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Report: AFC Wimbledon 0 Blackpool 0

Stalemate At Kingsmeadow

29 December 2018

Blackpool were left to rue a lack of cutting edge in front of goal, as they played out a stalemate at AFC Wimbledon.

Armand Gnanduillet and substitute Harry Pritchard both had great opportunities to break the deadlock at Kingsmeadow, however those chances went astray on a frustrating afternoon.

The point did halt a three-match losing streak in Sky Bet League One though, taking the team on to 35 for the season.   

Manager Terry McPhillips made two changes to his side for the fixture, with John O’Sullivan and Chris Taylor both starting. Jordan Thompson missed out due to suspension.

The Seasiders went close to breaking the deadlock inside four minutes, when Armand Gnanduillet met a cross from Marc Bola, only to see his header pushed away by Tom King.

Chris Taylor was then expecting his strike to nestle into the bottom corner from 18-yards, though King made another vital save to keep AFC Wimbledon level.  

The chances continued for Blackpool, as Ben Heneghan came charging through a crowd of bodies to nod wide from a corner.

The hosts, clearly playing a game plan, looked to lump the ball long at every opportunity for Kwesi Appiah and Jake Jervis to chase. Their most dangerous opportunity came via Terell Thomas though, with the defender heading a corner delivery wide from close range.

Half-time: AFC Wimbledon 0 Blackpool 0

It was AFC Wimbledon who started the second-half strongly, retaining a lot of possession in Blackpool’s half. Keeper Mark Howard had to be aware at his near post to push away a low drilled cross from Andy Barcham.

Blackpool’s Marc Bola then became the first player of the afternoon to be shown a yellow card when he tugged back substitute Tyler Burey.

Armand Gnanduillet was left unmarked from a Jay Spearing free-kick just past the hour mark, however his header was comfortably saved.

The Seasiders opted to change things soon after, introducing Harry Pritchard off the bench for John O’Sullivan.

It was Pritchard who then had the best chance of the game. Nathan Delfouneso whipped a great ball across the six-yard box and the midfielder ended up firing over the bar.

At the other end, Mark Howard made himself big to prevent Terell Thomas from breaking the deadlock in The Dons’ favour.

Blackpool’s top scorer Armand Gnanduillet came agonisingly close to putting Pool ahead in the 81st minute, flicking the ball just wide at the near post.

With time now ticking away, Steven Davies was thrown on in place of Jay Spearing, who appeared to have picked up a knock.

Though no chances fell to Davies, Blackpool almost nicked a winner through an unlikely source – an own goal. In the end, it wasn’t to be though.

Full-Time: AFC Wimbledon 0 Blackpool 0

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