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. 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.
Keeper Scott Carson got his hand to the ball but there was too much power to prevent the goal.
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.
Referee: Michael Oliver
Venue: Bloomfield Road Attendance: 15,210
Blackpool scorers: Adam (pen) 12, Varney 62 West Brom scorers: Mulumbu, 85 BLACKPOOL 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
Substitutes 28 Kingson, 31 Keinan, 04 Southern, 19 Sylvestre, 23 Phillips, 29 Carney, 09 Harewood
WEST BROM 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)
Substitutes 13 Myhill, 04 Cech, 05 Tchoyi, 08 Barnes, 12 Reid, 17 Dorrans, 09 Bednar