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Report: Blackpool 2 Walsall 2

Late Gnanduillet Leveller Secures Point

10 February 2018

Armand Gnanduillet stepped off the bench to rescue Blackpool a point in a 2-2 draw with Walsall.

The striker made no mistake after being played through on goal by fellow substitute Dan Agyei, after The Seasiders had fell behind for the second time in the match.

Clark Robertson almost won it for Pool late deep into added time but his effort was cleared away from the line.

Manager Gary Bowyer named the same side that drew 1-1 at Bury last time out, with the only change coming on the bench, where Sessi D’Almeida replaced Colin Daniel.

Blackpool started the game strongly and had two good opportunities inside the first eight minutes. Kyle Vassell came within inches of connecting with a great cross from Nathan Delfouneso, prior to Curtis Tilt seeing a back post header cleared off the line.

Vassell, on the turn, then volleyed wide soon after as The Seasiders looked to make their early dominance pay off.

Though the visitors were set up to counter and were finding space to do so, it was Blackpool who continued to threaten on the attack. Sean Longstaff was the latest player to register an attempt, driving wide with a free-kick from 30-yards out.

Despite the chances mounting, Blackpool found themselves behind before the half-hour mark. Against the run of play, Walsall countered down the right and took the lead through Joe Edwards, who finished off the attacking move from inside the area.

Callum Cooke had an opportunity to level matters moments later, however he was unable to keep his effort on target.

A minute after Vassell had sent a left-footed strike wide of the post, Blackpool equalised. Callum Cooke found Nathan Delfouneso inside the area and the forward turned his man before finding the bottom corner.

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Walsall 1

It was a pretty low-key start to the second-half, though Sean Longstaff did send a long-range effort just wide of the post.

Curtis Tilt led the Blackpool appeals for a penalty when his header was blocked by what he believed to be a hand. The referee allowed play to continue though, leading to Sean Longstaff firing agonisingly wide.

The Seasiders were retaining possession for long periods, much to the frustration of the Walsall fans. In an attempt to change that, the visitors introduced Erhun Oztumer in place of Julien Ngoy.

Blackpool made a substitution of their own in the 71st minute, with Dan Agyei coming on for his home debut as a replacement for Kyle Vassell. The on-loan Burnley man was involved in the action instantly, drawing a save from Liam Roberts with a powerful strike from distance.

However, it was the visitors who got themselves back in front. A corner was allowed to drift and bobble through a number of bodies before reaching Jon Guthrie at the back post who made no mistake in slotting in.

That goal prompted Blackpool into another chance, as Armand Gnanduillet replaced Callum Cooke for the final 10 minutes.

Jack Fitzwater positioned himself well to clear a Blackpool attempt off the line as The Seasiders pushed for another equaliser.

The goal finally came in the 88th minute and it was courtesy of great link-up between the two substitutes. Dan Agyei slipped Armand Gnanduillet through on goal and the French striker fired across goal and into the bottom corner.

The Seasiders pushed for the winner but saw Clark Robertson denied at close range in the 95th minute.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Walsall 2

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