary Madine and O'Hara beat Adam Federici from the penalty spot.

David Perkins and Michael Jacobs went close to doubling Blackpool's lead before the Royals levelled when Yakubu's shot smashed against Hall and into the net.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1LewisSubstituted forParishat 73'minutes
  • 32HallSubstituted forMaherat 50'minutes
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 31O'HaraBooked at 90mins
  • 4Perkins
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forOsavi-Samuelat 78'minutes
  • 24Madine
  • 12Jacobs

Substitutes

  • 3Maher
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 21Parish
  • 25Ferguson
  • 34Telford
  • 43Osavi-Samuel

Reading

  • 1Federici
  • 2GunterBooked at 57mins
  • 5Pearce
  • 24Knight
  • 11Obita
  • 12McClearyBooked at 39minsSubstituted forMackieat 45'minutes
  • 43Aké
  • 6Norwood
  • 9Robson-Kanu
  • 44AppiahSubstituted forPogrebnyakat 45'minutes
  • 20AiyegbeniSubstituted forCoxat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Pogrebnyak
  • 10Cox
  • 16Akpan
  • 19Mackie
  • 21Karacan
  • 31Andersen
  • 35Cooper
Referee:
Geoff Eltringham
Attendance:
9,614

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamReading
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home14
Away11
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 1.

Attempt missed. Nathan Aké (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jordan Obita.

Attempt missed. Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Pearce with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Booking

Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool).

Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Offside, Reading. Alex Pearce tries a through ball, but Jamie Mackie is caught offside.

Offside, Blackpool. Gary Madine tries a through ball, but Darren O'Dea is caught offside.

Bright Samuel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).

Attempt missed. Zat Knight (Reading) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Oliver Norwood with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by José Cubero.

Attempt missed. Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) header from very close range misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Zat Knight.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Michael Jacobs with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Zat Knight.

Attempt blocked. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gary Madine.

Attempt blocked. Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Zat Knight.

Foul by Charles Dunne (Blackpool).

Pavel Pogrebnyak (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Offside, Blackpool. Gary Madine tries a through ball, but Peter Clarke is caught offside.

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Chris Gunter (Reading).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Bright Samuel replaces Andrea Orlandi.

Substitution

Substitution, Reading. Simon Cox replaces Yakubu.

Corner, Reading. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Elliot Parish replaces Joe Lewis because of an injury.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Lewis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Hand ball by Gary Madine (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackpool. Jamie O'Hara tries a through ball, but Andrea Orlandi is caught offside.

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Yakubu (Reading).

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Aké (Reading).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Joe Lewis (Blackpool) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth412211887434477
2Norwich412210979433676
3Watford412371182483476
4Middlesbrough412291060322875
5Derby4120111073452871
6Wolves4120111062491371
7Brentford412171370551570
8Ipswich4119111161461568
9Nottm Forest411513136558758
10Blackburn401512135450457
11Charlton411316125053-355
12Sheff Wed411315133743-654
13Cardiff411313154954-552
14Leeds411410174654-852
15Birmingham401214144760-1350
16Bolton411310185058-849
17Huddersfield411212175169-1848
18Reading401210184463-1946
19Brighton411015164348-545
20Fulham41128215273-2144
21Rotherham411013184262-2043
22Millwall40812203565-3036
23Wigan41811223555-2035
24Blackpool41413243280-4825
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