The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By An­drew Gwilym

NOT even a win can en­dear Rus­sell Slade to Cardiff’s fans as the Blue­birds boss faced chants call­ing for him to be sacked af­ter this victory.

Two penal­ties from Eoin Doyle and a Joe Ma­son goal earned the Welsh club all three points and con­demned rel­e­gated Black­pool to a full sea­son with­out an away win.

An­drea Or­landi’s goal had given the Seasiders hope of pulling off a come­back from two goals down, but Doyle’s sec­ond penalty killed the game off be­fore Peter Clarke’s con­so­la­tion.

How­ever, the Blue­birds faith­ful were still un­happy and chants of ‘Slade Out’ rang around the ground as the play­ers took a lap of hon­our af­ter the fi­nal home game of the sea­son.

“It doesn’t hurt, I think it maybe showed a lack of un­der­stand­ing,” said the for­mer Ley­ton Ori­ent boss.

“It has been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son so I do un­der­stand that, but go­ing for­ward we have a lot of work to do.

“I think a lot of it is down to the frus­tra­tion of the sea­son more than to­day.”

Ma­son’s strike, his first for Cardiff in two years, came af­ter the Black­pool de­fence failed to clear a Doyle cross, and the 24year-old swiv­elled to send a de­flected shot past El­liot Parish.

The sec­ond came in the 31st minute af­ter a howler from Henry Cameron, who dal­lied as he dealt with a stray pass and ended up trip­ping Aron Gun­nars­son as the Cardiff mid­fielder closed him down, and Doyle made no mis­take from the spot.

The vis­i­tors des­per­ately needed a re­sponse and they got one from half-time sub­sti­tute Or­landi, who af­ter just 128 sec­ond on the pitch cut in from the right to curl a left-footed shot into the net.

Cardiff be­gan to look ner­vous, as Charles Dunne had a shot de­flected just wide, while Clarke’s vol­ley was blocked by Bruno Manga.

But those nerves were set­tled when Ma­son went down af­ter con­tact with Miles Ad­di­son, and Doyle again sent Parish the wrong way, leav­ing Slade de­light- ed the Ir­ish­man had beaten down his door to en­sure he took the spot-kicks in the ab­sence of Peter Whit­ting­ham.

Slade said: “Eoin was bang­ing on my door in the week say­ing he wanted to take any penal­ties.

“He was one of three can­di­dates, along with Craig Noone and Joe Ma­son.

“But came up with the big­gest en­thu­si­asm to take them so de­lighted he took them in con­fi­dent mood.

“I thought Eoin and Joe looked good to­day and that part­ner­ship with Joe is only go­ing to con­tinue to im­prove.”

Clarke slid in a late con­so­la­tion but it was not enough to end Black­pool’s win­less run, which now extends to 17 matches, and they need to avoid de­feat against Hud­der­s­field or end up post­ing the low­est points to­tal in Cham­pi­onship his­tory.

“The goal that has ended up win­ning the game was not a penalty, and it cer­tainly would not have been given down the other end, that’s for sure,” said manager Lee Clark.

“It was not a foul, those are never given in any foot­ball, even in my lit­tle boy’s academy foot­ball that would not be given so we are dis­ap­pointed that ends up be­ing the win­ning goal.

“But we did not play well in the first half, we were very laboured in our play.

“The first penalty is just ridicu­lous from our point of view, to think you have that much time on the ball, and we did not de­fend prop­erly for the first goal.

“The lads had a go sec­ond half but it was not to be.

“They are try­ing their best but the ta­ble does not lie and our sea­son does not lie when we have gone the whole year with­out win­ning an away game and that’s dis­ap­point­ing.”

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