O’HARA STRIKES TO EASE SHAME
BLACKPOOL assistant manager Alan Thompson revealed some tough love helped the Tangerines bounce back from their 7-2 humiliation against Watford with a hardfought victory against Brighton.
Jamie O’Hara’s stunning second-half free- kick was all that separated the sides in a game which suffered due to an awful playing surface.
It is the first time in six meetings that Blackpool have got the better of Brighton and Lee Clark’s men have now lost just one of their last six games at Bloomfield Road.
And Thompson says Blackpool, who have now registered over 50 players this season, got the Watford defeat out of their system and insists the club won’t give up in their battle against relegation.
“It’s a nice feeling especially after the well documented horrendous weekend last weekend for everyone associated with the club,” Thompson said.
“We stayed in London because we did Goals On Sunday and Chris Kamara went ‘didn’t expect you two to be here’ but it was tough and you’ve got to face the music and we got it out our system.
“We left the players to watch it last week, you don’t want to humiliate them and they thought what we thought, that it was poor, unacceptable.
“It’s nice to get a result and the feeling of three points instead of conceding seven goals like last week.
“I think that’s our seventh home game since we’ve been here and the conditions make it difficult with the surface and that.
“You see it’s not easy on the eye, we understand that but we’ve got to start winning games.
“Unfortunately it doesn’t look attractive but we’ve got three points.
“We’re not going to throw the towel in. We’ve only been beaten here by Bournemouth and Ipswich who are flying high so the home record is decent. But we need to try and get something on the road.”
Brighton had the first chance of the game in the eighth minute as Tony McMahon allowed a long ball to slip through his legs which put Sam Baldock in on goal, but Peter Clarke blocked his effort from 12 yards.
Both sides were struggling to put together any meaningful attacks as neither were able to come to grips with an atrocious playing surface at Bloomfield Road.
Elliot Parish produced a super save to deny Brighton after 35 minutes as Danny Holla’s freekick was headed on target from six yards by Gordon Greer, only for Parish to spring high and tip the ball over the bar.
Blackpool scored the winner after 75 minutes when O’Hara curled a sensational left-footed free-kick over David Stockdale and into the back of the net from 35 yards.
Brighton manager Chris Hughton bemoaned the state of the Bloomfield Road pitch and admitted the result is a setback for his side.
“I think with the state of the pitch it was either going to be a real scrappy goal that won it or a wonderful strike,” Hughton said.
“They play very direct. It’s very difficult to play any other way on a pitch like this.
“The wind and conditions is something that you have to deal with but of course on most pitches in this division you’re able to play a little bit of a different game.
“They obviously play a game to suit the conditions.
“I think as the game went on we were comfortable enough though.
“We didn’t give ourselves perhaps enough chances to win the game.
“It’s a real bad blow because we’ve been in good form, there have been some good signs and of course it’s a real bad set back here.”
STOP THE ROT: Jamie O’Hara celebrates putting Blackpool ahead
CLASH: Steve Davies kicks goalkeeper David Stockdale
STAR MAN JAMIE O’HAR