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Blackpool overcome nine-man West Brom

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam celebrates putting Blackpool ahead in their 2-1 victory over West Bromwich.
Blackpool captain Charlie Adam celebrates putting Blackpool ahead in their 2-1 victory over West Bromwich.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • West Bromwich Albion miss out on moving up to fourth in the Premier League
  • They have two men sent off in a 2-1 defeat at fellow-new boys Blackpool
  • The result sees Albion stay sixth while Blackpool move up to ninth place
  • Real Mallorca up to seventh position in La Liga after a 2-1 victory over Levante
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(CNN) -- West Bromwich Albion missed out on moving up to fourth place in the English Premier League, after having two men sent off in a narrow 2-1 defeat at fellow-new boys Blackpool.

Roberto di Matteo's Albion side have been a revelation this season, with a win at Arsenal and a draw at Manchester United already under their belts.

However, they were always up against it on a wet night on England's north-west coast once Spanish defender Pablo Ibanez was sent off in the 11th-minute for denying striker DJ Campbell a goal-scoring opportunity in the penalty area.

Blackpool captain Charlie Adam scored the resulting spot-kick, although former England goalkeeper Scott Carson got both hands on his effort.

A tough task for the visitors was made even harder on the half-hour mark when Chilean defender Gonzalo Jara was shown a red card for a crude two-footed lunge on Luke Varney near the corner flag.

And it was Varney who appeared to make the game safe for the home side in the 63rd-minute when slotting home Elliot Grandin's cross from close range.

However, Albion finished the match strongly and pulled a consolation goal back when Youssuf Mulumbu curled home a fine individual goal with five minutes remaining.

And Irish midfielder Steven Reid nearly snatched an unlikely equalizer in the final minute when he fired over the bar from inside the area.

Both sides were tipped as relegation favorites at the start of the season but, despite the defeat, Albion remain in sixth position -- level on points with Tottenham.

Meanwhile, Blackpool's first home win of the season sees them move up to a comfortable ninth place in the table.

Elsewhere, A goal five minutes from time from Cameroon striker Pierre Webo gave Real Mallorca a 2-1 Spanish Primera Liga home win over Levante.

The result sees Mallorca move up to seventh place in the table, while Levante are fourth bottom, just one point off the drop zone.