Report: Millwall 2 Blackpool 1Blackpool showed signs of producing a dramatic late fight-back at Millwall, but it proved all in vain as they fell to another defeat on Saturday.
Nile Ranger’s first goal for the club had given the visitors hope midway through the second half, but Millwall’s two goals either side of the break were the difference.
Scott McDonald gave The Lions a lead which Scott Malone doubled, as Ian Holloway’s men prevailed.
Pool again showed promise, but have now suffered defeat in all of their opening five league games.
Blackpool, in their white changed strip, started on the back foot, but after soaking up the early pressure they thought they’d taken the lead on 13 minutes.
Francois Zoko fed Nathan Delfouneso down the left, but the striker was adjudged to have fouled his marker, before squaring for Ishmael Miller to slide home.
The hosts still looked the more likely however, and David Perkins had to do well to atone from his earlier error and block Martyn Woolford’s effort.
McDonald was next to try his luck, but dragged wide at the near post. And the same man was getting closer, on 27 minutes he then fired straight at Joe Lewis.
At the other end the dangerous Andrea Orlandi forced David Forde into a low save on his left-hand side, but Donervon Daniels failed to connect with the following corner.
However, history repeated itself once again and Blackpool fell behind around the half-hour mark. A clever free-kick routine found McDonald in space, and he stroked the ball past Lewis from ten yards out.
The Seasiders should have levelled minutes later however, John Lundstram’s corner found Orlandi at the back-post, but the midfielder miss-fired when in space.
Appeals for a Blackpool penalty were then turned away, as Miller hit the deck.
Orlandi then whipped a delightful free-kick in for Daniels, who couldn’t connect properly, as the two sides went in for half-time.
Half Time: Millwall 1 Blackpool 0
After the break Millwall went about doubling their lead, and came close when Shaun Williams tested Lewis from long-range.
But that was only the warning sign for Pool, and it two moments later. McDonald wriggled past Perkins inside the Blackpool box, before firing across goal for Malone to smash home from close range.
Straight away Blackpool had a golden chance to get themselves back into the game, but Delfouneso’s tame header was held by Forde.
Mark Beevers then headed over for The Lions, as Ranger replaced Delfouneso.
Steven Davies was next to follow in place of Miller, and Blackpool finally hauled themselves back into the game with 19 minutes remaining.
Zoko broke with pace and played in Ranger, who took a touch to take it onto his right foot, before burying his effort into the bottom corner.
The striker now had the bit between his teeth, and his lung-bursting run was followed up with Davies firing over at the near-post.
José Riga then made his final change, taking off Lundstram for Edu Oriol.
Much of the ground thought The Seasiders had drawn level with five minutes remaining, but Zoko’s blasted effort hit the side netting only.
As the board went up for four minutes added on Davies was frustrated by Forde, but that proved the last chance of the contest and Blackpool were beaten again.
Full Time: Millwall 2 Blackpool 1
By Mark Ridgway