Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 2 Blackpool

Match info: Championship at Molineux Stadium

Date: 26/01/2013 KO: 15:00 Ref: S Mathieson Att: 20,100

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 15



Tom Ince 45,78

FT (ht: 1-1)

  • Last Updated: January 26 2013, 19:22 GMT

Blackpool caretaker manager Steve Thompson confirmed he would love to lead the team on a permanent basis after a 2-1 npower Championship win at Wolves.

Thomas Ince is mobbed after scoring
Thomas Ince is mobbed after scoring

Wolves took a 15th-minute lead through Sylvan-Ebanks Blake, only for a Thomas Ince double to earn Blackpool their first win in seven league games.

Thompson, who is in temporary charge for the second time this season having first stepped in following the departure of Ian Holloway and then taken the reins from Michael Appleton, said: "It is not going to do me any harm to get results. I have always said that if it is me, fantastic. If it is not I will just hold the fort until somebody else comes in here.

"But whoever gets it has got a special bunch of players there. Karl (Oyston, Blackpool's chairman) knows the situation at the moment and it is in his court.

"I have always said that I am ready to be a number one. I would be chuffed to bits if I got a number one.

"But at the end of the day it is Karl's choice. He will do what is best for Blackpool."

As well as having to decide on the manager's job, Oyston is also likely to be fielding calls regarding Ince ahead of the transfer window closing on Thursday.

Liverpool are known admirers of Ince, and Thompson added: "I have heard the speculation but everything has a price.

"You see certain players going for big money and he is just as good as them.

"So if he is going to go, he is not going to go cheap. He is a special talent. If Tom goes, he goes, and he has earned it because he has been fantastic.

"He is still a little baby really and still has a lot to learn. But he has an end product and goals.

"If someone comes in they will get a special player but we are not going to give special players away for cheap at Blackpool."

Thompson felt that Blackpool were well worth their win and he said: "We had a few little shaky spells in the first half and were fortunate to get the goal just before half-time.

"Then in the second half I think we had long spells when we kept the ball and created chances."

Ebanks-Blake made the breakthrough when he was left unmarked 10 yards from goal to head home Ronald Zubar's right-wing cross.

Wolves were in control after Ebanks-Blake's strike and it looked like it would need something inspired for Blackpool to get back into the game.

It turned out to be a bizarre moment of defending as Wolves central defender Roger Johnson tried to shepherd the ball back to goalkeeper Carl Ikeme only for Ince to nip in and poke the ball home from three yards on the stroke of half-time.

Ince's second was inspired when he fired a fierce 25-yard drive past Ikeme.

The defeat means that Wolves have taken just two points from their first three games under the control of new boss Dean Saunders - and to add to their problems Johnson faces a three-match ban after being sent off in added time following his challenge on Angel Martinez.

Wolves are sliding towards the drop zone and Saunders admits he needs some wins.

He said: "I will probably learn more from that than if we had won 2-1.

"I have got to put things right and I will give the players a chance to do it themselves and if not I have to replace them as there are lots of little mistakes going on out there that I can see.

"If we had won 3-0, you end up not realising what has been wrong for two or three years.

"But we have got to get away from the bottom. We have to get a couple of wins.

"It is a difficult job because it is a massive club and no-one expects the club to be where it is.

"Every game we are expected to win and the pressure is on.

"Our players have to show the mental strength to walk through disappointment.

"There are more downs than ups in football and the top players come back from the downs.

"We were on course for a win after scoring a brilliant goal but we gave them a goal right on half-time.

"It was a catastrophic mistake. Both the players involved have to deal with it. Roger has to clear it or Carl has to dive on it and then Ince nips and scores.

"We had a good patch at the start of the second half. But football is all about fine margins.

Saunders may appeal against Johnson's dismissal, saying: "I will have a look at it again but I thought he (referee Scott Mathieson) made a mistake."

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