Sensational Seasiders thrash Wigan

14 August 2010 04:58
Blackpool made a sensational start to life in the Premier League as they secured an incredible 4-0 victory at Wigan Athletic, while Aston Villa started the post-Martin O'Neill era with an easy 3-0 win against West Ham United. A first-half brace by new signing Marlon Harewood after Gary Taylor-Fletcher had broken the deadlock in the 16th minute put the Seasiders in charge at the DW Stadium. Taylor-Fletcher turned home Harewood's cross while Alex Baptiste scored the fourth with 15 minutes left. Villa thrashed the hapless Hammers at Villa Park and could easily have won by more than three goals. They took the lead in the 15th minute when Stewart Downing tapped the ball into an empty net after Robert Green had parried Martin Albrighton's effort. Five minutes before the interval Ashley Young's cross found Stiliyan Petrov who timed his run to perfection as he headed powerfully home. James Milner, possibly playing his last game for the club before his big-money switch to Manchester City, added the third goal midway through the second half. Blackburn Rovers edged past Everton 1-0 thanks to a 14th-minute goal by Nikola Kalinic after a Tim Howard error, while ten-man Sunderland threw away a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by Birmingham City at the Stadium of Light. Former Tottenham striker Darren Bent scored from the spot in the 24th minute after Carr was adjudged to have brought down Fraizer Campbell, but Steve Bruce's side were reduced to ten men when Lee Cattermole was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing Lee Bowyer down before half time. The unfortunate Carr put the ball in to his own net in the 56th minute to make it 2-0 to the Black Cats but Scott Dann pulled a goal back with 13 minutes left and Liam Ridgewell forced home the Blues' equaliser after a late scramble. Wolves secured a fine 2-1 victory against Stoke City at Molineux. David Jones gave Mick McCarthy's side a 37th-minute lead when he volleyed home and Steven Fletcher, a summer signing from Burnley, bundled home the second two minutes later. Tony Pulis' side halved the deficit early in the second half when Abdoulaye Faye netted but they never really looked like grabbing an equaliser. To add to the Potters' woes, new signing Kenwyne Jones had to be substituted after picking up a first-half injury. In the lunchtime kick-off, Joe Hart made a string of fine saves as Manchester City held on to draw 0-0 with Tottenham at White Hart Lane while the match between Bolton Wanderers and Fulham also ended in a stalemate.

Source: ESA