Seasiders End Week On A High
Blackpool concluded their week in Scotland with a 1-0 victory over SPL side St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.
Trialist Jim McAlister staked a claim for a longer stay by firing home the winner four minutes before the break.
The Scot pounced on a loose ball and shot into the top corner after some patient build-up play from The Seasiders.
The victory continues Blackpool’s unbeaten start to pre-season and gave Neil McDonald further opportunity to experiment with his players and system.
Following on from a positive week at their Scottish training camp, Blackpool started well and were almost rewarded when Brad Potts ended a fine counter attack by testing Alan Mannus in the home goal.
In a game of very little goalmouth action Potts continued to look the most eager to impress, firing wide on a number of occasions for The Seasiders.
However it was through a trialist that Blackpool found the breakthrough. Some patient build-up play ended with David Ferguson swinging a cross into the box and after some hesitant defending McAlister composed himself before firing into the top corner.
Half Time: St Johnstone 0 Blackpool 1
It took St Johnstone four minutes to threaten the Pool goal after the break but Liam Craig wasted their opportunity by shooting wide.
As for The Seasiders, a burst of energy from Jack Redshaw, followed by a clever reverse pass, created an opening for Mark Cullen and the striker forced Mannus to save well down to his right.
Cullen was in the thick of the action in the second half and was denied by the post when he directed Potts’ cross onto the woodwork.
On 73 minutes Colin Doyle produced the best save of the game, getting down low to block Craig’s effort after the striker was put clean through.
The goalkeeper continued to excel during the closing stages and produced a fine double save to keep Pool ahead and the goalkeeper was rewarded as the game came to an end.
Full Time: St Johnstone 0 Blackpool 1
Team: Doyle, Aldred, Jones, Robertson, Ferguson, Rivers (Osayi-Samuel 62), McAlister (Oliver 62), Potts, Dunne (Cameron 85), Redshaw, Cullen.