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Barnsley 1-1 Blackpool

15 September 2012

Report: Barnsley 1 Blackpool 1

Thomas Ince's strike on the half-hour mark earned Ian Holloway's men a point away at Barnsley, after the Seasiders fell behind inside 15 minutes.

Blackpool went in search of the win but a host of saves late on from Barnsley's Ben Alnwick kept the game level.

The first chance of the game fell to the home side when Chris Dagnall stole a march on the Blackpool defence, but his first time effort was kept out superbly by Matt Gilks low down to his left.

The Seasiders settled soon after though and it was Kevin Phillips with the first half-chance when he found a yard of space inside the area but his effort was blocked and fell tamely into Ben Alnwick's arms.

Alex Baptiste was the next to test Alnwick when he marauded forward to hit a rasping 30-yard drive, which stung the hands of the Barnsley goalkeeper.

Just as it seemed as though the Seasiders were controlling things, Barnsley took the lead when Craig Davies was played through and his well struck effort found the back of the net from 18 yards.

GOAL: BARNSLEY 1-0 Blackpool

Shortly before the half-hour mark the lively Dagnall looked certain to get a shot away but Ian Evatt got back to put in a great challenge inside his own penalty area.

It turned out to be a vital challenge as with their next attack the Seasiders levelled things up through Thomas Ince. Angel Martinez played a defence splitting pass for the winger to run on to and he calmly finished with his left foot for his fifth goal of the campaign.

GOAL: Barnsley 1-1 BLACKPOOL

As half-time drew closer a few more half-chances fell to both sides with Stephen Foster heading wide from a free-kick for Barnsley and Neal Eardley having a shot blocked from an acute angle.

The last action of the half saw Martinez head home a cross from Eardley but he was flagged offside by the linesman and it remained level going in at the break


It was a tepid start to the second-half from both sides until Barnsley's scorer, Davies, curled a beautiful shot towards the bottom left-hand corner, only to see Gilks turn the ball away.

It was Blackpool's goalscorer who then tried to get his side in front but Ince's free-kick was blocked. Just seconds later it was the 20-year-old who received the first yellow card of the game for a block on Scott Golbourne as he attempted to break down the Barnsley left.

Kevin Phillips continued to probe for the Seasiders but when he shot with the outside of his boot it flew high over the bar.

The Blackpool number nine then tried his luck from a free-kick on the corner of the box, after Bob Harris was fouled, but his effort flew narrowly wide of the far post.

Just before entering the final 15 minutes Ince played a neat one-two with Tiago Gomes to get down to the byline but his pull-back was cut out. The clearance only went as far as the substitute, Gomes, who struck a shot hard and low, which the impressive Alnwick saved down at his near post.

Ince almost won it for the Seasiders with three minutes of the 90 remaining, but an outstanding save from Alnwick at point blank range kept the game at 1-1.

Into the 90th minute and it was the Barnsley stopper to the rescue again, this time from Baptiste whose strike looked destined for the top corner.

That was the final action of the game meaning the Seasiders were left frustrated as they headed back across the Pennines.


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