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  • English Npower Championship
  • 20 February 2013, 7:45pm
  • Elland Road
  • Attendance: 25,532
LeedsLeedsvBlackpoolBlackpool
2
  • Norris, 57
  • Morison, 63
0

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Match ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.

90+3 mins:Second Half ends, Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0.

90+1 mins:Substitution, Leeds United. Jason Pearce replaces David Norris.

90+1 mins:Corner, Blackpool.

90+1 mins:Corner, Blackpool.

90 mins:Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

90 mins:Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

89 mins:Attempt missed. Matt Derbyshire (Blackpool) header from the right side of the six yard box misses to the left. Assisted by Matthew Phillips with a cross.

86 mins:Foul by Ross McCormack (Leeds United).

86 mins:Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

86 mins:Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Thomas Ince with a cross.

85 mins:Foul by Michael Brown (Leeds United).

85 mins:Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

84 mins:Substitution, Leeds United. Michael Brown replaces Michael Tonge.

84 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

83 mins:Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Leeds United) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

83 mins:Corner, Blackpool.

80 mins:Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

78 mins:Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

77 mins:Attempt saved. Sam Byram (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

76 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

74 mins:Substitution, Blackpool. Matt Derbyshire replaces Ludovic Sylvestre.

74 mins:Attempt missed. David Norris (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

70 mins:Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Delfouneso replaces Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

67 mins:Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

67 mins:Steve Morison (Leeds United) wins a free kick.

63 mins:Goal! Leeds United 2, Blackpool 0. Steve Morison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

57 mins:Goal! Leeds United 1, Blackpool 0. David Norris (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

56 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

54 mins:Attempt blocked. Matthew Phillips (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

53 mins:Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right misses to the right.

50 mins:Corner, Blackpool.

49 mins:Foul by Tom Lees (Leeds United).

49 mins:Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

49 mins:Attempt saved. David Norris (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

48 mins:Foul by Luke Varney (Leeds United).

48 mins:Alex Baptiste (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

Second Half begins Leeds United 0, Blackpool 0.

45+3 mins:First Half ends, Leeds United 0, Blackpool 0.

45+2 mins:Attempt missed. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

45+1 mins:Offside, Blackpool. Thomas Ince tries a through ball, but Thomas Ince is caught offside.

45+1 mins:Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

40 mins:Foul by David Norris (Leeds United).

40 mins:Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

39 mins:Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Morison with a cross.

36 mins:Attempt saved. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

34 mins:Attempt missed. Paul Green (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ross McCormack.

34 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

33 mins:Attempt saved. Ludovic Sylvestre (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

31 mins:Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the left.

30 mins:Attempt saved. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved.

28 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

26 mins:Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

26 mins:Ross McCormack (Leeds United) wins a free kick.

25 mins:Attempt missed. Ross McCormack (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

23 mins:Foul by Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool).

23 mins:David Norris (Leeds United) wins a free kick.

23 mins:Attempt saved. Matthew Phillips (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

21 mins:Foul by Stephen Warnock (Leeds United).

21 mins:Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

21 mins:Foul by David Norris (Leeds United).

21 mins:Isaiah Osbourne (Blackpool) wins a free kick.

20 mins:Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Leeds United) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Stephen Warnock with a cross.

14 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

14 mins:Attempt blocked. David Norris (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

14 mins:Attempt saved. Luke Varney (Leeds United) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Ross McCormack with a cross.

12 mins:Corner, Blackpool.

7 mins:Offside, Leeds United. Luke Varney tries a through ball, but Luke Varney is caught offside.

5 mins:Attempt missed. Luke Varney (Leeds United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

3 mins:Attempt blocked. Luke Varney (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3 mins:Corner, Leeds United.

2 mins:Offside, Blackpool. Gary Taylor-Fletcher tries a through ball, but Gary Taylor-Fletcher is caught offside.

First Half begins.

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

  • English Npower Championship
  • 20 February 2013, 7:45pm
  • Elland Road
  • Attendance: 25,532
LeedsLeedsvBlackpoolBlackpool
2
  • Norris, 57
  • Morison, 63
0

match report

David Norris and Steve Morison scored as Leeds beat Paul Ince's Blackpool 2-0 at Elland Road to climb to ninth in the Championship.

Ince made Blackpool the sixth club of his managerial career on Monday when, after a long search, he accepted chairman Karl Oyston's offer to replace Michael Appleton.

A trip to an out-of-form Leeds looked the perfect loosener for the 45-year-old. The Whites had not won in February and were on the verge of looking down rather than up - all while manager Neil Warnock was responding to fans' calls to quit by saying he would leave now if asked rather than abiding by his planned departure date at the end of the season.

But the 64-year-old proved there was life left in him as he galvanised his men to produce their best performance in months, with Norris and Morison scoring second-half goals that were due reward for a dominant performance.

A top-six finish in the Championship still looks ambitious, with Leeds six points off the play-offs with a game in hand. But their odds are better than Blackpool, who are five points above the bottom three with two wins in 11.

Leeds managed to stifle a Blackpool team who relied heavily on Ince's son, Thomas, and Matt Phillips for creativity and were rarely in the contest as United started as they continued, albeit with some errant finishing.

Former Blackpool striker Luke Varney was twice the guilty party, mis-hitting wide after a Morison cross and then heading straight at Matt Gilks from six yards when he had the majority of the goal to aim at after Ross McCormack's cross.

McCormack himself was not blameless as he could not get his feet sorted after Morison got to the byline and beat Gilks to tee up a free shot from close range, while Norris - making his 400th league appearance - was shut down by a brilliant Stephen Crainey block.

Blackpool tried to rally through two Phillips efforts that Paddy Kenny dealt with, while at the other end Leeds continued to squander chances, with McCormack again culpable.

When Gilks failed to push away a Varney cross, Morison unselfishly rolled the ball into the striker's path but, even with a half-empty goal to aim at, he found the sprawling body of his fellow Scotland international.

When Leeds' goal finally arrived in the 57th minute, even the most ardent Blackpool fan could not deny it was deserved, as Norris comprehensively cracked in a right-footed shot from the edge of the box after Varney's cross fell to him via the back of Tom Lees' head.

Blackpool scarcely had time to react and three minutes later they handed Leeds another, with Morison the grateful recipient of a first strike since leaving Norwich last month.

Sam Byram's cross should have been cleared by Crainey, but he inexplicably passed it to the standing Morison who beat Gilks with a smart eight-yard finish.

Having done little more than threaten from range before that, Blackpool now had a problem but their answer to it was in the negative, with Kenny not worked as Leeds saw the game out with ease.

team line-up

1Patrick Kenny
15Stephen Warnock
4Tom Lees
2Lee Peltier
18Michael Tonge84
7Paul Green
25Sam Byram
19David Norris91
11Luke Varney
44Ross McCormack
9Steve Morison

substitutes

5Jason Pearce91
14Aidan White
21El Hadji Diouf
30Ryan Hall
17Michael Brown84
12Jamie Ashdown
22Mouhamadou Habib Habibou

referee

Carl Boyeson

team line-up

1Matthew Gilks
3Stephen Crainey
20Craig Cathcart
42Kirk Broadfoot
15Alex Baptiste
7Matthew Phillips
18Isaiah Osbourne
16Barry Ferguson
14Ludovic Sylvestre74
12Gary Taylor-Fletcher70
11Thomas Ince

substitutes

38Matt Derbyshire74
4Reece Wabara
40Nathan Delfouneso70
21Mark Halstead
31Ángel
5Neal Eardley
17Chris Basham

referee

Carl Boyeson

match stats

possession %5049
shots on target75
shots off target65
corners75
tackles won00
offsides12