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Report: Blackpool 2 Plymouth Argyle 2

Solomon-Otabor Strikes Late To Rescue A Point

30 December 2017

Viv Solomon-Otabor’s dramatic, late equaliser saw Blackpool fight back from two goals down to draw 2-2 against Plymouth Argyle.

The winger, a first-half substitute, fired in with 94 minutes on the clock after Colin Daniel had initially reduced the deficit shortly after half-time.

Manager Gary Bowyer made two changes to his side for the match, with Andy Taylor and Jay Spearing starting in the places of Jimmy Ryan and Nathan Delfouneso.

Kelvin Mellor had the first attempt of the afternoon, firing over on the volley against his former club.

The visitors looked to make their presence felt at set-pieces, with a number of corner and free-kick routines off the training ground. Blackpool dealt with the early deliveries well, though.

Danny Philliskirk, who scored his sixth goal of the season in midweek, registered the first shot on target, however Remi Matthews claimed the ball comfortably.

Blackpool were then forced into a change in the 26th minute when Andy Taylor went down injured in his own half. The left-back handed the captain’s armband to Jay Spearing and was replaced by Viv Solomon-Otabor.

The substitute almost made an instant breakthrough for The Seasiders, cutting in from the right before hitting a shot just past the far post.

A few fouls in the middle of the park started to break up any sort of play as the match approached half-time, however that all changed in the 39th minute. Plymouth’s Ruben Lameiras was given time to pick his spot with an effort from the edge of the box, and he duly did, giving the visitors the lead.

Things got worse for Blackpool right on the stroke of half-time, as Graham Carey hit a wonder strike to double Plymouth’s advantage. The attacking midfielder half-volleyed the ball from a tight angle over Ben Williams and into the top corner of the net.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Plymouth Argyle 2

Blackpool pushed for a way back immediately and saw Longstaff denied by a strong save from Remi Matthews.

The Seasiders then got the incentive they needed minutes later, when Colin Daniel drilled the ball through a crowd of bodies to find the net and reduce the deficit.

The goal prompted Plymouth into a change, with Ruben Lameiras the man withdrawn in favour of Joel Grant. The substitute quickly got himself in behind the Blackpool defence but fluffed his lines by firing wide.

Nathan Delfouneso was introduced as Blackpool pushed for the equaliser, though a former Seasider had a great chance to restore the visitors’ two goal advantage. Midfielder David Fox found himself unmarked in the box but nodded the ball against the outside of the post.

Dolly Menga became Blackpool’s third and final change and, shortly after his introduction, his strike was deflected away from the target by a vital header from Sonny Bradley.

Menga whipped a cross into the box with three minutes of normal time and saw it blocked by what the players deemed to be a Plymouth hand. The appeals came in from those in tangerine, however the referee wasn’t interested and waved play on.

Five additional minutes went up on the board as Blackpool continued to press for the equaliser, and it finally came with a minute to go. Viv Solomon-Otabor was the man who got it, drilled in from the edge of the box.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Plymouth Argyle 2


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