first_img Blackpool celebrate claiming their first win in six months against Cardiff Blackpool finally ended their six-month wait for a victory as Francois Zoko’s second-half winner moved the Seasiders off the foot of the table and gave boss Jose Riga his first victory.Zoko struck just after the hour mark to seal three points for the Seasiders for the first time since last April, 160 days ago, as they defeated managerless Cardiff 1-0 at Bloomfield Road.The Bluebirds now head into the international break in managerial limbo, with prospective boss Russell Slade present in the stands but unable to take charge until a compensation agreement is reached with his former club Leyton Orient.It was the first league defeat for joint caretakers Daniel Gabbidon and Scott Young, who had hoped to sign off with an unbeaten record.However, in what is likely to be their last match at the helm, they became the first side to be defeated by Blackpool this season on a night when their fans held several demonstrations against the club’s owners.The Seasiders fans, who forced several stoppages to a home game against Burnley in April by invading the pitch and throwing tangerines on to the turf, had earmarked this televised fixture as one to publicly protest against the club’s owners, the Oyston family.Several banners were unfurled prior to kick-off and the relentless chanting early on focused on the fanbase’s fury at the handling of the club ever since they dropped out of the top flight in 2011.That specifically-timed 53rd minute protest, a nod to the FA Cup’s ‘Stanley Matthews Final’ in 1953, saw fans pour down to the advertising hoardings – and some on to the pitch – while others exited the ground.Little did they know that the side would claim a long-awaited victory just ten minute later when the Tangerines hitting on the counter.David Perkins fed substitute Joel Dielna down the left, and he in turn found Zoko, who shuffled the ball on to his left foot before firing his first Blackpool goal past Cardiff stopper David Marshall.The Bluebirds turned to Adam Le Fondre and Federico Macheda off the bench but their many attempts to equalise were thwarted by a mixture of heroic Blackpool defending and their own poor finishing, as the hosts held out to the delight of their jubilant fans who remained in their seats. 1last_img