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Kim Bo-kyung and Harry Maguire scored their first goals for Wigan in a vital 3-1 victory at fellow Championship strugglers Blackpool.
South Korea international Kim, who joined from Cardiff earlier in February, opened his Latics account just before the break and centre-back Maguire, on loan from Hull, added a second midway through the second half.
Winger James McClean then sealed the visitors' victory late on to leave Blackpool - who scored a late consolation through Gary Madine - routed to the bottom of the table, 15 points from safety.
I can't believe anyone is still here at Bloomfield Road. Another embarrassing, shameful and heartbreaking game to watch.
At Bloomfield Rd for the basement battle! Hoping there will be goals. Neither team prolific but both poor defensively http://t.co/RXkdbzBSYk
Championship strugglers Blackpool have begun trying to rectify the desperate state of their pitch.
The Lancashire outfit have been criticised by players, managers and fans from other clubs who have had to play on the visibly poor surface.
Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka said the state of the pitch was disrespectful to the other clubs.
Remedial pitch work is underway to improve the Bloomfield Road playing surface.
The club recently consulted the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and arranged for the organisation to survey the current condition of the pitch.
After discussions between Blackpool FC ground staff and the IOG, a process of remedial work - to include verti-draining and reseeding - will take place prior to the club's next home fixture against Wigan Athletic on Saturday 28 February.
The current pitch will then be completely ripped up in the off-season, ahead of the 2015/16 campaign.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has hit out at Blackpool for their state of their Bloomfield Road pitch.
The Basque saw his side win 2-1 at Blackpool on Tuesday night, but was highly critical of the playing surface, blaming it for two injuries.
“It’s unbelievable, the pitch wasn't good enough and it’s a lack of respect for everyone who pays to come,” Karanka explained.
“It’s a lack of respect to the Middlesbrough fans who travelled, to those others who travel here, and more so to the home fans who come here regularly to watch football and want to be entertained.
“I said I was concerned with injuries and there were two, Dani Ayala and one of their players. They all have problems with their backs or legs.
“I can’t understand why a pitch like this is allowed in the Championship.”
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Blackpool's owners, the Oyston family, are seeking £150,000 in damages from a club fans forum after launching a libel case against the website.
The papers were served last week in relation to six derogatory comments on the Back Henry Street forum.
A statement on the forum read: “To clear up any rumours, on Thursday 5 February 2015, Back Henry Street was served papers from the court, relating to the Oystons’ and Blackpool Football Club’s intent to seek damages for six allegedly defamatory comments made on the site in 2014, limited collectively at £150,000.
“For obvious reasons, we can not go into any more detail at this time. Thank you for your continued support.”
The forum are looking for help to fight the legal case, they said: "A message board is perhaps the greatest bastion of free speech and that is a right that can never be threatened. It is not down to just one person to fight the Oystons, it is our collective duty.”
Blackpool are looking to tie up a few deals for players on deadline day, which would means they have registered more than 50 this season.
Former Crystal Palace striker Andy Johnson is reportedly heading to Bloomfield Road, where he will be joined by Khaleem Hyland, who will be players 51 and 52 registered by the club since the start of the campaign.
Blackpool want to terminate the loan for first-choice goalkeeper Joe Lewis to avoid triggering a clause that means they will have to sign him permanently.
Lewis, who is currently on loan from Cardiff City, has been one of the Championship's bottom club's better performers this season, but was left out for the weekend's 7-2 defeat to Watford, and Blackpool have since asked the Welsh club to terminate the loan, report the Blackpool Gazette.
It is thought Blackpool will be obliged to sign the former Peterborough man for £40,000 if he plays 40 matches.
After being on the bench on Saturday, Lewis has not trained with the club, due to the limbo the current situation has left him in.
Lee Clark says he was embarrassed to see his Blackpool lose 7-2 at Watford on Saturday.
The Championship's bottom club were leading by two goals at half-time, but succumbed to another desperate defeat.
"At ten to four it was looking fantastic. At ten to five it was embarrassing," Clark said. "We’re deeply embarrassed by that second-half. To concede seven goals in any game, never mind a half, is very disappointing and frustrating.
"You just can’t play like we did in the second-half, at any level. We’ll take all the flack that is going to come our way in the next few days, and rightly so."
Watford 3 Blackpool 2
53: Incredible turn-around from #watfordfc! Ighalo scores his second from an angle, cutting it back across Parish. Deeney with the assist.
...and now it's four.