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Report: Macclesfield 0 Blackpool 2

29 July 2017

Mark Cullen ensured Blackpool signed off for pre-season on a positive note as his second-half brace secured a 2-0 victory at Macclesfield Town on Saturday.

The striker’s glancing header set The Seasiders on their way, as he directed Bright Osayi-Samuel’s cross into the bottom corner. 
 
Pool’s young winger was at the heart of the second goal too, as he ploughed through the Macclesfield defence and watched his shot parried for Cullen to tap home.
 
The victory leaves Gary Bowyer’s men in good shape ahead of next week’s season opener at Bradford City, with the majority of his squad getting more minutes in their legs. 
 
In an uneventful, if well-fought first-half, there was little to write home about, with Cullen squandering the best of the chances, pouncing on a defensive error but being thwarted by Shwan Jalal. 
 
Tyrone Marsh’s close range header was the closest Macclesfield came in the opening period, as the striker headed Elliot Durrell’s cross wide after moving away from Clark Robertson.
 
Sean Longstaff’s afternoon lasted just 22 minutes, with a head wound forcing him off and Nathan Delfouneso taking his place in the middle of the park. 
 
The former Aston Villa man’s main contribution of the half came when he picked out the run of Colin Daniel, but on his return to Moss Rose, Daniel couldn’t pick out a team mate in the middle.
 
Half-Time: Macclesfield 0 Blackpool 0
 
Blackpool improved after the break and Bright Osayi-Samuel was the main reason. The winger won his side a corner, from which Pool took the lead from, as the winger crossed for Cullen to glance beyond Jalal.
 
From the next set piece Callum Cooke set up Robertson, who couldn’t fully wrap his foot around the cross and fired wide at the near post.   
 
So when the second goal arrived it was fully deserved. Again Osayi-Samuel was the architect, ploughing through the middle of the Macclesfield side and forcing a save from their trialist goalkeeper, but Cullen reacted quickest to squeeze in Pool’s second.
 
And the striker very nearly had his treble minutes later, but after meeting Daniel’s brilliant cross with a thumping header, the goalkeeper produced a fine save to keep the score down to two. 
 
Then came the host of substitutions came, with the likes of Ben Williams, Peter Hartley and Armand Gnanduillet taking to the field. 
 
The hosts did hit the woodwork after that, as a trialist bent a brilliant effort onto the crossbar, before their goalkeeper spread to save from Jamille Matt, as Pool concluded pre-season with a 2-0 win under their belts. 
 
Full-Time: Macclesfield 0 Blackpool 2
 
Team: Allsop (Williams), Mellor, Tilt (Hartley), Robertson (Anderton), Daniel, Longstaff (Delfouneso), Turton, Cooke (Taylor), Clayton (Philliskirk), Osayi-Samuel (Matt), Cullen (Gnanduillet).

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