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Youths Forced To Settle For Point

19 February 2013

Blackpool Youth Let Two-Goal Lead Slip

A first half brace from striker George Lomax looked to have set Blackpool Youth on the way to all three points on Saturday, but a late Accrington Stanley comeback meant The Seasiders had to settle for a draw.

It’s the first point John Hills' side have gained in 2013, although it could have been so much more.

With the score at 3-1 heading into the final 15 minutes, the dynamics of the game altered when Stanley were awarded a free kick on the half-way line.

The ball was pumped into the box and Kieran Wolland beat Odisseas Gardikiotis to the ball to make it 3-2.

Blackpool were dealt a further blow when Mitchell Clayton took a blow to the head in the lead up to Stanley’s second goal.

Clayton received lengthy treatment on the pitch before walking gingerly off the field.

In the time added on for Clayton’s injury, Stanley grabbed a late equaliser through Dalian Barker, following a goalmouth scramble.

John Hills was gutted not to have won the game, especially after dominating for the majority of the match.

“We were cruising at 3-1 and we took our foot off the gas a little, which I’m not happy about. We should have won easily.” Hills said.

Blackpool were on top from the first whistle and after just six minutes Lomax capitalised on a poor back pass and calmly finished to put Pool ahead.

Lomax doubled his and Blackpool’s tally after 26 minutes when he dispossessed a Stanley defender in the host’s area, before applying another simple finish to make it 2-0.

The strong start delighted Hills, who put the fine opening down to the high tempo his side created.

“We started brightly and got our first two goals from working hard and pressing high up the pitch, which forced them into mistakes.” 

Blackpool went into the interval 2-0 up, in no small part down to goalkeeper Gardikiotis.

Stanley were awarded a penalty for a push from Harrison McGahey. Defender Luke Greaves stepped up only to be denied by an excellent save from Gardikiotis. 

The Seasiders started the second half poorly and immediately found themselves in a game again. McGahey let a routine pass go under his boot, allowing striker Nathan Webb to scurry away and poke the ball past Gardikiotis to make it 2-1 straight from the restart. 

Hills was disappointed to see errors cost his side goals once more.

“I’ve explained to the lads that I don’t mind them making mistakes. But when they’re doing it week in, week out, and costing us goals, it’s not good enough. They’ve got to cut that out if they’re going to move to the next level.”

Pool responded well and restored the two goal advantage after 50 minutes. A long ball forward was headed down well by Lomax, into the path of Henry Cameron, who slotted the ball into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

It looked as though Blackpool were heading for their first three points and a much needed victory, before the late collapse. 

Although disappointed not to win, Hills was keen to take the positives out the game.

“I know I’ll look back at the video and be pleased with most of what I see. Overall it was a good performance; we got the ball down and passed it well.

“We did some bright stuff and had we got another goal at 3-1, I think we’d have gone on to score five or six.”

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