Blackpool 1-0 Brighton & Hove Albion

Blackpool boss Lee Clark
Lee Clark's Blackpool are now nine points adrift of safety after back-to-back wins

A second-half goal from Jamie O'Hara gave Championship bottom club Blackpool their second successive home victory as they beat fellow strugglers Brighton.

Midfielder O'Hara curled in a superb 75th-minute free-kick to score his first goal for the Tangerines.

Lee Clark's side are nine points from safety but with renewed hope of clawing their way out of the relegation zone.

Defeat ended Brighton's three-game winning run away from home and saw them slip to 21st in the Championship.

Millwall, in the final relegation place, are just two points adrift of the Seagulls after a surprise 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest.

The visitors started strongly at Bloomfield Road, going close in the eighth minute as Sam Baldock pounced after Tony McMahon allowed a long ball to slip through his legs, but Peter Clarke blocked his shot.

Brighton went close again when Gordon Greer met Danny Holla's free-kick, but his header was saved superbly by home keeper Ell Parish.

The deadlock was finally broken at the other end as former Tottenham and Wolves midfielder O'Hara curled home a left-footed free-kick from 35 yards.

Brighton threatened an equaliser 10 minutes from time but Clarke cleared Solly March's cross before Joe Bennett's return ball was headed wide by Leon Best from six yards.

Blackpool assistant manager Alan Thompson:

"We're not going to throw the towel in. We've only been beaten here by Bournemouth and Ipswich who are flying high so the home record is decent. But we need to try and get something on the road."

Thompson on the poor state of the pitch:

"The conditions make it difficult with the surface. We have a few players who like to play football, the manager likes to play football and you know we've played in teams over the years who like passing it. But it's difficult.

"Unfortunately it doesn't look attractive but we've got three points."

Brighton boss Chris Hughton:

"I think with the state of the pitch it was either going to be a real scrappy goal that won it or a wonderful strike.

"What we weren't able to do was impose ourselves on the game the way we would have liked. They play very direct. It's very difficult to play any other way on a pitch like this."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 21Parish
  • 29McMahon
  • 6ClarkeBooked at 34mins
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18DunneBooked at 54mins
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 40CameronSubstituted forDelfounesoat 72'minutes
  • 34Telford
  • 11OrlandiSubstituted forWaddingtonat 73'minutes
  • 9DaviesBooked at 59mins

Substitutes

  • 1Lewis
  • 2Aldred
  • 3Maher
  • 12Rothwell
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 25Ferguson
  • 33Waddington

Brighton

  • 13Stockdale
  • 2BrunoBooked at 29mins
  • 3Greer
  • 5Dunk
  • 30BennettBooked at 84mins
  • 24Ince
  • 22Holla
  • 14CalderonSubstituted forMarchat 77'minutes
  • 18Forster-Caskey
  • 9BaldockSubstituted forBestat 55'minutes
  • 11O'GradySubstituted forMackail-Smithat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Hughes
  • 12Mackail-Smith
  • 15Chicksen
  • 17Vilaca Teixeira
  • 19Best
  • 27March
  • 31Walton
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
10,575

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBrighton
Possession
Home45%
Away55%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home6
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Charles Dunne.

Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Peter Clarke (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Attempt saved. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Dominic Telford.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steve Davies (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Craig Mackail-Smith replaces Chris O'Grady.

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Mark Waddington (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high following a corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Joe Bennett.

Booking

Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Joe Bennett (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Mark Waddington (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey with a cross.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Danny Holla tries a through ball, but Leon Best is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Brighton and Hove Albion. Solly March replaces Íñigo Calderón.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Brighton and Hove Albion 0. Jamie O'Hara (Blackpool) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

Foul by Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Dominic Telford (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Mark Waddington replaces Andrea Orlandi.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Henry Cameron.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Danny Holla following a corner.

Corner, Brighton and Hove Albion. Conceded by Darren O'Dea.

Foul by Lewis Dunk (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Dominic Telford (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Offside, Brighton and Hove Albion. Chris O'Grady tries a through ball, but Joe Bennett is caught offside.

Foul by Jake Forster-Caskey (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Leon Best (Brighton and Hove Albion).

Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Joe Bennett.

Attempt missed. Rohan Ince (Brighton and Hove Albion) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Íñigo Calderón (Brighton and Hove Albion) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jake Forster-Caskey.

Steve Davies (Blackpool).

(Brighton and Hove Albion) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

As It Stood

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1Bournemouth28166659283154
2Derby28166652252754
3Middlesbrough28158543182553
4Ipswich28149546271951
5Brentford2815494437749
6Watford28145956332347
7Wolves2812973335-245
8Norwich28128850341644
9Blackburn2810993838039
10Sheff Wed2891182125-438
11Birmingham2891093139-837
12Nottm Forest28810103740-334
13Cardiff2897123642-634
14Bolton2897123339-634
15Fulham28104144149-834
16Reading2897123342-934
17Huddersfield2897123647-1134
18Charlton2861572535-1033
19Leeds2888123039-932
20Rotherham28612102636-1030
21Brighton28611113036-629
22Millwall2869132644-1827
23Wigan28410142636-1022
24Blackpool2848162250-2820
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