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Posted Sat 16 Jan 10 at 16:55 PM

Blackpool 2 QPR 2

A stunning 84th minute strike from Matthew Connolly meant that Blackpool were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw against Queens Park Rangers at Bloomfield Road.

Goals from Charlie Adam and Gary Taylor-Fletcher either side of an Adel Taraabt penalty looked to have sealed all three points for the Seasiders - but Connolly's effort with six minutes remaining rescued a point for the visitors.

Ian Holloway made three changes to the starting line-up for the game against the R's as Ian Evatt, Stephen Crainey and Barry Bannan all returned at the expenses of Andy Butler, Joe Martin and Ben Burgess.

It was Barry Bannan who was the first player to try for goal after six minutes but his effort landed straight in the arms of QPR goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. It was a positive start from the Seasiders, with Brett Ormerod coming within inches of heading Blackpool into the lead a minute later.

The early dominance finally told however after nine minutes when CHARLIE ADAM ghosted in unmarked at the back post to finish off a great ball by Brett Ormerod (9).


The Seasiders were now rampant and pushed forward for a second in quick succession, Gary Taylor-Fletcher's ball teeing up Brett Ormerod who fired narrowly wide.

The tempo of the game dropped somewhat for the next 15 minutes or so as chances were few and far between. The visitors started to threaten a little but were thwarted on a number of occasions by the linesman's flag.

QPR's best chance fell to Adel Taraabt on the half-hour mark, twisting and turning like a slalom skier, he unleashed a ferocious drive straight across goal. The football from Mick Harford's side was good in spells but lacked any end product.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher came so close to nodding Pool a second prior to half-time but he just couldn't reach Neal Eardley's dipping cross.


The visitors opted for a change to start the second-half and introduced Hogan Ephraim for Akos Buzsaky.

At heart in mouth moment shortly followed the change for QPR as that man again Adel Taraabt performed a couple of step-overs before seeing his strike hit both posts and come back out. Charlie Adam then blasted a strike just past the post at the other end.

QPR were then given an opportunity to level matters when Hogan Ephraim's strike was adjudged to have struck the hand of Neal Eardley in the area. Adel Taraabt stepped up and cheekily chipped the ball into the top right corner (55).


Ian Holloway's response to the equaliser was to throw Ben Burgess on in place of Barry Bannan on the hour. The change meant that Brett Ormerod would now operate on the right of an attacking three and Gary Taylor-Fletcher the left.

Some great defending from Alex Baptiste prevented Patrick Agyemang from putting the visitors ahead three minutes later, the defender just managed to knock the ball away and over the crossbar.

The game was now becoming stretched as both sides pressed for a winner - and it was the Seasiders who looked to have got it. A clearing defensive header from Kaspars Gorkss fell to Keith Southern on the edge of the area and the midfielder's effort got the deftest of touches from GARY TAYLOR-FLETCHER to restore Blackpool's lead (78).


The goal looked odds-on to be the winner for the Seasiders but six minutes later a dipping effort from the edge of the area by Matthew Connolly brought QPR back on level terms.


Ian Holloway once again opted to change things after the second equaliser and threw on Jason Euell and Daniel Nardiello in the places of David Vaughan and Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

A late surge couldn't find a winner though as the Seasiders were forced to settle for a point.


Attendance: 7,600 (459 away)

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