Sean Longstaff opened up his Blackpool account with the only goal of the game, as The Seasiders recorded a 1-0 victory against MK Dons.
The midfielder, on loan from Newcastle United, got Gary Bowyer’s side off to the perfect start with a strike inside six minutes to get the team up and running for the season with all three points.
After an initial corner was cleared, fellow home debutant Viv Solomon-Otabor played the ball inside for Longstaff to find the far-right corner from just inside the box.
MK Dons grew into the game shortly after and quickly exchanged blows with the hosts, with Aaron Tshibola and Solomon-Otabor both seeing their close range free-kicks blocked.
Blackpool had the next chance of note. A swift counter through pacey winger Bright Osayi-Samuel gave The Seasiders an excellent chance to double their lead, but the winger fluffed his lines and placed his pass behind Solomon-Otabor, who was unable to sort his feet out to finish the move.
Gboly Ariyibi was a persistent threat for the away side and it was his dangerous free-kick that gave MK their best chance of the half. Ethan Ebanks-Landell towered over everyone but could only steer his header wide.
The half finished with a flurry. Osayi-Samuel found himself with time and space on the edge of the box, but the Nigerian could only bend his shot wide of Lee Nicholls goal.
Blackpool captain Jimmy Ryan then saw his long-range free-kick flash narrowly wide.
HALF TIME: Blackpool 1 MK Dons 0
The second-half was a far cagier affair, with both sides failing to convert their few clear-cut chances.
However, MK started off the better of the two sides with Kieran Agard coming close, as he saw his curling effort fly past Ryan Allsop’s post.
Blackpool’s first chance of note came on the hour mark. Solomon-Otabor won a free-kick, which captain Ryan took. Ryan beat the wall but MK goalkeeper Nicholls palmed it away.
The hosts threatened again on 70 minutes through Osayi-Sanuel but the winger’s long range shot was collected easily by Nicholls. Almost instantly, Solomon-Otabor’s mazy run set him clear but his shot, and subsequent follow up, were well gathered by Nicholls.
In search of an equaliser, MK Dons began to put pressure on the hosts, with their best chance to steal a point coming four minutes from time. Winger Ariyibi whipped in a dangerous free kick and after Longstaff’s failed clearance Curtis Tilt blocked well before Allsop to claimed the ball comfortably.
FULL TIME: Blackpool 1 MK Dons 0
Words by Riegan Thompson