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Blackpool 0-1 Bournemouth

Barry Ferguson

Blackpool's winless run extended to 18 matches as Lewis Grabban earned Bournemouth victory at Bloomfield Road.

Grabban was brought down by goalkeeper Matt Gilks in the second period and converted the subsequent penalty for his 14th league goal of the season.

Blackpool's Stephen Dobbie had earlier forced visiting keeper Lee Camp into a smart save from distance.

Chris Basham and Isaiah Osbourne also went close, but Blackpool could not score and have not won since November.

Their awful run has seen them slip to 19th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone, and caretaker-manager Barry Ferguson remains without a win.

In a scrappy contest, his side did not do enough to warrant ending that run despite Dobbie offering early hope when his stinging shot was pushed clear by Camp.

Dobbie, in his third loan spell with the Seasiders, then got in behind the visitors' defence, but his ball across the six-yard box could not find a team-mate.

Grabban seized his opportunity three minutes after the break when he ran through on goal and was brought down by Gilks just inside the area.

He fired his spot-kick low to the keeper's right, the goal proving enough for Eddie Howe's side to build on their 5-0 thrashing of Doncaster last week.

Blackpool manager Barry Ferguson:

"I'm disappointed and I'm angry. I can only do so much in terms of preparing them right and training them right. At the end of the day they need to go out there at three o'clock and produce.

"As weeks go on, the pressure is getting bigger and bigger, can they handle the pressure? I don't know. They will need to start showing me they can, and that's a worry for me."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe:

"The last two games for us have been huge and we knew this was going to be a tough game.

"We were under no illusions, despite their long wait for a win we knew they would give everything to turn their season around and I think it made it a cagey affair.

"We defended for our lives, we defended our box really well, we defended direct play really well."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1GilksBooked at 47mins
  • 40FoleySubstituted forCathcartat 79'minutes
  • 14Halliday
  • 18Osbourne
  • 6BroadfootBooked at 68mins
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 17BashamSubstituted forHarounat 73'minutes
  • 4PerkinsBooked at 44mins
  • 19Fuller
  • 24KeoghSubstituted forDaviesat 64'minutes
  • 33Dobbie

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 12Bishop
  • 15Haroun
  • 20Cathcart
  • 25Goodwillie
  • 31Martínez Cervera
  • 39Grandin

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 42Camp
  • 2Francis
  • 14Harte
  • 32O'Kane
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 30Ritchie
  • 4Surman
  • 9Grabban
  • 10Pitman
  • 20FraserSubstituted forPughat 58'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Allsop
  • 7Pugh
  • 15A Smith
  • 16MacDonald
  • 21Coulibaly
  • 26Hughes
  • 28Rantie
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
13,043

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home17
Away11
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bournemouth 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

  4. Post update

    Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  6. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  7. Post update

    Delay in match Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) because of an injury.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Andrew Surman (Bournemouth).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Stephen Dobbie with a cross.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Simon Francis.

  14. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Craig Cathcart replaces Kevin Foley.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Marc Pugh (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Brett Pitman.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Kirk Broadfoot.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Simon Francis.

  19. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester33235562323074
2Burnley331812352262666
3Derby34187960431761
4QPR33179740261460
5Nottm Forest341413754401455
6Reading3414101052391352
7Wigan321571041301152
8Brighton33131193528750
9Ipswich341212104439548
10Blackburn321210103839-146
11Watford331112104839945
12Leeds33128134545044
13Middlesbrough341013114337643
14Huddersfield34127154546-143
15Bournemouth33119134351-842
16Sheff Wed33912123940-139
17Bolton34912134650-439
18Birmingham3499163944-536
19Blackpool34811152949-2035
20Doncaster3489173053-2333
21Millwall34710173261-2931
22Yeovil3378183048-1829
23Barnsley33611163156-2529
24Charlton3069152441-1727
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