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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 minuteexternal-link 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



Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 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


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


Formation 4-4-1-1

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


  • 10Le Fondre
  • 11Noone
  • 14Macheda
  • 18Adeyemi
  • 23Maynard
  • 33Moore
  • 44James
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Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamCardiff
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Cardiff City 0.

  3. Booking

    Nile Ranger (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

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

  5. Post update

    Foul by John Lundstram (Blackpool).

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Jacob Mellis replaces Edu Oriol.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Edu Oriol (Blackpool).

  9. Post update

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

  10. Post update

    Corner, Cardiff City. Conceded by Elliot Parish.

  11. Post update

    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.

  12. Post update

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

  13. Post update

    Foul by Edu Oriol (Blackpool).

  14. Booking

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

  20. Post update

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

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 3rd October 2014

As It Stood

2Nottm Forest105501771020
9Sheff Wed10442107316
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