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Report: Charlton Athletic 1 Blackpool 1

Late Leveller Earns Pool A Point

23 December 2017

An 89th minute equaliser gave Blackpool a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at Charlton Athletic.

The Seasiders scrambled the ball home from an initial Jimmy Ryan free-kick, with Clark Robertson appearing to get the final touch on a Gnanduillet header.

The goal cancelled out a 15th minute effort from Joe Aribo and ended a run of three straight league defeats for the team.

Manager Gary Bowyer rung the changes for the match, with Ben Williams, Andy Taylor, Sessi D’Almeida, Danny Philliskirk and Armand Gnanduillet getting the nod to start.

Gnanduillet, having clashed heads with Leon Best in the opening stages, had The Seasiders first opportunity in the 14th minute. The Frenchman challenged two defenders for the ball at the near post and had ‘keeper Ben Amos scrambling to push his diving header away from goal.

Before being able to build on that chance, Charlton opened the scoring. Joe Aribo was given time and space to waltz past a couple of defenders and tuck the ball away in the bottom corner.

Blackpool were finding it difficult to retain possession in the final third and had Ben Williams to thank for keeping the score-line at 1-0. The ‘keeper quickly spread himself to block a six-yard header from Best.

Best should then have found the net with his next attempt, after being left unmarked in the box. Luckily for Blackpool, he dragged his effort wide of the post.

At the other end, Gnanduillet had another sight on goal when he latched onto a flick from Danny Philliskirk, however he blasted the ball wide of the target.

Half-Time: Charlton Athletic 1 Blackpool 0

The Addicks almost capitalised on an error from Curtis Tilt shortly after the restart, with the defender getting caught running out with the ball. Fortunately, Mark Marshall spurned the opportunity for the home side.

Colin Daniel did well to meet a good cross from Callum Cooke at the back post for Blackpool, yet his header ended up straight in the arms of the Charlton ‘keeper.

Gary Bowyer opted to introduce Sean Longstaff and Viv Solomon-Otabor off the bench just after the hour mark. The pair replaced Callum Cooke and Danny Philliskirk.

The two subs combined well down the left and almost prised an opening. Charlton quickly scrambled the ball clear of their own six-yard box, though.

Charlton substitute George Lapslie made a well-timed run off his man in the 75th minute, but Curtis Tilt quickly covered the ground and made a vital block.

Blackpool tried to pump the ball forward and win the knock-downs, which is why The Seasiders brought Scott Quigley on for the final 10 minutes. The height of him and Gnanduillet aimed to cause problems for the home side.

The plan worked, as Gnanduillet challenged for a Jimmy Ryan free-kick and his effort took a flick off Robertson before finding the net.

Full-Time: Charlton Athletic 1 Blackpool 1

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