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St. Mary's Stadium (ATT 15,629) 30th August 2008 - Kick off 12:45 Ref: A Marriner

So'ton Southampton vs Blackpool Blackpool

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Blackpool sink Saints

Grayson's men record first league win

Last Updated: 30/08/08 3:20pm

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Grayson: First league win

Grayson: First league win

Blackpool recorded their first Championship victory of the season courtesy of a Ben Burgess penalty on the stroke of half-time against Southampton at St Mary's.

Simon Grayson's side had three goals disallowed after the interval as they dominated Southampton on the South Coast.

It appeared the first half was to remain goalless until Jamie White clumsily brought down Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Burgess sent Kelvin Davis the wrong way with the penalty.

Blackpool started well and had the first chance when Shaun Barker's long throw was met by the onrushing Ian Evatt, but he headed wide.

Southampton came roaring back and Lee Holmes' cross from the left was parried by Paul Rachubka into the path of Lloyd James, whose shot was blocked on the line by Rob Edwards.


On the stroke of half-time Adam Hammill's corner fell to Taylor-Fletcher and his jinking run forced White into a clumsy challenge which Burgess punished from the spot.

And it was Blackpool who began the second half better and they had the ball in the net two minutes after the break only for the goal to be ruled out for a foul on Davis.

Just after the hour mark Barker's header from Hammill's corner was turned in by Steve Kabba but the Blackpool striker was rightly ruled offside.

Jan Poortvliet brought on Stern John and Paul Wotton in a bid to get back into the game but still the visitors dominated.

With 20 minutes remaining Blackpool had a goal disallowed for the third time when substitute David Vaughan deflected the ball in from an offside position.

In injury time Nathan Dyer played in David McGoldrick but his shot cannoned agonisingly off the crossbar as Blackpool held on for the points.

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3 Middlesbrough 27 50
4 Ipswich Town 27 50
5 Brentford 27 49
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7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27 44
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