• Date: Sat 20 February 2010
  • Venue: Bloomfield Road
  • Ref: Pawson, C
  • Attendance: 7,147
Blackpool

Blackpool

Campbell (41)

Adam (74)

2 - 0

Blackpool vs Reading

Team Lineups

Blackpool

Matt Gilks
Stephen Crainey
Ian Evatt
Alex John-Baptiste
Andy Butler
Keith Southern
David Vaughan
Charlie Adam
Brett Ormerod (Ben Burgess, 66)
Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Hameur Bouazza, 22)
DJ Campbell (Stephen Dobbie, 78)

Reading

Adam Federici
Matt Mills, M
Ryan Bertrand
Andy Griffin
Zurab Khizanishvili
Brynjar Gunnarsson (Gylfi Sigurdsson, 32)
Jobi McAnuff
Jimmy Kebe
Jem Karacan (Grzegorz Rasiak, 63)
Brian Howard
Simon Church (Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson, 54)

Match Report
Play-off chasing Blackpool brought Reading's five-game unbeaten run to an end with a 2-0 victory in a dreary match. Chances were few and far between for both sides who played cautiously on a pitch in desperate need of repair. Blackpool however almost took the lead in the second minute when Gary Taylor-Fletcher combined well with Brett Ormerod - but Ormerod's decisions to cross instead of shoot let the visitors off the hook. Despite the lack of chances, the home side looked the more likely to break the deadlock with strikers Dudley Campbell and Ormerod constantly frustrated by a resolute Reading defence led by Georgian international Zurab Khizanishvili. The Royals defence was finally breached on 41 minutes thanks to a perfectly waited ball from Charlie Adam that allowed Campbell to race through the back line and slot past advancing keeper Adam Federici. Leading Blackpool goalscorer Adam notched his side's second on 74 minutes with a powerful drive from the edge of the 12-yard box. Reading - Blackpool's bogey team with five wins in their last six meetings - showed little of the form that had helped them win three of their last four games. The home side, still on a high after a 2-0 midweek victory over Middlesbrough, almost made it 3-0 on 79 minutes when Keith Southern's ferocious curling drive came back of the post. Reading's lack of chances was down to Blackpool's Ian Evatt and his excellent marshalling of the back line, effectively taking striker Simon Church out of the game. Church though almost notched a consolation goal with a spectacular volley on 85 minutes but his effort flew over the bar. Substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his stoppage-time free-kick go the same way.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for full time.

78
Substitution
 

Dudley Campbell is being taken off, Stephen Dobbie has come on in his place.

74
Goal
 

Goal!! Blackpool have scored with Charlie Adam putting it in the back of the net.

66
Substitution
 

Blackpool are replacing Brett Ormerod with Ben Burgess.

63
Substitution
 

Reading are replacing Jem Karacan with Grzegorz Rasiak.

54
Substitution
 

Simon Church is replaced by Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 1 v 0.

Half time
 

The ref has blown his whistle for half time.

41
Goal
 

Goal!! Dudley Campbell scores for Blackpool.

32
Substitution
 

Brynjar Gunnarsson is being taken off, Gylfi Sigurdsson has come on in his place.

28
Yellow Card
 

Keith Southern goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

23
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Ryan Bertrand.

22
Substitution
 

Gary Taylor-Fletcher is replaced by Hameur Bouazza.

Kickoff
 

It's 3pm on Saturday, February 20th, the match has kicked off.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Blackpool face Reading at 3pm on Saturday, February 20th.