Report: Scunthorpe 0 Blackpool 1
Blackpool could finally savour the taste of victory for the first time this season, after the club’s long wait for an away victory came to a welcome end at Glanford Park.
The three points came courtesy of Brad Potts’ scrappy goal, his first for the club, but that won’t bother manager Neil McDonald one bit.
The midfielder met Henry Cameron's corner on 35 minutes and with the green light from the linesman, Blackpool had that crucial winning strike.
After the interval Pool defended resolutely and, thanks to a number of vital Colin Doyle saves, were celebrating three away points come full-time.
It was the hosts who started on the front foot in North Lincolnshire, but Kevin Van Veen’s effort failed to truly test the returning Doyle in the Blackpool goal.
Despite that opening, Pool were enjoying the lion’s share of the possession early on and their reward nearly arrived when Jim McAlister burst into the box but saw his low cross blocked at source.
It was Doyle remaining the busier goalkeeper however, and after Lloyd Jones missed his challenge, Paddy Madden skipped clear and rolled an effort across goal, calling the Irishman into action.
On 21 minutes Pool had their first attempt, but after Cameron set up Potts, the midfielder fired just wide of Luke Daniels’ post.
Pool were frustrating their hosts and will have been happy to watch Madden’s wayward effort fly over the crossbar, while Van Veen’s acrobatic volley also flew off target moments later.
However, like at Colchester on the opening day, when the breakthrough arrived it was Blackpool who claimed it.
Cameron won and swung in a corner which Potts met at the back post, and the midfielder’s effort, which squeezed over the line, was given by the assistant on the far side, and Pool were in front.
Four minutes from the break Tom Hopper headed at Doyle, while Potts sliced his attempt at a second well wide of the goal.
In first-half stoppage time Doyle announced his return with the save of the match, getting down low and producing a fine parried save to keep out Scott Laird’s header, before scrambling away the rebound.
And the stopper excelled further with the last opening of the half, flying through the air to deny Jack King and ensure Pool led at the break.
Half-Time: Scunthorpe 0 Blackpool 1
After the interval The Iron came out with a point to prove and Madden flashed an effort narrowly over the bar.
Soon after the hour-mark McDonald freshened up his side, with Clark Robertson and debutant David Norris replacing John Herron and Cameron.
And The Seasiders nearly gave themselves breathing space when Potts sent Mark Cullen clean through, but the striker’s effort was kept out by an impressive Daniels save.
At the other end Charlie Goode whipped an effort just over the bar, before Doyle, who remained on the pitch despite visibly struggling with cramp, kept his side ahead 11 minutes from time.
Gary McSheffrey’s cross was met by the head of Madden, but Doyle thwarted his fellow Irishman with his legs, before the striker was denied by a crucial block from Jones soon after.
Hearts were in mouths for The Seasiders when Neal Bishop went down in the box but his penalty appeals were turned away, then McSheffrey had an effort deflected over.
With a minute remaining Hakeeb Adelakun curled a strike over the bar and Darius Henderson fluffed his lines from two yards out, as the nerves began to build.
Madden wasted the final chance of the contest, shooting at Doyle, meaning Pool could finally celebrate victory.
Full-Time: Scunthorpe 0 Blackpool 1