Slick Seasiders cut through Blades

20 October 2009 10:54
Ian Holloway's side have been one of the surprise packages in the Championship this term and they once again showed their quality in dispatching the Blades.[LNB]The visitors enjoyed marginally the better of the opening period, but fell behind on the hour mark when on-loan centre-half Marcel Seip met David Vaughan's corner to score for the second successive game.[LNB]Jason Euell made it 2-0 nine minutes later following a flowing move from the hosts, before substitute Charlie Adam added a third goal with a drilled effort from the edge of the area.[LNB]Blackpool stay in the play-off places following the victory and remain unbeaten at home this season, while United have now gone five league games without a win.[LNB]Holloway opted to make seven changes to the side that recorded a 2-0 home victory over Plymouth at the weekend, with Gary Taylor-Fletcher making a surprise return from an ankle injury.[LNB]On-loan forward Richard Cresswell was recalled to the Sheffield United line-up, with Ched Evans dropping to the bench.[LNB]David Cotterill, Ryan France and Andy Taylor also returned for the Blades after missing Saturday's disappointing 3-1 defeat at Scunthorpe.[LNB]The visitors were the first to threaten in the sixth minute, although Seasiders goalkeeper Matthew Gilks was equal to Darius Henderson's firmly-struck shot from 20 yards.[LNB]Blackpool had a decent opportunity of their own nine minutes later when Neal Eardley's cross picked out Euell, but the veteran striker diverted his header wide.[LNB]Gilks was called on to parry away another left-footed effort from Henderson soon after, while at the other end Euell was off target with a header from Jay Emmanuel-Thomas' cross.[LNB]United wasted a golden opportunity to take the lead 11 minutes before the break. Stephen Quinn's corner picked out Matt Kilgallon in the area and the centre-half headed over when it seemed easier to score.[LNB]Henderson was denied by Gilks for a third time as the Blades finished the half strongly and the Blackpool stopper also had to be alert to keep out a long-range effort from James Harper.[LNB]Holloway made two changes to his Blackpool side at the break, with Adam and David Vaughan coming on in place of Taylor-Fletcher and Al Bangura.[LNB]Alex Baptiste headed straight at Mark Bunn from an Adam free-kick in the 50th minute, but United went close again five minutes later through Taylor, who saw his 20-yard strike pouched by Gilks.[LNB]Baptiste then directed a header over the bar from Vaughan's outswinging corner.[LNB]And another Blackpool set-piece provided the game's opening goal on the hour mark as Seip escaped the attentions of Kilgallon to head home Vaughan's flag-kick.[LNB]Brett Ormerod and Eardley both spurned chances to extend their side's lead as the hosts enjoyed their best spell of the match.[LNB]And the Seasiders were soon rewarded with a second goal as a flowing move ended with the overlapping Eardley crossing for Euell to sidefoot home from 12 yards.[LNB]The hugely impressive Adam then saw an audacious long-range lob tipped over by a back-pedalling Bunn.[LNB]However, the former Rangers man was not to be denied a goal and he poured salt into United's wounds by firing home from 20 yards with eight minutes remaining.[LNB][LNB]

Source: Team_Talk