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Bloomfield Road (ATT 9,647) 16th September 2009 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: J Moss

Blackpool Blackpool vs Newcastle United Newcastle

Blackpool 2

B Ormerod (45+2)
J Euell (65)


Newcastle 1

A Carroll (40)

Seasiders down Magpies

Carroll puts Magpies ahead before Ormerod and Euell strike

Last Updated: 16/09/09 10:19pm

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Euell: Netted winner

Euell: Netted winner

Blackpool came from behind at Bloomfield Road to beat Newcastle 2-1 and inflict a first Championship defeat on the high-flying Magpies.

It looked like the visitors were heading back to the top of the table when they went ahead five minutes before half-time via Andy Carroll.

But the Seasiders deservedly went in level at the break after an injury-time Brett Ormerod equaliser, while Ian Holloway's side then won it in the 65th minute when Jason Euell smashed home in a loose ball.

The win sees Blackpool move up to 11th in the league, while Newcastle, who conceded their first goals since the opening day of the season, remain in third position.

United arrived at Bloomfield Road for the first time in the league since 1971 and had their first real taste of what they may expect to face in the Championship back waters this season as the hosts, aided by a boisterous home crowd, dominated the opening exchanges and created several chances.

First effort

The Seasiders could have gone ahead with their first real effort on goal as when Euell broke down the left and fed Ormerod, he fired in a fierce shot that Harper could only parry at full stretch.

The rebound fell to Hameur Bouazza, who had the easiest of tasks to tap in, but the linesman had already raised his flag.

Harper was soon again called into action when Ormerod turned provider and found David Vaughan, but the midfielder, in a great position eight yards out and unmarked, could not connect properly and scooped the ball into the grateful clutches of the busy Newcastle keeper.

The pressure continued and Harper was keeping his side in it as he made a string of fine saves, twice denying both Bouazza and Keith Southern as Blackpool searched for the vital goal their domination warranted.

Having weathered the storm, Newcastle showed their quality and took the lead in the 40th minute with their first foray into the Blackpool area.

Joey Barton whipped in a pinpoint cross for Carroll and the striker produced a fine header at the far post to beat Paul Rachubka.

Deservedly levelled

The hosts were not deterred by the setback and deservedly levelled in first-half stoppage time.

Charlie Adam unleashed a fierce drive that Harper could only fend out to Ormerod and the veteran striker breached Newcastle's defence for the first time in 545 Championship minutes by tapping in the loose ball.

Holloway's men continued in the same vein in the second period and finally took the lead their endeavour deserved just after the hour mark.

The Seasiders forced a corner and after a near-post flick, a mad goalmouth scramble was ended by Euell smashing the ball home.

Newcastle inevitably upped their game in search of an equaliser and spurned three great chances to grab a point.

Kevin Nolan headed wide, Geremi fluffed his shot from a good position and Stephen Crainey cleared off the line as the hosts held on for a worthy win.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25