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Posted Tue 29 Sep 09 at 21:39 PM

Seasiders Go Down 2-0 At Ashton Gate

Bristol City have been struggling of late but the hosts were good value for their win on Tuesday night. The Robins set off like a train and dominated for long periods in the opening twenty or so minutes, Cole Skusehad a shot saved by Rachubka on four minutes, Sno was denied by Rachubka six minutes later whilst the highly rated Marvin Elliott saw an effort well saved by the buy Pool keeper on 14 minutes.

Pool had yet to test Basso in the Bristol City goal when Nicky Maynard squandered a fantastic chance, the miss was definitely one that will feature on the Christmas blooper DVDs in years to come, Alvaro Saborio drew Rachubka off his line before sliding across to his strike partner and with everyon expecting the Robins to take the lead Maynard's finish somehow ended up rebounding off the advertising hoardings behind the goal.

In a rare foray forward Ben Burgess headed over a Bouazza cross, but it wasn't too long before Bristol City's dominance was rewarded, Charlie Adam failed to head clear the danger, the ball rebounded off a Pool man straight to NICKY MAYNARD and this time the striker acrobatically crashed it past Rachubka.

The half hour mark saw Charlie Adam curl a free kick wide but Pool were guilty of conceding possession too easily as the hosts continued to dominate, Alvaro Saborio and Evander Sno were constant threats to the Pool defence, but The Seasiders finally tested Adriano Basso eight minutes before the break, Jason Euell's deep cross was met by Ben Burgess, the big striker powered a header goalwards forcing Basso to turn over for a corner.

Two minutes later Charlie Adam at the near post headed Pool's second corner of the evening wide as Pool began to enjoy their best period of the game.

Ben Burgess headed just wide whilst David Vaughan who is expected to be recalled by Wales for their World Cup qualifiers fired just wide from the edge of the area five minutes before the break.

Keith Southern was unlucky not have put Pool back on level terms moments later, Neal Eardley floated a great cross to Ben Burgess who expertly chested into the path of Southern and Pool's tough tackling midfielder volleyed just wide with Basso scrambling.

Jason Euell saw a snap shot deflected behind for a corner as Pool looked to steal an equaliser before the break, Elliott was content to nod that corner behind for another corner but the hosts defence stood firm and cleared their lines from the next Pool set play and the Seasiders went in one down at the break.

Half Time Bristol City 1 Blackpool 0

The second period opened up a more even contest, however, Nicky Maynard did have two chances, the first was blocked by Alex Baptiste, the second whistled just wide on 50 minutes.

Charlie Adam picked up his fourth booking of the season five minutes later when he kicked away the ball in frustration after he was adjudged to be offside.

Hameur Bouazza showed his quality and threat on 56 minutes when he beat two men before firing just over from the edge of the area.

Pool were left to rue their missed chances when Bristol City substituted DANNY HAYNES doubled the hosts lead on 57 minutes, the former Ipswich man crashed an unstoppable finish from the edge of the area.

Paul Rachubka denied Marvin Elliott and Bristol City a third goal when he tripped round Elliott's sweetly struck effort.

Prior to taking the resulting corner Pool made a triple change with Brett Ormerod, Billy Clarke and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas replacing Hameur Bouazza, Charlie Adam and Ben Burgess.

Danny Haynes fired a shot just wide on 64 minutes whilst Saborio missed his kick when he was through on goal.

At the other end Jay Emmanuel-Thomas flashed one just wide with 20 minutes remaining whilst Jason Euell saw a shot blocked after a surging run forward.

With Bristol City content to let Pool come on to them the lively Billy Clarke curled one just wide and Keith Southern saw a shot blocked as Pool continued to ask questions of the Bristol City defence.

In stoppage time Brett Ormerod almost snatched a goal but was denied by Basso, moments later Basso produced another fine save to deny Euell.

All in all a disappointing night at the office, following the Leicester defeat Pool bounced back in fantastic fashion against Newcastle, fingers crossed that Pool can do the same at Palace on Saturday.

POOL: Rachubka, Eardley, Edwards, Baptiste, Crainey, Adam (Emmanuel-Thomas 62), Southern, Vaughan, Euell, Burgess (Calrke 62), Bouazza (Ormerod 62)Subs Not Used: Gilks, Clarke, Ormerod, Martin, Emmanuel-Thomas, Bangura, Seip

Attendance: 13,673 (347 Away)

Referee: Mr R East

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