Phillips clips Bluebirds' wings

Matt Phillips scored twice in the final seven minutes as Blackpool came from behind to earn a deserved 3-1 Championship win at Cardiff.

Last Updated: 04/02/12 at 22:27

Phillips: Snatched a late double

Phillips: Snatched a late double

The Bluebirds looked to be heading for victory after Joe Mason came off the bench to put them ahead on the hour mark against the run of play, when he converted Don Cowie's knock-down.

But veteran Blackpool striker Kevin Phillips, also a substitute, scored an equalising goal for the third successive game with a sublime volleyed finish in the 79th minute.

The turnaround was completed four minutes later when Matt Phillips also provided an astute finish from Roman Bednar's centre, and the points were made safe when the same scorer drove home in added time.

It was no more than Ian Holloway's side deserved as they bossed the majority of the play and registered a fourth win in the last five league games to move within two points of the high-flying Bluebirds.

It was an off-day for Malky Mackay's home side who were looking to keep the pressure on West Ham and Southampton, the top two in the Championship.

With only the Saints and Blues scoring more goals than these two sides ahead of today's fixtures, an open game looked on the cards.

But it took 20 minutes for the first real chance to materialise and Cardiff's David Marshall had to be alert to keep his side level and deny Nouha Dicko a debut goal.

Alex Baptiste made good progress down the right, whipped a cross in, and Dickoh connected well at the near post, forcing Marshall to superbly tip the ball over.

Blackpool continued to threaten when Stephen Crainey drilled a 25-yard free-kick over the wall, but Marshall was again equal to it.

Holloway would have been the happier of the two managers at half-time, but he was left disappointed with a piece of Dicko finishing when he found himself through on goal.

The hosts were on the attack, but Craig Conway's shot was blocked and Robert Fleck fed the on-loan Wigan striker, and with only Marshall to beat he dragged his weak effort wide.

Holloway was even more disappointed shortly after as Cardiff took an unlikely lead on the hour mark.

Andrew Taylor's cross found Cowie and his pinpoint header found Mason, who made no mistake from close range.

But, after his heroics against Sheffield Wednesday in the FA Cup last week and Coventry in the league in midweek, 39-year-old Kevin Phillips was the super-sub again as he found space to volley Blackpool level.

Four minutes later they were ahead when Matt Phillips, who was a constant threat throughout, superbly finished Bednar's low cross at the far post.

The win was made secure in time added on when the winger again finished with aplomb, after again being set free by Bednar.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

More Match Results

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
19:45
Charlton 1-2 Barnsley Report
Monday, 14 April 2014
20:07
Reading 1-1 Leicester Report
Saturday, 12 April 2014
15:07
Bolton 1-0 Barnsley Report
Brighton 3-0 Charlton Report
Burnley 0-1 Middlesbro' Report
Derby 3-1 Huddersfld Report
Ipswich 2-1 Doncaster Report
Leeds 2-0 Blackpool Report
Millwall 2-2 Watford Report
Sheff Wed 3-3 Blackburn Report

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Leicester 42 35 90
2 Burnley 42 31 83
3 Derby 42 27 75
4 QPR 42 15 73
5 Wigan 41 14 67
6 Reading 42 13 64
7 Brighton 42 12 64
8 Ipswich 42 8 64
9 Bournemth 42 1 62
10 Blackburn 42 3 60
11 N Forest 42 4 59
12 Middlesbro' 42 10 58
13 Watford 41 16 57
14 Bolton 42 -2 54
15 Sheff Wed 42 0 50
16 Leeds 42 -9 50
17 Huddersfld 42 -9 46
18 Birmingham 41 -10 43
19 Doncaster 42 -26 43
20 Blackpool 42 -26 42
21 Charlton 41 -24 41
22 Millwall 42 -30 40
23 Barnsley 42 -28 39
24 Yeovil 42 -25 36

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Footer 365

Premier League: Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood rues loss of Gareth Bale

Tim Sherwood feels Tottenham could have challenged for the title this season had Gareth Bale still been in their side.

Premier League: Luis Suarez urges Liverpool fans to be calm during title run-in

Luis Suarez has told Liverpool fans to stay calm as the club attempts to win its first top-flight title in 24 years.

Premier League: Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team can handle pressure

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says his team are able to handle the pressure as they chase fourth spot and an FA Cup win.

Mail Box

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

City: Bottle Jobs, A Laughing Stock...

There are some harsh words for Manchester City and Manuel Pellegrini in the Mailbox this morning, as well as some rather nicer ones for Tony Pulis and his magic hat...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property