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  • Date:07 Feb 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Hillsborough
  • Attendance:10,274

Live Commentary


The referee blows for offside against Ryan Lowe. Indirect free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.


Nouha Dicko is brought on as a substitute for Robert Harris.


A cross is delivered by Ryan Lowe.


Foul by Danny Wilson on Clinton Morrison, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Chris Lines.


Julian Bennett produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.


Gerardo Bruna replaces Matt Phillips.


Effort from the edge of the penalty box by Ryan Lowe goes wide of the right-hand upright.


Matt Phillips produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.


The ball is delivered by John Fleck.


Ryan Lowe is caught offside. Danny Wilson takes the free kick.


Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lomana Tresor LuaLua by Jose Vitor Semedo. Kevin Phillips goes off and John Fleck comes on. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.


Shot from inside the area by Chris Lines clears the bar.


The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Stephen Bywater.


Chris Lines challenges Martinez Angel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Wilson restarts play with the free kick.


Ludovic Sylvestre fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the top right corner of the goal. Sheff Wed 0-3 Blackpool.Matt Phillips provided the assist for the goal.

Match Preview

Jones boost for Owls Sheffield Wednesday skipper Rob Jones will return to the side for the FA Cup fourth round replay against Blackpool. Central defender Jones, sidelined for the last four games due to an ankle injury, will step in for Blackpool loanee Miguel Llera, who has already appeared in the competition for Brentford this season. Mike Jones, a recent signing from Bury, is another who is ineligible and latest new recruit, John Bostock, is also cup-tied having made his only appearance for Tottenham this season in the FA Cup. Midfielder Chris Lines, strikers Ryan Lowe and Clinton Morrison and defender Lewis Buxton are among those who will be hoping to return to the starting line-up. Manager Gary Megson has no new injury or suspension problems, although defender Reda Johnson, currently on nine yellow cards, is walking a suspension tightrope. Kevin Phillips and Roman Bednar could be set to start in attack for Blackpool. Phillips' injury-time penalty gave the Seasiders the chance of a second go at their npower League One opponents as the sides drew 1-1 at Bloomfield Road 10 days ago. The 39-year-old striker has since netted crucial goals from the bench in dramatic league wins over Coventry and Cardiff and is in line for a place in the starting XI as boss Ian Holloway prepares to rotate his squad with one eye on their growing promotion ambitions in the Championship. On-loan West Brom forward Bednar, who enjoyed a fruitful partnership with Phillips during their time together at the Hawthorns, has won praise from Holloway for his contribution as a substitute over the past week and will hope for a first start since moving to Lancashire. Keith Southern remains the Seasiders' only major injury absentee with a gashed ankle. The midfielder played his first game since having a tumour removed from a testicle in November when he started the initial tie but sustained the blow to his ankle moments before Clinton Morrison opened the scoring for Wednesday.

Match Report

Seasiders soar past Owls Blackpool earned an FA Cup fifth-round trip to Everton after a scintillating 3-0 demolition of Sheffield Wednesday in their fourth-round replay at Hillsborough. The game was effectively won in the opening 15 minutes as Matt Phillips continued his red-hot scoring streak with a precise finish and Lomana LuaLua curled in a superb effort soon after. The Seasiders produced an outstanding attacking display and they made it three shortly after the break with another goal of sheer quality, Ludovic Sylvestre bending in from the edge of the area. It could, and perhaps should, have been more but with the quality of all three goals, Blackpool manager Ian Holloway will have seen enough to be confident of going to Goodison Park and forcing a result in 11 days. For Wednesday, it was a night to forget, although with an npower League One promotion assault to concentrate solely on now, boss Gary Megson may not be too disappointed. The fact that Megson made eight changes from the Owls' weekend win over Yeovil highlights exactly where he ranked this game in importance, though Holloway, whose side sit fifth in the npower Championship, also made eight changes. Despite that rotation, it was an open start and Wednesday had already spurned a golden chance as Ryan Lowe shot straight at Matt Gilks when offered a clear sight of goal by the time Blackpool went ahead in the seventh minute. Some neat passing saw Phillips receive the ball 20 yards out and through a crowded area he skilfully picked his spot in the bottom corner with goalkeeper Stephen Bywater possibly unsighted. It continued a remarkable run of form for the 20-year-old, who made it 10 goals in 10 games and three in the space of 14 minutes of action after his late double at Cardiff on Saturday. He will have been especially pleased to bag on his return to Sheffield, where he scored six in seven appearances for Wednesday's city rivals United when on loan earlier this season. Blackpool doubled their lead seven minutes later as LuaLua was set free down the left and he cut inside and curled a precise shot into the far corner from the angle of the penalty area. The Seasiders threatened to run away with it, looking dangerous every time they came forward, but Wednesday responded in the only way they know - an aerial assault - and it almost paid dividends just after the half-hour as Rob Jones tested Gilks with a powerful header from Chris Sedgwick's corner. The half-time interval did little to disrupt Blackpool's attacking prowess as they extended their lead further in the 53rd minute with the goal of the evening. Wednesday lost possession and Phillips' cheeky back-heel set Sylvestre free and he advanced into the area and bent a sublime effort into the top corner from 16 yards. Phillips should have made it 11 in 10 games with 18 minutes remaining as the visitors continued to boss, but when he burst through the Wednesday defence he put his shot the wrong side of the post. Wednesday did offer some late excitement to their fans as Lowe and Julian Bennett shot wide. Nevertheless, it was a comfortable evening for Holloway's side, who gain revenge for their first-round Carling Cup exit here in August.