Blackpool 1 Crystal Palace 0 match report: Matt Phillips leaves it late to ruin Ian Holloway's return

 

Bloomfield Road

There was no joyous ovation, no mention of him over the PA and little interaction with the home support – it was as if Ian Holloway had never set foot inside Bloomfield Road before.

But of course, the Crystal Palace manager had. Blackpool's most successful coach since the 1950s oversaw the town's monumental rise to stardom and is adored in these parts. But such is the precarious position the Seasiders find themselves in towards the bottom of the Championship, the fans were in no mood to glorify the hero's return with so much as a glance in his direction.

That was until Matt Phillips scored a stunning winner with five minutes left. They were quite happy to engage the opposing manager then after their 10 men courageously battled for a crucial three points.

"I can't find the words to describe how happy I am with that performance," manager Paul Ince beamed. "On our day we can beat anybody and our fans were fantastic."

Holloway remained subdued throughout – possibly through respect to his old employers – but was startled at the state of the playing surface he left behind when moving south to Selhurst Park in November: "I don't know what on earth has happened to that pitch. You can't play football on it."

A game of this magnitude is what Blackpool needed to lift themselves away from danger. They showed the type of character and attacking verve that saw them labelled as promotion favourites when demolishing all in sight earlier in the season. Ince's side – trying to prove a point to their old boss – enjoyed the best of it, missing a number of chances before Barry Ferguson's stupidity saw him sent off before half-time.

Already booked, the midfielder blocked Yannick Bolasie's path when bearing down on goal.

That might have changed the game's complexion, but Blackpool – presumably possessing knowledge that the majority of rivals around them were winning – kept on pressing.

Even with a numerical advantage, Palace were poor, allowing Tom Ince to cut inside to find Phillips. The pass bobbled on the hideous surface but Phillips had only one thing on his mind – to swing a right leg from 25 yards. It flew in. The roof flew off.

Automatic promotion looks a stretch for Holloway now, who will have to settle for a third play-off campaign in as many seasons at this level. "This is our worst run and it's the wrong time to have it," he said. "But that shouldn't have been a defeat."

Blackpool (4-3-3): Gilks; Baptiste, Broadfoot, Mackenzie, Crainey; Basham, Ferguson, Sylvestre (Osbourne, 86) ; Phillips, Delfouneso (Eardley, 90), Ince (Derbyshire, 90). Substitutes not used Halstead, Eardley, Grandin, Angel, Futacs.

Crystal Palace (4-2-3-1) Speroni; Richards, Ramage, Delaney, Parr; Dikgacoi (Moritz, 71), Jedinak; Bolasie, Dobbie (Williams, 71), Zaha; Murray. Substitutes not used Price, Ward, Marrow, Wilbraham, Gabbidon.

Referee A Haines (Tyne and Wear).

News
Susan Sarandon described David Bowie as
peopleSusan Sarandon reveals more on her David Bowie romance
Sport
Arsenal supporters gather for a recent ‘fan party’ in New Jersey
football
Sport
sportDidier Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal
News
i100
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
The Secret Cinema performance of Back to the Future has been cancelled again
film
Life and Style
Balmain's autumn/winter 2014 campaign, shot by Mario Sorrenti and featuring Binx Walton, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn, Ysaunny Brito, Issa Lish and Kayla Scott
fashionHow Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain
Arts and Entertainment
Christian Grey cradles Ana in the Fifty Shades of Grey film
filmFifty Shades of Grey trailer provokes moral outrage in US
News
people
News
BBC broadcaster and presenter Evan Davis, who will be taking over from Jeremy Paxman on Newsnight
peopleForget Paxman - what will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Life and Style
fashionCustomer complained about the visibly protruding ribs
News
newsComedy club forced to apologise as maggots eating a dead pigeon fall out of air-conditioning
Arts and Entertainment
Jo Brand says she's mellowed a lot
tvJo Brand says shows encourage people to laugh at the vulnerable
Life and Style
People may feel that they're procrastinating by watching TV in the evening
life
News
Tovey says of homeless charity the Pillion Trust : 'If it weren't for them and the park attendant I wouldn't be here today.'
people
Sport
Rhys Williams
commonwealth games
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Evan Davis: The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing to take over at Newsnight

The BBC’s wolf in sheep’s clothing

What will Evan Davis be like on Newsnight?
Finding the names for America’s shame: What happens to the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert?

Finding the names for America’s shame

The immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border without documents who never make it past the Arizona desert
Inside a church for Born Again Christians: Speaking to God in a Manchester multiplex

Inside a church for Born Again Christians

As Britain's Anglican church struggles to establish its modern identity, one branch of Christianity is booming
Rihanna, Kim Kardashian and me: How Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Olivier Rousteing is revitalising the house of Balmain

Parisian couturier Pierre Balmain made his name dressing the mid-century jet set. Today, Olivier Rousteing – heir to the house Pierre built – is celebrating their 21st-century equivalents. The result? Nothing short of Balmania
Cancer, cardiac arrest, HIV and homelessness - and he's only 39

Incredible survival story of David Tovey

Tovey went from cooking for the Queen to rifling through bins for his supper. His is a startling story of endurance against the odds – and of a social safety net failing at every turn
Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
10 best reed diffusers

Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little