Premier League - Blackpool rock Wolves
Sat, 20 Nov 16:57:00 2010
Luke Varney's stunning 25-yard half-volley after three minutes set Blackpool on their way and Marlon Harewood's tap-in on the stroke of half-time doubled the advantage.
Kevin Doyle gave Wolves hope with four minutes to go but it was not enough.
Blackpool had not beaten Wolves in any of the last 14 meetings but had the dream start.
Ian Evatt's long ball towards Varney looked simple enough to defend but Kevin Foley made a hash of it and the striker was on it in a flash.
He took it on his chest before hitting a dipping right-footed half-volley into the far top corner for one of the goals of the season.
Despite the early goal Blackpool offered little until the closing minutes of the half. Evatt's cross was tipped behind by Marcus Hahnemann and from the resulting corner Varney nodded down for Harewood to make it 2-0 from inside the penalty area.
Wanderers had lost eight of their last 10 Premier League matches and chances in the first-half were rare although Christophe Berra's header after 30 minutes almost floated beyond Richard Kingson in the Blackpool goal.
In the second period Wolves posed a far greater threat with substitute Sylvain Ebanks-Blake and the lively Matt Jarvis constant threats but they did little to trouble Kingson in the Blackpool goal.
It was not until the final five minutes that the visitors came to life. George Elokobi's cross to the far post was met by Doyle who beat Kingson to his punch and headed home from six yards.
Moments earlier Evatt had prevented a certain goal when his sliding challenge denied Ebanks-Blake a tap-in from six yards.
The drama was not over as DJ Campbell nearly scored from inside his own half in stoppage-time when Hahnemann's attempted clearance struck his own player.
But Blackpool were not to be denied and gained three valuable points that could go a long way to retaining their Premier League status.
It looks like a long, hard season for Wanderers now.