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Blackpool 1-6 Bournemouth

Brett Pitman
Brett Pitman scored from a re-taken penalty as Bournemouth hammered Blackpool

An impressive Bournemouth hit six past lowly Blackpool to move one point clear at the top of the Championship table.

The visitors opened the scoring when Matt Ritchie's effort bobbled over goalkeeper Joe Lewis and Callum Wilson made it two before the break.

Ritchie curled in a third before Nathan Delfouneso tapped in for the hosts, but then Brett Pitman scored from the spot after Darren O'Dea had fouled Wilson.

Late goals from Marc Pugh and Harry Arter ensured an easy Bournemouth win.

Eddie Howe's side have now scored 17 goals in their last five league games.

Meanwhile, Blackpool saw their four-match unbeaten run come to an end and they remain four points behind second-from-bottom Wigan.

Bournemouth's opening goal - although well-deserved - was slightly fortunate, as Ritchie's relatively tame shot hit a bobble on a poor pitch to deflect over the helpless Lewis.

Blackpool had only themselves to blame for the Cherries' second, as Chris Eagles tried to usher the ball out of play but was caught out by Charlie Daniels, who crossed for Wilson to convert.

After Ritchie's spectacular third, Delfouneso looked to have given the hosts hope but Bournemouth restored their three-goal lead within a minute.

Almost straight from the re-start, a long ball forward led to O'Dea clearly fouling Wilson and, after being ordered to re-take his initial spot-kick, Pitman converted emphatically into the bottom corner.

The visitors could have scored more and Ritchie could have netted a hat-trick but, after Pugh and Arter's late strikes, they had to settle for a convincing five-goal advantage.

Blackpool manager Lee Clark said:

"It was a horrendous day for everybody. I'd like to apologise to the supporters for the result and performance. Hopefully they will stick with us and keep giving us their terrific support.

"We knew it would be a tough ask but we've been resolute and strong in the last four games.

"This group of players has worked unbelievably hard and it could be quite easy for me to go in there and rant and rave and knock the confidence, which would not be beneficial for anybody.

"I'm angry, disappointed, embarrassed and upset and the players are as well."

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe said:

"We don't want to get too carried away with what we can achieve at the end of the season.

"We just keep ticking along for the minute. This is uncharted territory for us as a club. Let's just enjoy the moment and see where it can take us. We're delighted with where we are but there are big tests to come.

"The win was up there as our best performance. It's even more impressive when you consider the pitch. When we got here we were disappointed with the state of it and thought this was going to be a difficult afternoon."

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Lewis
  • 26Foley
  • 37NosworthySubstituted forO'Deaat 60'minutesBooked at 61mins
  • 6Clarke
  • 35Kennedy
  • 29McMahon
  • 38O'KeefeSubstituted forMurphyat 45'minutes
  • 12EaglesSubstituted forDelfounesoat 45'minutes
  • 31O'Hara
  • 4Perkins
  • 9DaviesBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 11Orlandi
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 17Miller
  • 21Parish
  • 25Murphy
  • 33Waddington
  • 48O'Dea

Bournemouth

Formation 4-4-2

  • 31Boruc
  • 2Francis
  • 5Elphick
  • 3S Cook
  • 11Daniels
  • 30Ritchie
  • 8Arter
  • 6Surman
  • 7PughSubstituted forA Smithat 78'minutes
  • 10PitmanBooked at 40minsSubstituted forKermorgantat 70'minutes
  • 13WilsonSubstituted forGoslingat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Camp
  • 4Gosling
  • 15A Smith
  • 18Kermorgant
  • 20Fraser
  • 32O'Kane
  • 38Cargill
Referee:
Andy Madley
Attendance:
10,014

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBournemouth
Possession
Home33%
Away67%
Shots
Home11
Away21
Shots on Target
Home6
Away11
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 1, Bournemouth 6.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Bournemouth 6.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Harry Arter (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Ritchie.

  4. Post update

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

  5. 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.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Simon Francis (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matt Ritchie following a corner.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Harry Arter (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (Bournemouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Daniels.

  11. Post update

    Charlie Daniels (Bournemouth) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Blackpool).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

  14. Post update

    Steve Cook (Bournemouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Jacob Murphy (Blackpool).

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yann Kermorgant (Bournemouth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Matt Ritchie with a through ball.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Bournemouth. Conceded by Joe Lewis.

  18. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matt Ritchie (Bournemouth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Harry Arter.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bournemouth. Adam Smith replaces Marc Pugh.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth22126450252542
2Ipswich22118334201441
3Brentford2212463729840
4Middlesbrough22116535171839
5Derby22116540231739
6Watford22115639231638
7Norwich2297637261134
8Blackburn229763431334
9Nottm Forest2271053227531
10Wolves228772532-731
11Cardiff228682930-130
12Charlton2261242324-130
13Fulham2284103539-428
14Sheff Wed2261061621-528
15Birmingham227782432-828
16Bolton2275102328-526
17Reading2274112637-1125
18Leeds2266102532-724
19Rotherham225981827-924
20Huddersfield2266102739-1224
21Millwall225892332-923
22Brighton2231092230-819
23Wigan2238112230-817
24Blackpool2227131739-2213
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