Blackpool down nine-man Baggies
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Blackpool's impressive start to life in the English Premier League saw them rise to ninth in the table after a 2-1 victory at home to nine-man West Bromwich Albion gave them a first top-flight win at Bloomfield Road this season on Monday evening.

Goals either side of the break from Charlie Adam and Luke Varney secured the Tangerines' victory on a rainswept night but the course of the match was all but decided when 25-year-old Michael Oliver, the Premier League's youngest referee, sent-off Baggies duo Pablo Ibanez and Gonzalo Jara inside the opening half hour.

However, a superb solo effort from West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu, who scored five minutes from time with a brilliant shot into the top corner after beating several Blackpool defenders, set up a dramatic finish. Austria international Paul Scharner then went close to an equaliser for Roberto di Matteo's side, who remained sixth despite this defeat, when he headed narrowly wide from a free-kick before Steven Reid blasted over the top.

Both sides had chances to score further goals and, in the final minute of the four added on at the end of the game, West Brom forced a corner only for Blackpool to catch them on the counter-attack. But DJ Campbell shot wide to fray Blackpool manager Ian Holloway's nerves.

Oliver's decision to show red card to Ibanez, who brought down Campbell in the box in the 11th minute, was open to interpretation as there appeared to be a covering Baggies defender in close attendance. But Oliver had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Adam scored from the ensuing penalty, despite former England goalkeeper Scott Carson getting a hand to the ball.

West Brom, like Blackpool promoted from the Championship last season, have won plaudits for their passing game this season, but there was no denying the rough nature of Jara's two-footed challenge on Varney near the corner flag that saw the Chilean defender sent off in the 29th minute.

Despite their seemingly insurmountable handicap, West Brom continued to press and there was a sense of relief among home fans when Varney turned in a cross from Elliot Grandin past Carson just after the hour mark.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said: "We are trying to learn to play at this level. I've never had that (playing against nine) as a manager before but I'm delighted we've won at home, even though we've had only four home games this season.

"That's 13 points we've got now and 13 points at this stage of the season, I'd like to say to the people who said we'd only get ten, 'you are wrong again'. We are going to improve and get better."