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Report: Blackpool 1 Blackburn 1

23 July 2016

Vassell On Target Once Again

Kyle Vassell was on target as Blackpool continued their pre-season preparations with a solid draw against Championship outfit Blackburn Rovers.

The striker’s fourth goal of the summer, which deflected beyond Jason Steele, had put Pool in front in the first-half.

However, moments before the interval Ben Marshall’s effort also took a nick on its way in as it finished all square at Bloomfield Road.

There were no further goals after the break, with manager Gary Bowyer getting his first taste of Bloomfield Road as Pool manager. 

Donning their new Errea home strip, Blackpool started as bright as their strip, as Danny Philliskirk rattled the post via the hand of Steele. 

The Seasiders were getting closer, as Brad Potts linked up with Danny Philliskirk, who fizzed his effort wide of the mark.

They eventually found the breakthrough 19 minutes in as Vassell found space down the right and saw his strike deflect beyond Steele.

Both Potts and Colin Daniel passed up opportunities to add to Pool’s lead and they were made to pay. 

Against the run of play, the visitors equalised on the stroke of half-time as Marshall’s shot-cum-cross took a nick off Jim McAlister on its way into the net. 

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Blackburn 1

Pool reacted well after the break as both Vassell and Daniel were denied by last-ditch Rovers defending, earning corners in the process. 

As for Blackburn, Darrah Lenihan dragged wide from range, before their former boss Bowyer rang the changes. 

On the hour-mark Pool made nine changes, which included Rowan Roache and Caleb Richards from the Youth Team and the likes of John Herron and Mark Yeates of the First Team. 

While the substitutions somewhat disrupted the flow of the game, the chances were still coming as Shane Duffy headed over with his final action of the game, before being substituted. 

Graham then headed over, before Yeates curled a free-kick into the arms of Steele as the game finished all square.

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Blackburn 1

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