FT: Fulham 3 Blackpool 0
Bobby Zamora’s brace helped Fulham secure a deserved victory over Blackpool and edged the Cottagers closer to Barclays Premier League safety.
The 30-year-old striker had been a doubt due to illness in the build-up but made his mark with a first-half double in west London.
Zamora smashed home a 23rd-minute opener after a wayward James Beattie pass for his first goal since August, also against Blackpool, and did not have to wait long for his second as he nodded in a Damien Duff free-kick five minutes later.
Dickson Etuhu wrapped up the points in the 72nd minute, tapping home from close range to secure Fulham’s fifth home win in six matches.
Having earlier taken off Zamora, the third goal allowed manager Hughes to replace Murphy with Sidwell – making his first appearance since February.
Duff also departed soon after to be replaced by Simon Davies, before Aaron Hughes and substitute Kornilenko clashed heads on the halfway line.
While the players received treatment, fans were treated to a Jackson tribute by a fan in the stands in what proved to be the last notable moment of entertainment in the match.
Hughes was forced off in stoppage time following the clash with Kornilenko, but it was not enough to take the shine off the Cottagers’ performance.