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10 November 2017

Fixture | Blackpool vs Portsmouth – Date | 11 November 2017 – Venue | Bloomfield Road

Blackpool will aim to get back on track in Sky Bet League One when Portsmouth visit Bloomfield Road tomorrow, kick-off 3pm. 

The Seasiders, who sit 12th in the division with a game in hand, have gone two weeks without a league fixture due to participation in the Checkatrade Trophy and Emirates FA Cup.  

Last Time Out: 

Blackpool exited the Emirates FA Cup last weekend with a 2-1 defeat at Boreham Wood. Danny Philliskirk was on target for The Seasiders with his third goal in two matches.

Portsmouth's FA Cup campaign also came to an end away to Luton Town, with The Hatters recording a 1-0 win.     

Team News: 

Blackpool will be boosted by the return of Curtis Tilt, who missed last weekend's match at Boreham Wood due to suspension. Colin Daniel is also expected to be available again after recovering from injury. The Seasiders will also assess Kyle Vassell's fitness, with the striker yet to feature this month due to a hamstring problem. Clark Robertson (foot) and Mark Cullen (hamstring) remain on the sidelines. 

Portsmouth Brett Pitman has come through training ahead of the game, with the striker shaking off a knock to his knee. Milan Lalkovic will miss out, however, with a recurrence of an Achilles problem. 

Match Betting Odds: 

Blackpool Win - 2/1
Draw - 23/10
Portsmouth Win - 11/8

Remembrance Activity:

The club will be marking Armsitice Day with a period of silence, The Last Post and an epitaph prior to kick-off tomorrow. Veterans will lead out both clubs and the players will be wearing poppy shirts. 

Supporters will be kindly asked to join us in remembering the fallen. 

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

Bradford City vs Plymouth Argyle
Doncaster Rovers vs Rotherham United
Gillingham vs Bury
MK Dons vs Fleetwood Town
Oxford United vs Northampton Town
Scunthorpe United vs Bristol Rovers

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Report: Blackpool 2 Portsmouth 3

Late Pitman Goal Secures Victory For Opposition

11 November 2017

Two goals from Brett Pitman helped Portsmouth edge out Blackpool 3-2 at Bloomfield Road this afternoon.

Despite The Seasiders fighting back on two occasions, Pitman was left unmarked to head in his second and ultimately win the three points for Kenny Jackett’s side.

Manager Gary Bowyer made three changes to the side that was knocked out of the FA Cup, with Curtis Tilt and Colin Daniel returning from suspension and injury, respectively. Viv Solomon-Otabor was the other player in the starting line-up.

After the reading of an epitaph and an impeccably observed silence while the Last Post was played, the game got underway with both sides looking to set a marker down early.

It took until the ninth minute for the first chance of the game to be registered and it was a great one for Viv Solomon-Otabor. The winger was left unmarked from a free-kick but he was unable to keep his shot down.

At the other end, Curtis Tilt was quick to read a Portsmouth counter attack and rushed out of position to charge down a strike from Jamal Lowe.

Solomon-Otabor continued to see plenty of the ball for Blackpool and watched his teasing cross just evade the supporting Danny Philliskirk.

A couple of inswinging corners tested the Blackpool defence, however The Seasiders dealt with the threats well.

A well-worked Blackpool attack resulted in Jay Spearing’s cut-back being cleared, while quick thinking from Portsmouth goalkeeper Luke McGee denied Nathan Delfouneso a clean run on goal prior to the interval.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Portsmouth 0

The visitors started the second-half immediately on the front foot and caused a bit of panic with a goalmouth scramble, though Blackpool threw themselves at shots to keep the ball out of the net.

Solomon-Otabor went close for The Seasiders when he cut infield and iunleashed a 20-yard drive, but his strike went just wide of the post.

It was Portsmouth who eventually broke the deadlock in the 52nd minute, as Brett Pitman reacted quickest to tuck in a rebound. Ryan Allsop had previously done well to deny Kyle Bennett.

Blackpool pushed to try and get back on level terms, though clear-cut opportunities were proving to be at a premium.

The visitors almost had a great opportunity to score a second when a defensive mistake was pounced upon, but Curtis Tilt made amends in a two-on-one situation.

Looking a threat from corners all afternoon, Portsmouth almost conjured a second goal when Christian Burgess met a teasing delivery. Luckily for The Seasiders, the defender’s header fell wide of the post.

Gary Bowyer opted to introduce new signing Dolly Menga for his debut in the 70th minute and the winger had an immediate impact. He received the ball from Nathan Delfouneso out wide and sent in a teasing delivery that was finished off by Solomon-Otabor.

Parity didn’t last long for Blackpool though, as Portsmouth were back in front six minutes later. Ryan Allsop pulled off another fine save to deny Brett Pitman, yet his clearance fell straight into the path of Ben Close, who made no mistake with the finish.

Blackpool weren’t to be outdone though and found themselves level again three minutes later when Oliver Hawkins headed a cross past his own goalkeeper.

The last 15 minutes of the game was fast becoming a real flurry of activity, and that continued in the 86th minute when Pitman was left unmarked to score his second and Portsmouth’s third with a header.

It proved to be the final bit of decisive action, as the visitors held on for all three points.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Portsmouth 3   

 

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