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Match Report : 20/09/2014

20 September 2014

Report: Brighton 0 Blackpool 0

For the second season running Blackpool picked up a creditable point at Brighton, despite playing over ten minutes a man short.

An uninspiring event, which won't live long in the memory of those present at The Amex, saw Blackpool defend resolutely throughout.

Jeffrey Rentmeister's injury left the visitors a man light with all three subs having been used, but they showed tremendous character late on.

Joe Lewis again impressed between the sticks and helped his side to a second point, and clean sheet, of the season.

Buoyed by a vocal Amex Stadium, the hosts should have led after less than a minute. Adrian Colunga was sent scampering clear, but his tame effort fell into the hands of Lewis.

Blackpool's response was a wild effort from Ishmael Miller, which flew over the bar and summed up an unproductive opening 15 minutes from the both sides.

The Seasiders, in their new black third kit, did begin to settle from there, and Tomasz Cywka tested David Stockdale with a low drive.

The side-netting saved the visitors just after the half-hour mark, as Joe Bennett's free-kick had much of those inside The Amex on their feet momentarily, but it curled the wrong side of the post.
An individual error from John Lundstram then had Blackpool in trouble, but Andrew Crofts wasted the opportunity by firing over Lewis' goal.

It summed up an uneventful half, which came to an end with the two sides level.

Half Time: Brighton 0 Blackpool 0

In a bid to alter the game, manager José Riga introduced Sergei Zenjov for the second half, taking off Tomasz Cywka.

After the interval Pool looked shaky, and Lewis needed two attempts to get hold of Bruno Saltor's effort, while Miller drilled a strike wide for Riga's side.

Blackpool's stopper was much more convincing moments later, showing fine agility to push away Danny Holla's stinging volley with one hand.

The visitors rode the storm which inevitably followed, before Nile Ranger replaced Edu Oriol.

Lewis was continuing to impress in the Blackpool goal however, as he pushed Holla's free-kick to safety.

A series of crucial blocks from Joan Oriol and Rentmeister then kept Blackpool level, but in the final third they continued to lack ideas.

That was until Miller capitalised on a defensive slip and ran in on goal, but the striker attempted to slot his strike underneath Stockdale, and saw the home stopper foil him.

For the final ten minutes Riga replaced John Lundstram with Francois Zoko, but seconds later was hit with a huge disappointment.

Rentmeister came off second-best from a challenge with Craig Mackail-Smith, and the Belgian could no longer continue, so with all three subs used Blackpool were forced to play the final seven minutes with ten men.

The injury meant Zoko slotted in a right-back and McMahon moved central, as Kazenga LuaLua fired over for The Seagulls.

Blackpool's character began to shine through from there, and they were relieved to see Paddy McCourt's effort bend wide.

A series of corners followed for the home side, as Blackpool's defence held firm, and when they didn't Lewis was on hand to save another McCourt effort.

It was the last chance of the encounter, as Blackpool returned north with a hard-earned point.

Full Time: Brighton 0 Blackpool 0

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