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Match Report : 30/09/2014

30 September 2014

Report: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

Ishmael Miller's first goal in a Blackpool shirt was enough to earn a thoroughly deserved point at Middlesbrough.

The former-Boro striker got on the end of a whipped Joan Oriol delivery, as Pool came from behind to earn a third point of the season.

Daniel Ayala had earlier headed the in-form hosts ahead, but The Seasiders were good value for their point.

It could have been all three had David Perkins not struck a post, but it was still Blackpool's best performance of the season so far.

The contest almost started catastrophically for The Seasiders, who first saw Joe Lewis deny Emmanuel Ledesma, before Lee Tomlin shot wide.

Boro named a wide-array of talent in their side, none more so than Patrick Bamford, whose header was comfortably saved by Lewis soon after.

The visitors first threatened on 18 minutes, as the recalled Edu Oriol shot straight at Dimi Konstantopoulos.

However less than 60 seconds later the hosts went ahead. A mix-up at the back for Pool allowed Ayala to nod home the opener, following a Grant Leadbitter free-kick.

Yet The Seasiders wasted no time in hauling themselves. Oriol's whipped cross was inviting for Miller, who slid in to equalise against his former club.

The equaliser had arrived out of the blue, but Pool began to grow in confidence from there, as Andrea Orlandi's speculative strike was deflected, and forced Konstantopoulos into a fine one-handed save.

But once a Blackpool attack, involving the Oriol brothers, broke down Ledesma shot wide, highlighting Middlesbrough's threat.

Blackpool were playing some good football, but lacked a slice of fortunate on 39 minutes, as Perkins' strike came back off the post, with the midfielder still looking for his first Pool goal.

It proved to be the final action, as Blackpool went in level after their best half of the season.

Half Time: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

After hobbling off at the end of the first half, José Miguel Cubero was replaced at the break with John Lundstram.

Straight after the interval a fizzing cross from Leadbitter gave Blackpool a nervous moment, but after nobody connected they survived.

On the hour mark Jacob Mellis replaced Orlandi, with Blackpool mixing things up.

Soon after Donervon Daniels produced a fine sliding tackle to deny Bamford, after some more shaky Pool defending.

Boro were enjoying a lot of possession during the second half, but were failing to turn it into clear-chances, with Tomlin seeing his shot saved by Lewis.

At the other end Tony McMahon's pin-point cross was headed over by Miller at the back post.

The striker was keen to impress on his return to The Riverside, and almost had  his second when he headed J.Oriol's centre wide of the mark.

As the game entered a crucial stage The Seasiders were continuing to turn the screw, Mellis squandered the next chance, diverting McMahon's cross over the bar.

On 80 minutes Lewis held Kike's flick at his near post, before the striker sliced a presentable opportunity wide soon after, with the visitors throwing their bodies on the line.

Blackpool still looked threatening however, and Edu Oriol then shot at Konstantopoulos.

With a minute remaining Pool took off Edu Oriol for Francois Zoko, and they did enough to earn a point.

Full Time: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 1

By Mark Ridgway

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