TUESDAY NIGHT: Wednesday kiss FA Cup goodbye

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday crashed out of the FA Cup 3-0 against Blackpool in the fourth round replay at Hillsborough tonight.

Blackpool now go on to meet Everton at Goodison Park a week on Saturday.

Wednesday had been installed as the bookmakers’ favourites for the encounter, yet midfielder Matt Phillips shot home from just outside the area.

Kevin Phillips got involved again six minutes later, helping in the build up as Congolese striker Lomana LuaLua flashed in an effort to the top right corner of the goal.

Blackpool, who have been in a decent run of form - they are unbeaten since the turn of the year, claiming five victories and two draws - had a comfortable amount of possession as the half wore on.

The referee cautioned Chris Sedgwick for unsporting behaviour, but at least the Owls were now starting to ask questions of the Seasiders, who are currently lying fourth in the Championship table.

No League One side has won more games from losing positions than Wednesday this season - but this certainly looked a tall order as the sides went to their dressing rooms at half time.

Reda Johnson, who was booked in the first half and misses the next two matches (but is available for the derby,) was replaced by Jose Semedo as the second session got underway.

Frenchman Ludovick Sylvestre made it three for Blackpool on 53 minutes with an exquisite curling finish from just inside the Wednesday box past Bywater.

The goal represented the difference in class between a third and second flight club.

And it put the Seasiders, who have not qualified for the fifth round in 22 years, in an unassailable position in front of the sparse Hillsborough crowd.

Blackpool’s loan (Glasgow) Ranger John Fleck - who has been a target for Sheffield United - came on for Kevin Phillips as the visitors looked for another. Matt Phillips almost got a fourth - it was now a very long night for the home faithful.

Attendance: 10,274.


OWLS: Bywater, Otsemobor, Batth, R Jones, R Johnson, Sedgwick, Lines, Palmer, Bennett, Morrison, Lowe.

Subs: Weaver, Buxton, Semedo, Prutton, O’Grady, Beevers, Madine.

SEASIDERS: Gilks, Eardley, Wilson, Baptiste, Harris, Sylvestre, Martinez, Ince, M Phillips, LuaLua, K Phillips.

Subs: Halstead, Bruna, Taylor-Fletcher, Basham, Fleck, Djordjic.

Ref: D’Urso.

*Ring Paul Thompson’s expert assessment in Wednesday’s Star.