Saints beat seasiders
St.Marys stadium, Southampton
Saints scraped through against a poor Blackpool team at St.Marys, but saints were perhaps very fortunate to take all three points.
The first major chance of the game went the way of Blackpool, Andrew Davies poor clearence rebounded of Blackpool striker Bartosz Slusarski and into the path of Morrell, he curled the shot from a narrow angle and hit the far post, Kelvin Davis looked to have it covered, he may of even got a touch to push it onto the post, Christain Dailly then hoofed to safety.
Saints took the lead 5 minutes later on 36 minutes, Wright-Phillips turned and squeezed a ball to Stern John, he then lashed a beautiful shot accross the keeper who had no chance of stopping it.
HALF TIME SAINTS 1 BLACKPOOL 0
Saints were unfortunate not to take a 2 goal lead, Dyer crossed from the right, Stern John controlled it and smashed a 15 yard shot against the underside of the bar! The ball was cleared to safety.
Saints should have rapped it up 3 minutes later, Euell burst through and got a 'soft' penalty, Ian Williamson was very quick on the whistle all day and didn't even take time to look and pointed to the spot. Jason Euell stepped up and perhaps justiuce was done when the Blackpool keeper made a fantastic save to deny Euell his second goal of the season, Surman looked as though he wanted it but Euell snatched the ball away and missed, Grzegorz Rasiak was on the bench and therefore could not have taken it.
The main talking point came on around the 80th minute, Skacel fouled Danny Coid, the referee blew his whistle when he should have played the advantage but was again very quick to blow the whistle, Blackpool carryed on and Fletcher-Taylor scored, most saints players had heard the whistle and stopped except Paul Ifil who challenged with Fletcher-Taylor for the ball. The play was brought back for a free-kick.
Grzegorz Rasiak came off the bench to link up with fellow sub Adam Hammill and he blasted over 1 on 1 with the keeper when he should have scored.
Saints will take it but in truth Blackpool were perhaps worth a point although they onlt tested Davis on the very rare occasion.
Kevlin Davis 7
Phil Ifill 8
Andrew Davies 8
Rudi Skacel 6
Nathan Dyer 7
Youseff Safri 7
Andrew Surman 6
Jason Euell 7
Bradley Wright-Phillips 6
Stern John 8
Jhon Viafara 6
Grzegorz Rasiak 7
Adam Hammill 6