Pool crash at Craven Cottage

Craig Cathcart puts Fulham's Mousa Dembele under pressure
Craig Cathcart puts Fulham's Mousa Dembele under pressure
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BLACKPOOL suffered a demoralising 3-0 defeat at Fulham at Craven Cottage yesterday.

Two first half goals from Bobby Zamora and a strike from Dickson Etuhu sealed a comfortable win for the home side.

Blackpool just never got going in a contest eerily similar to the 4-0 loss at Wolves in February.

Ian Holloway had made two changes to the team, bringing in James Beattie and Brett Ormerod in place of Jason Puncheon and Luke Varney. But it didn’t really work and Pool had very few attacking forays throughout the 90 minutes.

The closest the Seasiders came to scoring was when Brett Ormerod’s looping header was cleared off the line by Chris Baird, and later when Beattie’s angled right-foot shot hit a post.

Zamora scored on 23 minutes after a bad mistake by Beattie.

The pool striker’s misplaced pass allowed Zamora to charge through on goal and score off the crossbar.

Zamora doubled Fulham’s lead five minutes later when he headed in Damien Duff’s right- wing free-kick.

Etuhu completed the rout when he poked home from close range after Clint Dempsey’s header rebounded off the post in the 73rd minute.

Ian Holloway applauded the magnificent travelling support at the end, but the manager will know this display was one of Blackpool’s most lacklustre of the season.

The next four games, all at Bloomfield Road, are now likely to decide the Seasiders’ fate.