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Summary

  1. Blackpool fans stage 53rd-minute protest
  2. Zoko drills home left-footed
  3. Blackpool win for first time this season
  4. Blackpool off the bottom of the table

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By Patrick Jennings

All times stated are UK

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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

That's us done for the evening here, but we'll all be back tomorrow with plenty of football to keep you entertained. You can join Richard Winton from 09:00 BST.

See you then.

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

It's Blackpool's first win since April and they're off the bottom of the league then. They climb above Bolton and are now only three points adrift from safety. It's Huddersfield away for them next, in 15 days.

But what about Cardiff? Russell Slade should be in charge for their next one, at home to joint leaders Nottingham Forest. They weren't great tonight, but there's plenty in that squad to work with you'd think.

League Two update

The leaders of League Two also had a bad night, as Cambridge beat Burton 3-1.

Exeter, meanwhile, came from behind to win 2-1 at Dagenham.

North of the border

In Scotland it finished Kilmarnock 2-0 Dundee United, with the visitors staying on top of the Premiership table. For now.

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Jamie Mulholland: THREE POINTS! At long long last!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Special commendation has to go to Ell Parish in the Blackpool net too. His first game for the club, his first game in the Championship, and he's going home with a clean sheet.

As a fully paid-up member of the goalkeepers' union I can tell you that will be a good feeling.

Manager reaction

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Blackpool manager Jose Riga, speaking to Sky Sports: "We were waiting and it was important to get this win at home. It was an amazing atmosphere and we deserved it. We had many opportunities in the first half, Cardiff controlled the second half a little more but without creating so many opportunities, and we had the best of the second half.

"The way we did, with our situation, the injuries, our mentality and behaviour is amazing. Maybe we are not the best players but we have to be the best team, in terms of commitment and collaboration. I am very proud.

"I want to give everything to this club. I still feel good in Blackpool and am very happy for the club and staff, and of course for the fans. We worked hard for this."

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff's players have that Premier League quality, you could see that in their passing and their close control in tight spaces in attack. But they didn't have a cutting edge, and Blackpool were able to restrict them to half-chances in the main.

They had a penalty shout when Federico Macheda was rather scruffily bundled over by Donervon Daniels in the second half, but other than that?

Player reaction

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Blackpool goalscorer Francois Zoko, speaking to Sky Sports: "It feels very good because it was the time to win. Today the team were excellent, we worked very hard and we deserved to win.

"We are confident. After the international break we worked very hard and we progress game after game."

Blackpool striker Francois Zoko
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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

A deserved win for Blackpool I would say. They definitely did not look like a team that is certain to go down. There was some really nice football played in that first half and when they finally did chance upon that clear opening, Francois Zoko applied a quality finish.

David Perkins and John Lundstram looked decent in midfield too.

Player reaction

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Blackpool striker Ishmael Miller, speaking to Sky Sports: "It's been very difficult, everybody knows what been going on since the beginning of the season. But the last two weeks we have shown togetherness and it is great to get the first win today.

"Obviously the fans just want the best for the club. I feel they have their right to do what they want to do, but we are just playing as well as we can for the club."

FULL-TIME

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Adam le Fondre goes down on the right-hand side of the Blackpool box but the referee waves play on. It's switched out to the left but Cardiff's pressure comes to nothing and Ell Parish gathers again.

That's it. Three points for Blackpool.

Jeffrey Rentmeister and Donveron Daniels of Blackpool celebrate
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YELLOW CARD

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff still think they have time for one more attack. Nile Ranger tries to slow them up and gets a yellow card. Cardiff's free-kick is pumped long and straight into the hands of Ell Parish. That is nearly that...

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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Jacob Mellis comes on for Blackpool. That may eat into the added time.

CLOSE!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Straight down the other end Ell Parish makes an important stop, turning round a very dangerous looking header. From the corner, Adam le Fondre blazes the ball skywards on the edge of the box.

Four minutes to go for Blackpool.

CLOSE!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Ishmael Miller breaks clear, the whole length of the pitch almost, and holds off the challenge to find Nathan Delfouneso at the far stick. But David Marshall spreads himself and blocks. A great save! Delfouneso has to score. And great work from Miller. He ran from right-back!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Donervon Daniels concedes a free-kick in a central position and certainly in Peter Whittingham territory but the ball hits the wall. Blackpool sit back for the next wave.

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Nile Ranger rampages forward on the break in his first involvement. There's space for Blackpool on the counter, but how much will they leave in behind? Cardiff win the ball back as the move breaks down but can't move it forward quick enough to punish the hosts.

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Malc (Coventry fan): I think all Blackpool fans will have to wait until the end of this season when the "parachute payments " end to see if Oyston finishes with the club.

CLOSE!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

A Peter Whittingham free-kick flashes right across goal, perhaps glancing a Cardiff head on the way. A decent connection there and it's a goal for sure.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Francois Zoko, the goalscorer, is coming off. It's Nile Ranger who comes on. With fresh legs he should be able to pressure Cardiff at the back a little more.

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Most of Blackpool's team are camped well inside their own half now. It's only Ishmael Miller who is up there to chase the ball down. Which he is doing, very, very slowly. Blackpool are close to a victory here.

Their last league win was at Wigan in April. Only eight minutes plus injury time to go.

PENALTY APPEAL

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Craig Noone has some nice touches in the Blackpool final third and finds Federico Macheda, and Donervon Daniels makes an awkward challenge as the Italian bears down on goal. The referee points to a corner and Ishmael Miller headers it away with some gusto.

Then, Cardiff's David Marshall clearly handles the ball way out of his goal, collecting Miller's header. One each then.

CLOSE!

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Ishamel Miller is denied contact on what would surely have been a goal-bound volley by Bruno Ecuele-Manga, the ball falls back to to John Lundstram, he fires in the rebound but it's blocked by Aron Gunnarsson, with David Marshall scampering across his line.

There's a storm brewing between David Perkins and Gunnarsson, as the two clash off the ball.

YELLOW CARD

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Francois Zoko is bundled over from behind by Fabio and that's a yellow card for the former Manchester United left-back. An untidy challenge.

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Cardiff have got about 20 minutes to find a leveller. There's some better build-up play from them down the Blackpool left, with Adam le Fondre involved already. Crisp passing picks out Aron Gunnarsson, but his shot is blocked.

Cardiff's Adam le Fondre
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League Two latest

Not a good night for league leaders in general - Burton are now 2-0 down at home to Cambridge, with Ryan Donaldson on target.

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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

A double switch for Cardiff as the Bluebirds look for a way back into this one. Adam le Fondre comes on for Joe Ralls, and Craig Noone for Ravel Morrison.

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Jamie Mulholland: Unlucky to the Blackpool 'fans' who walked out and missed that goal! The joke is on you!

Aidan Williams: It irks me when fans become such heavy critics. Blackpool have it rough - they need their fans to support them more than ever

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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

Federico Macheda should do better here and really Cardiff should be level. A great cross from Joe Ralls finds the Italian with a clear sight of goal and he fluffs his lines.

Blackpool fans who were in the process of leaving when the goal went in seem to have now congregated in the corner of the stadium, close to the Cardiff goal and presumably close to the exits.

North of the border

Kilmarnock 2-0 Dundee United

Goals in Scotland too, as leaders Dundee united are hit with two in as many minutes from Kilmarnock.

Tope Obadeyi and Mark Connolly have struck -

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Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff

I was beginning to wonder whether Blackpool had lost their way slightly since the not-so-dramatic-really protest drama, but Francois Zoko's goal says otherwise. A lovely bit of quality there. They've not won all this season Blackpool and this could be a big result if they can stay in front.

GOAL

Blackpool 1-0 Cardiff - Francois Zoko

After a Cardiff corner, Ell Parish releases the ball quickly and it eventually finds its way to Francois Zoko, whodrives into the box and fires low and hard past David Marshall.

Francois Zoko scores for Blackpool
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Chris: Walking out may only further stiffen Karl Oyston's resolve. Always support your team. Protests before and after the game still get your message across. Worked for Bolton fans, even eventually worked for Blackburn.

SUBSTITUTION

Blackpool 0-0 Cardiff

It's Kenwyne Jones who makes way as Federico Macheda comes on for Cardiff. You remember him right?

CLOSE!

Blackpool 0-0 Cardiff

Cardiff are beginning to have a greater say in things here. Ravel Morrison and Fabio show great movement and invention to fashion a chance on goal, but Fabio's shot is deflected wide. John Brayford has a pop as the resultant corner leads to a half-chance on the edge of the box. That too is deflected wide.

Another corner, but this one is nipped in the bud by the referee. Pulling in the box.

Blackpool 0-0 Cardiff

As the camera pans around the stadium the stands don't look considerably emptier. The 'Oyston out' chants continue and the fans who have decided to leave are, let's say imploring their fellow Seasiders to follow them. Some others are milling around enjoying the limelight.

Cardiff swing in a corner, which is cleared by Ishmael Miller. It's broken the game up a bit all of this.

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Jonny Naidoo: Blackpool fans have every right to be angry, but walking out isn't the answer

Blackpool 0-0 Cardiff

Since half-time there had been plenty of support from the Blackpool fans but moments before the moment, chants of: 'We want Oyston out' starts up again.

So far there is some movement on the way to the turnstiles. Some of those have gone out onto the pitch and the game has been stopped. All those who are leaving have got banners, letting their feelings be known in no uncertain terms. But it's not masses though.

Blackpool fans protest against Oyston
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Joe Hornby: Jose Riga has given permission for the walk out: he said he understands why the fans would protest against the owner and he + players won't be upset