GUS HAILS HIS SOAR­ING GULLS

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

Black­pool have the po­ten­tial for sim­i­lar in their in­ter­chang­ing front four, but they were spilt into clear halves of front and back – a pos­si­ble symp­tom of three man­agers, and thus styles, this sea­son.

The Seasiders had pre­vi­ously only con­ceded seven goals in Paul Ince’s 11 games in charge, but Will Buck­ley’s eighth-minute goal opened a dam. He col­lected pos­ses­sion just in­side Black­pool’s half with Stephen Crainey in close prox­im­ity. How­ever, Crainey stood-off, main­tain­ing his dis­tance un­til Buck­ley could curl a shot in­side the far post.

The sec­ond goal was the first to bear the Spa­niards’ im­print. Or­landi’s cor­ner came back to him. He crossed be­yond the back post where Dean Ham­mond headed into the mid­dle and Matthew Up­son eas­ily scored.

The third oozed qual­ity. López bent a re­turn pass to Or­landi around his stand­ing leg to take three de­fend­ers out of the game and his com­pa­triot fin­ished with an equally gor­geous shot with the out­side of his foot.

53 sec­onds af­ter half-time López timed his run to meet Buck­ley’s lay-off and lift a shot over Matt Gilks via Kirk Broad­foot’s de­flec­tion.

Black­pool were briefly re­vi­talised by Ham­mond’s own goal, but then Kazenga LuaLua weaved one way and the other and crossed for Barnes to flick in a smart fin­ish.

And López and Or­landi com­bined once more for the sixth, the lat­ter cross­ing for Barnes’ easy fin­ish.

Ince said: “We looked leggy – maybe two games on our pitch in four days didn’t help the cause against a very, very good Brighton side.

“We didn’t get to grips with it. We were sec­ond-best all over the park, which is un­like us.

“If we were get­ting beaten by fours and fives ev­ery week then there’d be an is­sue, but we can look at this and say it’s a bad day at the of­fice.

“I said to the play­ers to ‘be dis­ap­pointed but since I've been here you’ve been fan­tas­tic’ and that’s shown in the re­sults.”

PIC­TURE: Robin Jones

THREE AND EASY: An­drea Or­landi scores Al­bion’s third goal on the day

ALL SMILES: Matthew Up­son scores to make it 2-0

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