• Date: Tue 16 March 2010
  • Venue: Bramall Lane
  • Ref: Langford, O
  • Attendance: 22,555
Sheffield United

Sheffield United

Cresswell (1)

Montgomery (43)

Cresswell (66)

3 - 0

Sheffield United vs Blackpool

Team Lineups

Sheffield United

Mark Bunn
Nyron Nosworthy
Jordan Stewart
Marcel Seip
Paul Connolly (Kyle Bartley, 88)
Nick Montgomery
Mark Yeates
Stephen Quinn
Darius Henderson
Richard Cresswell (James Harper, 76)
Henri Camara

Blackpool

Matt Gilks
Stephen Crainey
Neal Eardley (Andy Butler, 41)
Alex John-Baptiste
Rob Edwards
Keith Southern (Ben Burgess, 55)
David Vaughan
Charlie Adam
Brett Ormerod
Jason Euell (Barry Bannan, 69)
DJ Campbell

Match Report
A rare goal from want-away Nick Montgomery re-ignited Sheffield United's hopes of a top-six finish and halted a disastrous slump as they thrashed Blackpool 3-0 at Bramall Lane. The 28-year-old midfielder, set to leave the Blades in the summer after turning down a new deal, served up a spectacular strike, his first league goal since December 2005, to sink promotion rivals Blackpool. Richard Cresswell had already grabbed his ninth of the season when Montgomery found the target to end a miserable sequence of two wins in ten, Cresswell killing off Ian Holloway's side on 66 minutes. The Sheffield side got off to a dream start with just 45 seconds gone. Mark Yeates curled in a teasing corner from the right, the ball was flicked on and, as Blackpool tried to clear, Cresswell struck from close range. United almost had a second as Henri Camara beat Matthew Gilks in a chase at the near post, the ball fell nicely for midfielder Stephen Quinn who lashed in a low strike that was blocked by the Blackpool keeper six yards out. Blackpool had claims for a penalty waved away by referee Oliver Langford after Charlie Adam was sent tumbling following a challenge from Marcel Seip, Keith Southern hammering the loose ball inches wide of the target. United grabbed a second goal two minutes before the break. It was carved out by the pacy Camara. The ex-Wigan striker cut inside from the left flank picking out Montgomery, who drilled his low shot from 20 yards into the bottom left-hand corner. Emergency loan signing Paul Connolly foiled Blackpool after Adam's looping effort left Mark Bunn stranded, the Derby defender hooking the ball from under the bar under pressure from Jason Euell. Cresswell hit a third in the 66th minute, Darius Henderson firing in a low cross from the left across the face of the goal with the ex-Stoke striker adding the finishing touch.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

90
Yellow Card
 

The referee has booked Marcel Seip.

88
Substitution
 

Paul Connolly is being taken off, Kyle Bartley has come on in his place.

76
Substitution
 

Richard Cresswell is being taken off, James Harper has come on in his place.

69
Substitution
 

Dudley Campbell is being taken off, Barry Bannan has come on in his place.

66
Goal
 

Goal!! Richard Cresswell scores for Sheff Utd.

55
Substitution
 

Keith Southern is replaced by Ben Burgess.

Second half
 

The second half is under way with the score currently at 2 v 0.

Half time
 

Half time whistle is blown by O Langford

43
Goal
 

Goal!! Nick Montgomery scores for Sheff Utd.

41
Substitution
 

Blackpool are replacing Neal Eardley with Andy Butler.

31
Yellow Card
 

Keith Southern is booked for unsporting behaviour.

1
Goal
 

Goal!! Sheff Utd have scored with Richard Cresswell putting it in the back of the net.

Kickoff
 

The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Sheff Utd face Blackpool at 7:45pm on Tuesday, March 16th.