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Report: Salford 3 Blackpool 4

22 July 2017

Blackpool’s pre-season preparations continued to progress, as they came out on top in an entertaining, seven-goal friendly with Salford City.

Kyle Vassell, Brad Potts, Bright Osayi-Samuel and Max Clayton all hit the back of the net, as The Seasiders produced some eye-catching football at Moor Lane.
 
It wasn’t the desired start Blackpool were searching for at Moor Lane, as former striker Jack Redshaw nipped in ahead of Clark Robertson and clipped an effort off the inside of the post and in.
 
They did respond quickly however, as Osayi-Samuel robbed his defender of possession, raced into the penalty area and squared for Vassell to tap into an unguarded net. 
 
That goal gave Pool the confidence boost they needed and some entertaining football during the first-half created chances for Clayton and Osayi-Samuel, who were both denied by Max Crocombe. 
 
Then, moments before the break, their dominance was rewarded, as Potts started and finished a fine move. His ball over the top saw Vassell and Osayi-Samuel link up, with the latter pulling the ball back for Potts to thump a fine, low effort past Crocombe from outside of the box.
 
Half-Time: Salford 1 Blackpool 2
 
After the break Osayi-Samuel continued his good work by adding a third. After picking up the ball from Andy Taylor, the winger ran at the defence with pace, went on his left and fired across goal and into the bottom corner. 
 
However, the hosts were quickly back to within a goal, as Michael Nottingham fired past Ryan Allsop from his inside the area.
 
Christoffer Mafoumbi and Armand Gnanduillet replaced Allsop and Vassell on the hour-mark, but there was little the goalkeeper could do to prevent Redshaw curling home and impressive effort into the top corner. 
 
The goals just kept on coming however, as Potts fed Clayton, whose quick feet created an opening, allowing him to fire into the roof of the net to complete the scoring.
 
Full-Time: Salford 3 Blackpool 4
 
Team: Allsop (Mafoumbi), Mellor, Hartley, Robertson, Taylor, Ryan, Cooke, Potts, Osayi-Samuel, Clayton, Vassell (Gnanduillet).
 

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