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Bloomfield Road (ATT 14,373) 1st April 2013 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Haines

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B Ferguson (S/O 42)
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Championship: Blackpool beat Ian Holloway's Crystal Palace 1-0

Last Updated: 02/04/13 5:05pm

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Matt Phillips: Hit the winner for Blackpool

Matt Phillips: Hit the winner for Blackpool

Matt Phillips hit a late winner as Blackpool beat Crystal Palace 1-0 in their Championship clash at Bloomfield Road.

Ten-man Blackpool made sure Ian Holloway's return ended in defeat as they beat Crystal Palace to secure a result that has implications at both ends of the table.

With Hull and Watford not playing until Tuesday night, Palace could have moved to within three points of the second-placed Tigers but they were undone by Phillips' 85th-minute strike, despite playing against 10 men for 48 minutes.

Phillips stole the points for the Seasiders as he curled a delightful effort past Julian Speroni as Paul Ince's men earned a win that does their chances of survival the world of good.

Despite Blackpool's win, their first at home under Ince, they remain firmly in the relegation dogfight that engulfs the entire bottom half of the table.

Palace were reliant on goalkeeper Speroni to keep them on level terms inside the first 10 minutes when he provided some fine reflexes to keep out Nathan Delfouneso's effort.

Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks denied Wilfried Zaha and then Damien Delaney fired over from the resulting corner.

Blackpool responded and Speroni was forced to make an even better save, again from Delfouneso, as the Argentinian got down superbly to deny the home striker.

But the wind was knocked out of the hosts' sails three minutes before the break as Barry Ferguson saw red for two yellow cards, the second coming after a cynical foul on Yannick Bolasie.

Glenn Murray had Palace's first chance of the second half, but he could not make enough contact with his header from Jonathan Parr's cross.

Palace continued to control the game and Zaha drifted a ball in to Murray, but the top scorer shot into the side-netting from a narrow angle.

And then they were hit with the ultimate sucker-punch as Phillips picked up the ball and curled a 20-yard effort home for his first goal since October.

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2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
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16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22