Depleted West Brom make Blackpool work for victory

Blackpool struggled to the three points against nine-man West Brom in an entertaining 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool struggled to the three points against nine-man West Brom in an entertaining 2-1 win at Bloomfield Road.

For Roberto Di Matteo the West Bromwich Albion boss this defeat was only to be expected as the Baggies have now failed to win in 11 Premier League games they have played on a Monday.

If the loss was not a surprise its manner certainly was. Reduced to nine men after only 30 minutes Albion made light of their numbers and even pulled a goal back late-on to have the home side anxiously waiting for the final whistle.

For Blackpool it was their first top flight home win since 1971 and Albion’s miserable night began after just 12 minutes.

Pablo Ibanez was dismissed for a foul on DJ Campbell, resulting in a penalty that Charlie Adam scored.

Keeper Scott Carson got his hand to the ball but there was too much power to prevent the goal.

It got worse for the Baggies on 29 minutes when Gonzalo Jara was deservedly dismissed for a two footed challenge on Luke Varney which did his team-mates no favours at all.

Yet leading up to the break it was the visitor’s who finished the stronger.

Varney seemed to have killed off their opponents when he doubled the Seasiders lead on 62 minutes, but still Albion tried to play football.

After Blackpool had missed chances to settle the game they were made to endure an uncomfortable last few minutes as Youssouf Mulumbu scored a late consolation for Albion.

Referee: Michael Oliver

Venue: Bloomfield Road
Attendance: 15,210

Blackpool scorers: Adam (pen) 12, Varney 62
West Brom scorers: Mulumbu, 85

21 Gilks
03 Crainey
05 Eardley (Phillips 57)
06 Evatt
20 Cathcart (Carney 57)
11 Vaughan
14 Grandin
26 Adam (yellow card)
12 Taylor-Fletcher
16 Varney (Keinan 71 yellow card)
39 Campbell

28 Kingson,
31 Keinan,
04 Southern,
19 Sylvestre,
23 Phillips,
29 Carney,
09 Harewood

01 Carson
06 Pablo (red card)
20 Shorey
30 Tamas
36 Jara (red card)
11 Brunt
14 Thomas (Barnes 71)
21 Mulumbu (yellow card)
33 Scharner (yellow card)
28 Fortune (Dorrans 35)
31 Cox (Reid (14yellow card)

13 Myhill,
04 Cech,
05 Tchoyi,
08 Barnes,
12 Reid,
17 Dorrans,
09 Bednar

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