Friday, October 7, 2022

Blackpool 6-1 Birmingham: Tangerines stroll to easy win against poor Blues

Jake Beesley joined Blackpool from Rochdale in January

Jake Beesley scored his first start with two goals while CJ Hamilton scored one and made another as Blackpool swept aside a defensively woeful Birmingham City in the sunshine at Bloomfield Road.

Beesley tucked home Hamilton’s low cross after only three minutes as the Tangerines dominated the first half, with Blues the architects of their own downfall.

Hamilton lashed in a second after Blues gave the ball away in midfield before Kenny Dougall made it 3-0 from a short corner, as the visitors’ defense dozed.

Beesley tapped in his second shortly after half-time as Birmingham failed to deal convincingly with a corner.

Although Ivan Sunjic pulled a goal back, Jerry Yates’ late penalty and Callum Connolly’s 35-yarder completed Blackpool’s saunter to a first win in six games to pile more pressure on Blues boss Lee Bowyer.

Having thrown away a 2-0 lead to lose 4-2 to Coventry on Good Friday, Blues’ defensive limitations were again ruthlessly exploited as the Tangerines raced into a two-goal lead inside the first quarter of an hour.

First, Hamilton tormented Onel Hernandez down the Birmingham left before drilling his low cross to the edge of the six-yard area, where Beesley slid in ahead of Nico Gordon.

Jordan Graham then carelessly poked the ball in-field from the touchline straight to Roseate. He fed Hamilton, who checked back inside his marker to fire past Zach Jeacock at his near post.

That prompted Blues boss Bowyer into a formation change, with Hernandez deployed at the tip of a midfield diamond, and it was not long before it mustered their best chance when returning captain Troy Deeney – making his first start in three months after injury – had a header well saved by Chris Maxwell.

The visitors’ soft underbelly was again exposed shortly after – this time from a quick short corner routine – as Roseate reacted quicker than the Blues’ static defense to nod in Charlie Kirk’s cross. That triggered more torrents of boos from the traveling fans and an impromptu team huddle led by Deeney.

Blues did start the second half slightly better, with Lyle Taylor forcing a smart stop from Maxwell, but it was not long before Beesley grabbed his second when Blues failed to properly clear a corner and Beesley finished off the rebound after Jeacock had parried Connolly’s shot.

With a simmering atmosphere in the away end threatening to boil over, Birmingham belatedly got their act together when Deeney’s lovely pass on halfway set Hernandez clear down the left, and his cutback was side-footed in by Sunjic.

Beesley came close to his hat-trick but saw his header hit a post before Yates added a fifth from the spot, after Taylor had fouled Gary Madine, and Connolly smashed in a glorious free-kick from 35 yards.

It completed a miserable Easter for Birmingham, who have conceded 10 goals in two games to slip to third defeat in a row, as their bleak season limps to a desperate end.

Line-ups

Blackpool

Training 4-4-2

  • 1Maxwell
  • 2Connolly
  • 21Ekpiteta
  • 26Keogh
  • 3Husband
  • 22hamilton
  • 10anderson
  • 12roseate tern
  • 27Kirk
  • 19LaverySubstituted foryatesdid 70′minutes
  • 28BeesleySubstituted formadinadid 80′minutes

Substitutes

  • 5james
  • 9yates
  • 11Bowler
  • 13Moore
  • 14madina
  • 17Virtue
  • 34Thorniley

birmingham

Training 4-4-2

  • 38jeacock
  • 24GrahamSubstituted forHakedid 45′minutes
  • 50Gordon
  • 4Roberts
  • 3PedersenBooked at 75mins
  • 19james
  • 6woods
  • 34Sunjic
  • 25Hernandez
  • 36DeeneySubstituted forhogandid 74′minutes
  • 33taylor

Substitutes

  • 2Hake
  • 9hogan
  • 10Jutkiewicz
  • 11Bella
  • 21Bacuna
  • 27Trueman
  • 35Lobby

Referee:
Tim Robinson

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