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Match Report : 21/04/2014

21 April 2014

Report: Brighton 1 Blackpool 1

Stephen Dobbie returned to his old stomping ground to register his Goal of the Season contender, and earn Blackpool a valuable point at Brighton & Hove Albion.

The Seasiders remain in the relegation zone, but put in a resolute performance against the play-off-chasing Seagulls.

Dale Stephen's fine strike had the hosts in front moments after the break, but Dobbie's cracker was equally as impressive, if not better.

Both sides had chances to win the contest, but the point could prove crucial in the grand scheme of things for The Seasiders

It was Pool who started the started the better side, with Isaiah Osbourne's daisy cutter being deflected wide, before the resulting corner kick came to nothing.

At the other end Kazenga LuaLua flashed a shot wide for the hosts. There'd been little to choose between the two sides during the opening 15 minutes, as Jesse Lingard shot wide for Albion.
Stephens then shot straight at Matt Gilks, and Dobbie tested Tomasz Kuszczak on his return to The Amex.

On 39 minutes Brighton wasted the best chance of the half so far, when Leonardo Ulloa powerfully headed Stephens' corner over the bar.

At the other end The Seasiders manufactured a fine chance of their own, but after Neal Bishop had won back possession, Dobbie side-stepped a challenge, before dragging his effort across goal and wide.

A comical bounce-up situation closed the curtain on the first half, as the two sides went in level.

Half Time: Brighton 0 Blackpool 0

After a promising first half all Blackpool's good work appeared to be wasted seconds into the second period, as the hosts edged ahead. Stephens picked up on a loose ball and from the edge of the area bent a stunning effort into the top corner.

However Barry Ferguson's men responded in the best possible way. Dobbie played a quick one-two with Andy Keogh, looked up to pick his spot, and bent in a scorching strike into the top corner to haul Pool level.

The Seasiders then made their first change, with Chris Basham being replaced by Faris Haroun. 

Dobbie clearly had the taste for it on his return to Brighton, and despite heckles from the home fans, he drilled another long-range effort over the bar.

Lingard then shot wide for the hosts, as the game continued to open up, with the impressive Dobbie drilling a low free-kick into the arms of Kuszczak.

With 15 minutes remaining Blackpool made a double substitution, with Osbourne and Keogh being replaced by Angel Martinez and David Goodwillie.

Pool were now starting to cling on however, and with three minutes left substitute Will Buckley bent an effort over when well-placed on the edge of the area.

At the other end Dobbie continued to be everywhere for Pool, as he hit a left footed effort at Kuszczak, before the board went up for five minutes of added time.

Moments later Pool could breathe again, as Craig Mackail-Smith's overhead-kick fell into the hands of Gilks.

That proved to be the fine chance of note, as Blackpool held on for a point which could prove crucial in the grand scheme of things.

Full Time: Brighton 1 Blackpool 1

By Mark Ridgway

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