Blackpool 1 - 2 Cardiff City

Match info: Championship at Bloomfield Road

Date: 19/01/2013 KO: 17:20 Ref: M Naylor Att: 13,998

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Gary Taylor-Fletcher 60



Bo-Kyung Kim 54
Tommy Smith 64

FT (ht: 0-0)

  • Last Updated: January 19 2013, 21:38 GMT

Caretaker manager Steve Thompson refused to be drawn on rumours linking sacked Southampton boss Nigel Adkins with the Blackpool vacancy - maintaining he can be the man to take the club forward despite a 2-1 defeat against Cardiff.

Steve Thompson: Wants the Blackpool job
Steve Thompson: Wants the Blackpool job

Just 24 hours after his surprise sacking at Southampton, Adkins has become one of the front-runners to succeed Michael Appleton at Bloomfield Road.

Goals from Tommy Smith and Kim Bo-kyung ensured Thompson's short reign featured its third consecutive defeat, however, while remaining tight-lipped about Adkins he was unafraid to talk of his own ambitions.

"There's always going to be speculation," said Thompson, whose side's goal came from a Gary Taylor-Fletcher header.

"I'm in charge - temporary charge - for the moment and until I hear anything different I'll keep going along but I think it needs sorting, especially for the lads because they need stability around the club.

"The players hear all the speculation, it needs sorting out. There are lads out of contract, there's lads who need the contract sorting. I'd be lying if I said it wouldn't be unsettling for them. Until we hear different we've just got to make sure we get them right.

"I've said from day one that Karl Oyston will make the decision and hopefully the right decision for Blackpool Football Club.

"I want to be number one of course I do. I've always said I'm ready, I'm ready to be number one but whatever Karl decides to do I'll back him 100%, with whatever role I have at Blackpool.

"I've just been in temporary charge. We've not actually sat down and spoken. That's Karl's decision - that's why he's chairman."

The uncertainty at Blackpool is in sharp contrast to opponents Cardiff for whom victory means a 10-point lead at the top of the npower Championship.

"It's not becoming ours to lose. Let's be clear on that one, it's a big no," said Cardiff boss Malky Mackay.

"There's plenty of games to go and a lot of points to get. The minute you start thinking like that is the minute you start dropping the league.

"You've just got to keep making sure we apply ourselves. We've got to make sure at this time of this season we've just got to keep our heads down and work hard.

"Certainly in January and February, the pitches can be a bit awkward and the weather can be bad and there is the Saturday-Tuesdays.

"You've just got to get your head down and grind the results out. I'm delighted with the boys, playing to the standard they did tonight.

"I'm just delighted we got the win. It's never been an easy place to come and I think that's four away wins in a row for us now too."

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