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Match Report : 15/03/2014

15 March 2014

Report: Leicester 3 Blackpool 1

Blackpool can hold their heads up high after they put in a fine shift at the King Power Stadium, but were finally beaten by Leicester, who continue to seemingly cruise to promotion.

The Seasiders stunned their hosts and had led at the break. Having soaked up all of City's pressure, David Goodwillie capitalised on a defensive error to fire his side ahead.

Pool held out for as long as they could, but were left deflated by a stunner from Riyad Mahrez, which hauled The Foxes level.

From there Blackpool tired, as Wes Morgan and Kevin Phillips won in for the hosts with late strikes.

Barry Ferguson had made one change to his side, bringing in Jack Robinson for Ricardo Fuller.

But Inevitably it was the promotion chasers who started the better, and they came close early on when Anthony Knockaert fired into the side netting.

Top scorer David Nugent then dragged an effort wide, before Jamie Vardy had a strike chalked off for offside.

However with 17 minutes gone the best chance fell to Blackpool, as Neal Bishop met Andy Halliday's corner, but his header was poor and dropped wide.

The whole of the King Power Stadium were in raptures on 32 minutes, before they realised that Vardy's effort had hit the side netting, rather than the bottom corner. 

And the former-Fleetwood striker should have scored soon after when he broke clean through, but his effort was dragged off target.

Blackpool then punished the hosts for their wastefulness as they snuck ahead minutes before the break.

Robinson's long throw caused pandemonium inside the Leicester box, and when Kasper Schmeichel failed to connect, Goodwillie was on hand to slam into an empty net.

That put The Seasiders ahead at the break, after they'd soaked up plenty of City pressure.

Half Time: Leicester 0 Blackpool 1

It was the goal scorer who could have doubled Blackpool's lead soon after the break, but when connecting with Halliday's cross, Goodwillie could only stab wide.

The Seasiders had started the second half well, and came close when Halliday bent an effort narrowly wide of Schmeichel's goal.

However the home side eventually justified their league position with a goal of the highest class to level.

Mahrez side stepped Bishop's challenge, before firing an unstoppable drive, which swerved away from Matt Gilks and into the net.

Ferguson then freshened up his attacking options, bringing on Fuller in place of Goodwillie.

Pool had to rely on their goalkeeper soon after, as Gilks was at full stretch to keep out Nugent's goal-bound header. 

Isaiah Osbourne and Stephen Dobbie were then brought on for The Seasiders, who were nearly beaten by a former favoruite.

Substitute Gary Taylor-Fletcher broke through, but his effort was deflected wide, before Gilks kept out Matty James' header at full stretch.

However The Foxes made their pressure count with eight minutes remaining, when Morgan nodded home Mahrez's cross at the back post.

And the hosts added a third to seal their win, but it was harsh on Pool, as former striker Phillips fired into the top corner.

Philips had a further chance to rubber stamp the victory, but fired over, before Gilks denied Danny Drinkwater.

In the end The Seasiders were beaten, but had put in a fine shift and can be proud.

Full Time: Leicester 3 Blackpool 1 

By Mark Ridgway

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