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Match Report : 28/12/2014

28 December 2014

Report: Blackpool 1 Rotherham 1

2014 ended with a rare bright spark as Dom Telford came off the bench to rescue Blackpool a point on his home debut for the club.
The striker was rewarded for his goalscoring form in the youth team, and poked home the equaliser against Rotherham United with six minutes left.
The euphoric moment cancelled out Emmanuel Ledesma's strike for The Millers, who had enjoyed the better of the chances.
And the hosts were also grateful to their goalkeeper Joe Lewis, who capped a fine individual performance by saving Tom Lawrence's first-half penalty.
The visitors settled quicker on the seaside, and after Ledesma's free-kick was kept out by Lewis, Jonson Clarke-Harris scrambled an effort off target, before the linesman's flag saved his blushes.
It was thanks to Lewis that The Millers continued to be kept at bay early on, with the stopper at full-stretch to keep out Lawrence's bending strike, before calming a goal mouth scramble soon after.
The goalkeeper was keeping Rotherham out on his own, and produced another stunning save to push Lee Frecklington's effort away from danger.
On 16 minutes The Millers were given a golden opportunity to take the lead, as Lawrence hurdled Tony McMahon's challenge in the area and the referee pointed to the spot.
However unlike on Boxing Day The Seasiders will feel justice was done, as Lewis strengthened his impressive performance further by leaping to his left and keeping out Lawrence's spot-kick.
The save lifted Bloomfield Road, and Jacob Murphy ran straight up the other end to shoot straight at Adam Collin. Blackpool were then forced into a change, with David Perkins being replaced by Andrea Orlandi.
After a frantic start proceedings calmed at Bloomfield Road, with Ledesma's cross-shot causing a few nervy moments. It was still the visitors dominating however, and after scoring against Blackpool last month, Jordan Bowery then struck the inside of the post.
Richard Smallwood also threatened with a low drive, but again Lewis kept up with the theme of the first half and denied the midfielder.
Half Time: Blackpool 0 Rotherham 0
Lee Clark's team talk had clearly done the job momentarily, as Blackpool started the second half much improved. First Jamie O'Hara's effort was palmed into the path of Delfouneso, who tucked home before realising the flag was up.
Next it was Orlandi's turned to come close, after twisting and turning the Spaniard saw his poked effort come back off the post, but it was The Millers who eventually broke the deadlock with the next attack.
Ledesma turned past Charles Dunne before firing a low effort out of Lewis' reach, making it 1-0 to the visitors.
Clark responded by handing Telford a home debut, with Chris Eagles making way, before his youth team counterpart Mark Waddington followed in place of Jacob Mellis.
With ten minutes remaining Orlandi drilled an effort over the bar, but the equaliser was just around the corner for The Seasiders.
A reward for sheer persistence, Telford got exactly what he deserved after wriggling his way through and then poking home underneath Adam Collin.
It was joy for the striker, but there was to be no further twist and Blackpool were forced to settle for a point.
Full Time: Blackpool 1 Rotherham 1
By Mark Ridgway

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