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Blackpool 2 - 0 Birmingham

Blackpool
2 - 0
Birmingham City

Bloomfield Road

24th January 2009 - 15:00

Attendance: 8,105

Referee:

The Seasiders completed an admirable double over Birmingham City today with a comfortable 2-0 victory, despite being reduced to ten men.

In Tony Parkes' first Saturday home fixture, the team played with gusto and at a high tempo, which blew The Blues away, who looked shell-shocked at the pace of the game.

The opening period saw Blackpool grow as the half progressed - which did start with City looking menacing, and but for some poor finishing, could've taken the lead. However, after the early end-to-end pace, 'Pool took control and after 13 minutes were ahead.

Joe Martin, playing on the left wing, looked composed all afternoon, and whipped in a teasing cross between goalkeeper and defence, which DJ Campbell seized upon to head home his second goal in tangerine.

This goal spurred the team on even more, as they sought to create more opportunities. Campbell and Gary Taylor-Fletcher look a very creative pair of forwards together, with GTF impressing me with his aerial ability and the fact he dropped off and dictated play.

And the winner was scored with eight minutes to go in the first half. Keith Southern, who hadn't scored from outside the box since the win at Cheltenham nearing two years ago, sent a 25 yard rocket past Maik Taylor in the City goal after the ball broke loose to send Bloomfield Road into raptures.

Birmingham, despite sending on Kevin Phillips and James McFadden, never looked like threatening the scoreline, even with the sending off of Claus Jorgensen with 15 minutes remaining for an off the ball incident with Lee Bowyer.

Blackpool 2 - 0 Birmingham City.


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Date:Saturday January 24 2009
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