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Report: Blackpool 2 Coventry City 0

Cullen and Dodoo Secure First Three Points

21 August 2018

Goals from Mark Cullen and Joe Dodoo helped Blackpool secure their first three points of the season with a 2-0 victory over Coventry City.

Cullen broke the deadlock just after half-time, scoring his second of the season by latching on to a cross from Ollie Turton, before Dodoo wrapped things up late on with his first for the club.

Interim boss Terry McPhillips made seven changes for the fixture, with Cullen and Dodoo starting in a front three after being unused substitutes against Coventry City.

The visitors, fresh from their first league win against Plymouth on Saturday, had to rearrange their side in the opening exchanges, with Maxime Biamou picking up an injury. Amadou Bakayoko was the man to replace him.

The first 30 minutes was one of few chances. Blackpool’s best move came just before the half-hour mark, when Mark Cullen chested the ball down and into the path of Ollie Turton to shoot. Unfortunately, the right-back, operating in midfield, fired over the bar.

Jay Spearing was the next player to register an attempt and almost scored his first goal for the club. The Seasiders’ skipper unleashed a low, driving effort from 25-yards, only to see Coventry goalkeeper Liam O’Brien turn it behind the post.

The Sky Blues were awarded a free-kick in first-half stoppage time, however Luke Thomas lifted the ball over the wall and just over Mark Howard’s crossbar.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Coventry City 0

The deadlock was finally broken three minutes after the interval and it was Mark Cullen who found the net with his second goal of the season. The forward nipped in ahead of the goalkeeper to head in a cross from Ollie Turton.

Harry Pritchard then went close soon after, forcing O’Brien to tip his free-kick over the bar. From the resulting corner, Donervon Daniels headed over.

Daniels head an even better opportunity to double Blackpool’s advantage in the 70th minute, but once again he nodded over the bar.

Abu Agogo looked to reply for Coventry, who started to commit more bodies forward, however the former Shrewsbury saw his strike deflect wide.

Just a minute later, Blackpool went two-up. A searching ball over the top was chased down by Joe Dodoo, who managed to knock the ball past the ‘keeper and then find the net.

The goal wrapped up the contest, with Pool seeing the result out ahead of another home game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Coventry City 0  

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