Blackpool vs Cardiff City match report: Russell Slade watches Cardiff gift Blackpool first win

Blackpool 1 Cardiff City 0

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Russell Slade will not be taking over a winning team after watching his new Cardiff side become the first club to lose to Blackpool this season.

The former Leyton Orient manager was at Bloomfield Road to see Cardiff lose to a second half-goal from Francois Zoko as Blackpool climbed off the bottom of the Championship table.

The defeat was the first in four Championship games Cardiff have suffered under the caretaker duo of Scott Young and Danny Gabbidon. Blackpool will be hoping this win is the start of something better.

Cardiff have been an oasis of calm in comparison with Blackpool.Many supporters again protested sporadically against owners the Oyston family around a planned walk-out early in the second half.

In a bright first half Blackpool were the dominant side. Ishmael Miller’s strength and powerful running caused Cardiff problems as David Marshall palmed away his angled drive before he headed a David Perkins cross over the top.

Russell Slade watches the match at Bloomfield Road

The walk-out seemed to distract Blackpool and awaken Cardiff who went close through Fabio and fellow defender John Brayford, who both saw deflected efforts go just wide.

But Blackpool regained their focus just in time to claim the winner with 63 minutes gone. Zoko showed real composure to run onto Joel Dielna’s pass and slide a shot past Marshall.

Blackpool (4-4-2): Parish; McMahon, Rentmeister, Daniels, J Oriol (Dielna, 14); Zoko (Ranger, 83), Lundstram, Perkins, E Oriol (Mellis, 92); Miller, Delfouneso. Substitutes not used: Cywka, Mendy, Zenjov, Milton.

Cardiff City (4-4-1-1): Marshall; Brayford, Manga, S Morrison, Fabio; Pilkington, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Ralls (Noone, 69); R Morrison (Le Fondre, 69); Jones (Macheda, 61). Substitutes not used: Adeyami, Maynard, Moore, James.

Referee: D Whitestone (Northants)