Report: Notts County 1 Blackpool 0
Blackpool’s pursuit of a play-off place will go down to the final day after they succumbed to a scruffy 1-0 defeat to Notts County at Meadow Lane.
Richard’s Duffy’s tap-in proved decisive after Sam Slocombe had parried Jorge Grant’s free-kick into his path before the break.
The Seasiders looked out of sorts and failed to call home goalkeeper Adam Collin into action enough, with a header from Brad Potts the closest Pool came.
Other results mean they remain in the top seven however, meaning their fate is still in their own hands going into the final game of the season.
Welcomed onto the pitch to by an array of dramatic fireworks, it was Notts County who sparked into life quicker and former Seasider Mark Yeates curled wide of the mark early on.
However, Blackpool quickly settled and after Adam Collin fumbled a cross, Mark Cullen was only denied a certain goal by a brilliant piece of defending by Haydn Hollis.
Neil Danns was next to threaten, as his cross-cum-shot was turned over the bar by Collin. Then, a lung-bursting run by Brad Potts fashioned another opening for the midfielder, who saw his effort deflect wide.
At the other end a clever free-kick saw Grant get an effort off on Sam Slocombe’s goal, but the stopper was equal to it. The goalkeeper was called into action in the 27th minute as well, and used one hand to keep out Yeates at the back post.
However, on 34 minutes the hosts took the lead, as Grant’s free-kick was palmed away by Slocombe only as far as Duffy who nodded into an unguarded net.
There was little of note for the remainder of the half, as Blackpool lacked a cutting edge in the final third and the hosts went in for the break ahead.
Half-Time: Notts County 1 Blackpool 0
Slocombe had to have his wits about his after the break and too who attempts to smother Jon Stead’s left-footed effort. The striker then led his own counter attack and had a shot pushed away by Slocombe.
At the other end Jack Payne fired over as Blackpool looked for an equaliser, but with little in the way of chances Gary Boywer was forced into a double substitution, with Kyle Vassell replacing Cullen and Bright Osayi-Samuel coming on for Andy Taylor, meaning Colin Daniel moved to left-back.
Jordan Flores followed soon after too, in place of Neil Danns, as Bowyer used all his cards. For all their efforts, Pool were struggling to muster a clear-cut chance and Grant shot at Slocombe on the break for County.
Blackpool’s efforts were summed up by Vassell on 83 minutes, as he raced onto Kelvin Mellor’s pass but got the ball stuck under his feet and shot wide.
Moments later a golden chance fell to Potts, but after Payne’s throw fell to him, he could only direct his header at Collin. Next, Osayi-Samuel’s cross was knocked goalwards by Flores but forced only a simple catch.
Five minutes went up by the fourth official but nothing came of his for the visitors, who returned north empty handed.
Full-Time: Notts County 1 Blackpool 0