Jon Nolan’s second-half strike proved to be a cruel blow for Blackpool, as The Seasiders lost out 1-0 to Shrewsbury Town.
The midfielder drove forward and found the net in the 54th minute, just moments after Blackpool had watched appeals for a penalty waved away when Kelvin Mellor was tripped in the box.
Despite pushing for a way back into an encounter with very few clear-cut chances, it was the home side who held on to take the three points.
Curtis Tilt returned from a three-match injury absence to play alongside centre-back partner Clark Robertson for the first time since mid-October, while Callum Cooke also came into the side. Nathan Delfouneso took the place of the injured Kyle Vassell.
Blackpool looked to start the game on the front foot, however Shrewsbury’s high pressing game was breaking up any sort of rhythm. The home side continually dispossessed The Seasiders and broke forward in numbers.
There was a slight bit of concern for Curtis Tilt in the 12th minute when he stayed down after lunging in front of shot. After being assessed by the physio and a few minutes of trying to run it off, he continued at the heart of defence.
Blackpool’s best chance of the opening 20 minutes came courtesy of a Shrewsbury man, though Dean Henderson tipped over the defensive header.
At the other end, Jon Nolan fired an effort over the bar from distance. It was one of only two first-half strikes at the Blackpool goal, with the other being claimed by Allsop in the aftermath of Tilt staying down injured early on.
Still forcing Blackpool into hurried passes and errors, a Shrewsbury counter attack led to the defence scrambling back prior to half-time and a timely header from Robertson seeing off the danger.
Half-Time: Shrewsbury Town 0 Blackpool 0
Nathan Delfouneso had a good opportunity to break the deadlock shortly after the restart, however the forward fired wide from an angle after being played in by Longstaff.
It was a really strong start to the second-half from a Blackpool perspective, with consecutive corners being followed by a penalty appeal. Kelvin Mellor looked to have been tripped in the box, yet the referee waved away the protests.
Just minutes later, Shrewsbury took the lead. Jon Nolan surged forward and found the bottom corner from just outside the area.
Curtis Tilt got a yard on his man from a corner as Blackpool pushed for an equaliser, however he couldn’t keep his header under the bar.
Manager Gary Bowyer opted to make a double change in the 70th minute, as Armand Gnanduillet and Danny Philliskirk replaced Jimmy Ryan and Sean Longstaff.
It was the Frenchman who had the first opportunity after coming on, heading wide from a Jay Spearing corner.
As Blackpool were pushing to level matters, space was opening up for the hosts to counter. Luckily Colin Daniel did well to delay one such attack, which eventually fizzled out.
Alex Rodman was then left unmarked from a corner but fortunately headed wide for Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury-born Scott Quigley became Blackpool’s third and final change for the last nine minutes, taking the place of Delfouneso. The immediate free-kick following his arrival saw Kelvin Mellor’s overhead kick claimed by Henderson.
Jon Nolan almost added to his tally with a 35-yard effort that had Allsop backtracking, but the ‘keeper did well to tip his strike over.
Full-Time: Shrewsbury Town 1 Blackpool 0