Report: Barnet 1 Blackpool 1
John Akinde struck with the last kick of the game to deny Blackpool a first away win of the season after a resilient performance from The Seasiders.
Blackpool looked on course for a creditable three points at a notoriously difficult place to go, after Mark Cullen had crashed home a terrific first goal of the season.
Gary Bowyer’s side had dealt with everything asked of them by a physical Barnet side, but just as they looked to have seen the job through, Akinde snuck in to claim his side a point.
After soaking up Barnet’s early pressure, Blackpool began to find their feet ten minutes in at The Hive and Colin Daniel had their first shot on target, with Josh Vickers comfortably catching the effort.
Predictably the hosts were proving a nuisance from set pieces and Michael Nelson’s header was tipped over the bar by Sam Slocombe, with the offside flag having his back anyway.
However, it was from the next attack where Blackpool took the lead and it was courtesy of the recalled Cullen. The striker pounded on a loose ball to crash a volley into the top corner from the edge of the box – a terrific first goal of the season.
Blackpool had their tails up and Brad Potts, who was being employed in a more central role, threatened next, with his effort forcing a save from Vickers.
The inevitable pressure followed from Barnet but Blackpool held firm, and thankfully so did the cross bar, as Alex Nicholl’s deflected effort crashed back off the woodwork.
Slocombe then needed his fingertips to turn behind an effort from target man Akinde, before his strike partner Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro headed against the outside of the post from one of many Barnet set pieces.
Half-Time: Barnet 0 Blackpool 1
Predictably after the break Barnet began to take control, but their possession stats didn’t reflect the score line, with Blackpool clearing their lines at every opportunity in the first 15 minutes of the second period.
In fact, it was Blackpool looking the more likely to strike next and a piece of individual brilliant saw Potts beat his man and run in on goal, but when the midfielder came to strike his effort cannoned off the inside of the post.
The former Carlisle United man was playing like a man on a mission and another lung-bursting run saw Vickers’ goal again come under threat, but Potts’ effort flew narrowly over.
Barnet were still looking a threat however, and Slocombe had to put everything behind Akpa Akpro's strike, before Michael Cain took to the field in place of a hobbling Cullen.
With Blackpool taking up as much time as possible, Colin Daniel was replaced by Will Aimson, whose height was expected to be useful.
As five added minutes were announced at The Hive, Slocomobe produced an unbelievable save, tipping over a powerful effort, however there was to be one last twist as Akinde controlled on his chest and crashed home an equaliser with the last kick of the game.
Full-Time: Barnet 1 Blackpool 1