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                                                    Watford
                                                    0-2
                                                    Blackpool
                                                    Stephen Dobbie (25 mins)
                                                    Stephen Dobbie (70 mins)

                                                    npower Championship , Apr 6, 2012
                                                    Ground: Vicarage Road Stadium , Kickoff: 15:00 , Att 16,314

                                                    Team news

                                                    Mariappa again missing for Hornets Adrian Mariappa will again watch from the stands as Watford host Blackpool on Good Friday.

                                                    The centre-back has missed the club's last three matches with an ankle injury and will continue to sit out against the Seasiders, although manager Sean Dyche remains hopeful he will play again this season.

                                                    Otherwise, the Hornets boss has a full-strength squad to select from as his side aim to extend their seven-match unbeaten run and continue their late surge for a play-off place.

                                                    Chris Iwelumo will keep his place in attack having marked his recall against Leeds last weekend with a brace to secure an impressive 2-0 victory at Elland Road.

                                                    Dyche is unlikely to make any changes to his starting line-up at a sell-out Vicarage Road for a game which, if Watford were to win, would see them move within three points of their opponents.

                                                    Veteran striker Kevin Phillips will face a late fitness test for Blackpool.

                                                    The Seasiders' top scorer missed out on last weekend's 3-0 win over former club Southampton due to ankle and hip soreness.

                                                    Phillips might have to be content with a place on the bench at Vicarage Road - where he started his professional career in 1994 - as Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Stephen Dobbie combined well in attack against the npower Championship leaders, the latter bagging a brace on his first start since returning to Blackpool on loan from Swansea last month.

                                                    Fellow forward Roman Bednar will remain on the sidelines and the West Brom loanee could miss the rest of the season with damaged knee ligaments.

                                                    Captain Barry Ferguson and left-back Stephen Crainey were rested against the Saints and return to manager Ian Holloway's plans.

                                                    Blackpool head into the Easter weekend in the play-off places, lying fifth ahead of Brighton and Middlesbrough on goal difference.

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                                                    Dobbie brace stings Hornets Stephen Dobbie's double cemented Blackpool's place in the npower Championship play-off spots and halted Watford's recent surge up the table.

                                                    The striker took his tally to four goals in two starts since rejoining Blackpool on loan from Swansea with a fine individual strike and a penalty.

                                                    There seemed little danger when Dobbie picked up the ball midway through the first half but he opened the scoring with a superb, jinking run into the penalty area and a neat finish.

                                                    And in the second half Dobbie, who scored twice in last week's 3-0 win over Southampton, sealed Blackpool's victory from the spot after Thomas Ince was brought down by Tomasz Kuszczak.

                                                    The defeat brought an end to Watford's seven-match unbeaten run which had raised hopes of gatecrashing the play-offs at Vicarage Road.

                                                    Blackpool came close to finding the net after just five minutes but were thwarted by Kuszczak.

                                                    Ince's shot deflected off Martin Taylor but the on-loan Manchester United keeper got a hand to the ball and then scrambled back to scoop it off the line.

                                                    Watford had their chances in the early stages as well, with Sean Murray volleying over and Chris Iwelumo heading wide.

                                                    But it was the visitors who went ahead after 25 minutes thanks to Dobbie's superb piece of skill.

                                                    The Scot collected the ball 30 yards out and carved his way into the penalty area, tip-toeing his way past the entire Watford defence before coolly stabbing the ball past Kuszczak.

                                                    The Hornets attempted to hit back before half-time but Matt Gilks saved from Troy Deeney's header and John Eustace drove wide.

                                                    After the interval Watford winger Mark Yeates attempted to replicate Dobbie's effort when he side-stepped a couple of challenges in the Seasiders' penalty area but his run was blocked by Ian Evatt.

                                                    Blackpool were forced to make a change on the hour when Gary Taylor-Fletcher suffered an injury and had to be replaced by Barry Ferguson.

                                                    Ince had a chance to double their advantage when Neal Eardley crossed from the right but the midfielder was way off target with his volley.

                                                    At the other end Eustace tried a cheeky lob with Gilks having wandered off his line but the ball drifted wide.

                                                    Instead, Blackpool grabbed the killer second after 70 minutes when Matt Phillips played in Ince, who was tripped as he tried to round Kuszczak.

                                                    Team Line-ups

                                                    WatfordRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Substitution Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Rating
                                                    35 Tomasz Kuszczak
                                                    12 Lloyd Doyley
                                                    5 Martin Taylor
                                                    33 Nyron Nosworthy
                                                    3 Carl Dickinson
                                                    4 John Eustace
                                                    7 Mark Yeates(sub 69)
                                                    22 Sean Murray(sub 71)
                                                    32 Jonathan Hogg
                                                    9 Troy Deeney
                                                    10 Chris Iwelumo
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    1 Scott Loach
                                                    17 Dale Bennett
                                                    19 Prince Buaben(sub 71)
                                                    25 Joe Garner
                                                    26 Britt Assombalonga(sub 69)
                                                    BlackpoolRating
                                                    Player rating out of ten Player name Did they score? Player's disciplinary record Substitution Rating
                                                    1 Matthew Gilks
                                                    5 Neal Eardley
                                                    6 Ian Evatt
                                                    15 Alex Baptiste
                                                    33 Robert Harris
                                                    7 Stephen Dobbie(sub 83) Goal
                                                    4 Keith Southern
                                                    31 Martinez Angel
                                                    12 Gary Taylor-Fletcher(sub 58)
                                                    23 Matt Phillips(sub 71)
                                                    36 Thomas Ince
                                                    Substitutes
                                                    3 Stephen Crainey
                                                    10 Brett Ormerod(sub 83)
                                                    14 Ludovic Sylvestre
                                                    16 Barry Ferguson(sub 58)
                                                    38 Lomana Tresor LuaLua(sub 71)

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