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Match Report : 29/03/2014

29 March 2014

Report: QPR 1 Blackpool 1

Blackpool earned a creditable point away from home at QPR - a result which could have significant impact at both ends of the table.

David Goodwillie's scrambled goal from Andy Halliday's corner won't win the Goal of the Season award, but was valuable to The Seasiders.

QPR huffed and puffed, and finally levelled thanks to Junior Hoilett's well-taken strike, but that was the only down-side of another encouraging Pool performance.

It was a second away point under Barry Ferguson, and could have been all three had Tom Barkhuizen not sliced wide after powering his way through late on.

Pre-match Ferguson handed Apostolos Vellios his Blackpool debut and he was partnered with the returning Goodwillie.

And with the first chance of the game Blackpool went ahead, ten minutes in. Halliday's in-swinging corner was flicked on at the near post by Chris Basham, which allowed Goodwillie to nod home the opener from a matter of yards out.

The Seasiders had stunned their hosts, as Halliday fired over, whilst at the other end Ravel Morrison twisted and turned Blackpool's defence inside out, but saw his effort blocked by Craig Cathcart.

The opening 30 minutes saw little in the way of chances aside from the goal, as Pool continued to stifle their hosts' forward play.

In fact Blackpool could have doubled their lead on 37 minutes as Basham sent Goodwillie scampering down the left, but the striker's curling effort went wide.

For The Rs Karl Henry dragged an effort off target as their frustration continued, before Matt Gilks pushed Danny Simpson's header away from danger.

QPR's first half was summed up pretty well by Benoit Assou-Ekotto's wayward shot, as Blackpool went in ahead.

Half Time: QPR 0 Blackpool 1

Soon after the restart substitute Hoilett shot wide twice in quick succession as QPR looked for a quick route back into the game.

Morrison then let fly, but his strike was comfortably held by Gilks as Neal Bishop replaced Basham, who was on a yellow card.

Blackpool's Jack Robinson then found the side netting, before Hoilett dragged an effort wide for the hosts.

With 25 minutes remaining Barkhuizen replaced Vellios for Pool, whilst Modibo Maiga cleared Gilks' crossbar with a long-range effort.

However QPR finally drew level on 78 minutes when Hoilett let fly from the edge of the box and found Gilks' bottom corner.

The goal sparked Blackpool to make their third and final change, as Angel Martinez replaced Halliday.

Morrison was next to sting the palms of Gilks, before Barkhuizen broke down the left, cut inside, but sliced his effort horribly off target.

The Seasiders fancied themselves for a late winner, next David Perkins flashed an effort narrowly over, as Pool claimed a solid point.

Full Time: QPR 1 Blackpool 1

By Mark Ridgway

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