Blackpool 1-0 Reading- Report
Report of match 3rd December 2011
Blackpool 1-0 Reading- Report.
McManaman magic seals Seasiders win
Callum McManaman bagged his first goal for Blackpool in a 1-0 victory as Reading lost for the first time in three npower Championship outings.
McManaman, on loan from Wigan, beat Royals keeper Adam Federici with a superb curling effort 10 minutes after half-time to hand the Tangerines all three points.
Blackpool had struggled in the opening 45 minutes, however, and Reading should have netted through any one of Adam Le Fondre, Hal Robson-Kanu or Jimmy Kebe - all of whom had good chances to open the scoring in the first period.
Both teams saw claims for penalties turned down over the course of the match, Blackpool for an apparent foul by Shaun Cummings on McManaman and Reading for a push on Alex Pearce, but in the end McManaman's strike proved to be the difference.
Le Fondre, restored to the Reading starting line-up in place of the injured Noel Hunt, had the first opportunity of the match - sending an ambitious overhead kick high over the Blackpool goal after four minutes.
The hosts quickly rallied, with Lomana LuaLua firing narrowly wide, as the match opened up at a frenetic pace.
The game's first flashpoint came just before the quarter-hour mark. McManaman was brought down by Shaun Cummings on the edge of the area and the Blackpool players wanted a penalty, only for referee Mark Brown to wave away the Tangerines' claims.
With home manager Ian Holloway still fuming on the sidelines, Blackpool almost found themselves behind moments later.
Cummings provided a pin-point cross and Le Fondre leapt at the back post to put a free header wide of the mark.
The Royals had another glorious opportunity to open the scoring almost immediately. This time winger Kebe failed to hit the target under pressure after he was played clean through on goal. And the visitors could have had their third goal inside the first 30 minutes when Robson-Kanu failed to connect onto Kebe's centre with the net gaping.
Blackpool, who had been pushed onto the back foot for much of the half, saw Ludovic Sylvestre's effort skid wide of the target after 31 minutes before LuaLua followed suit two minutes later.
Reading had the ball in the back of the net with 10 minutes remaining of the opening period through Simon Church, but the Welshman's celebrations were cut abruptly short by an offside flag.
Mr Brown turned down Royals shouts for a penalty after Pearce fell under pressure in the box, as the sides went into the interval goalless.
Blackpool got a foothold on proceedings in the early moments of the second half, and Gary Taylor-Fletcher might have done better when played through one-on-one with Federici, but the forward could not hand his side the advantage.
Federici had to be alert two minutes later to smother a loose ball in the area at the feet of Sylvestre.
However, Blackpool's pressure soon told and McManaman handed the hosts the advantage after 55 minutes. Matt Phillips slipped a neat pass into the feet of the on-loan Wigan man, and he ducked and dived inside before unleashing a curling effort which beat the outstretched Federici.
After spending much of the first period soaking up attack after attack from Reading, Blackpool were suddenly all over their guests.
Only Federici's fingertips prevented LuaLua from finding the back of the net from a tight angle, as Reading frantically tried to regroup.
McManaman tried his luck from the edge of the area without any reward after 69 minutes and Reading's only chance of any significance in the second half came with five minutes left - but Ian Harte sent his free-kick wide of the goal.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Bloomfield Road Attendance: 11,656|
|1 - 0||Reading
|-||Match ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 0.|
|90+3||Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 0.|
|88||Foul by Mathieu Manset (Reading).|
|88||Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|88||Offside, Blackpool. Matthew Phillips is caught offside.|
|87||Substitution, Blackpool. Ángel replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.|
|87||Attempt missed. Ian Harte (Reading) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.|
|86||Foul by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).|
|86||Mathieu Manset (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|85||Attempt saved. Michail Antonio (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross.|
|81||Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ludovic Sylvestre.|
|80||Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Basham replaces Callum McManaman.|
|74||Substitution, Blackpool. Kevin Phillips replaces Tresor Lomana Lua Lua.|
|73||Foul by Callum McManaman (Blackpool).|
|73||Michail Antonio (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|70||Substitution, Reading. Mathieu Manset replaces Simon Church.|
|70||Substitution, Reading. Michail Antonio replaces Jimmy Kébé.|
|69||Attempt missed. Callum McManaman (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.|
|69||Offside, Reading. Jimmy Kébé is caught offside.|
|66||Offside, Blackpool. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua is caught offside.|
|63||Kaspars Gorkss (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|63||Foul by Kaspars Gorkss (Reading).|
|63||Matthew Phillips (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|60||Foul by Stephen Crainey (Blackpool).|
|60||Simon Church (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|57||Attempt blocked. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked.|
|56||Attempt missed. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Simon Church with a cross.|
|55||Goal! Blackpool 1, Reading 0. Callum McManaman (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Matthew Phillips.|
|52||Foul by Ian Harte (Reading).|
|52||Matthew Phillips (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|47||Alex Pearce (Reading) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|47||Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).|
|47||Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|-||Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Reading 0.|
|45+3||First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Reading 0.|
|45+2||Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).|
|45+2||Simon Church (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|45+1||Offside, Reading. Jimmy Kébé is caught offside.|
|45||Foul by Alex Pearce (Reading).|
|45||Ian Evatt (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|36||Offside, Blackpool. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua is caught offside.|
|35||Offside, Reading. Simon Church is caught offside.|
|34||Attempt saved. Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Ian Harte with a cross.|
|33||Foul by Neal Eardley (Blackpool).|
|33||Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|33||Attempt missed. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.|
|31||Attempt missed. Ludovic Sylvestre (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.|
|29||Offside, Blackpool. Callum McManaman is caught offside.|
|28||Foul by Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading).|
|28||Neal Eardley (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|27||Foul by Jem Karacan (Reading).|
|27||Ludovic Sylvestre (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|24||Ian Evatt (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.|
|24||Foul by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).|
|24||Simon Church (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|20||Attempt missed. Mikele Leigertwood (Reading) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.|
|18||Attempt missed. Jimmy Kébé (Reading) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.|
|17||Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the right. Assisted by Shaun Cummings with a cross.|
|10||Offside, Reading. Simon Church is caught offside.|
|9||Foul by Mikele Leigertwood (Reading).|
|9||Barry Ferguson (Blackpool) wins a free kick.|
|8||Attempt missed. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.|
|4||Attempt missed. Adam Le Fondre (Reading) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.|
|4||Foul by Ian Evatt (Blackpool).|
|4||Adam Le Fondre (Reading) wins a free kick.|
|3||Offside, Blackpool. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua is caught offside.|
|2||Offside, Blackpool. Gary Taylor-Fletcher is caught offside.|
|1||Offside, Blackpool. Tresor Lomana Lua Lua is caught offside.|
|-||First Half begins.|
|-||Lineups are announced and players are warming up.|