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Report: Blackpool 3 Burton Albion 0

Thompson On Target In Strong Second-Half Showing

24 November 2018

Three goals in 11 devastating second-half minutes saw Blackpool record a 3-0 victory at home to Burton Albion.

Goals from Armand Gnanduillet, Jordan Thompson and Joe Dodoo made it five consecutive wins for The Seasiders, who remain just outside of the play-off spots in Sky Bet League One.

The result came playing with a 3-5-2 formation once again, albeit with a change in personnel. Michael Nottingham and Jordan Thompson were restored to the starting line-up at the expense of Nathan Delfouneso and the injured Callum Guy.

It was last week’s match-winner, Armand Gnanduillet, who had the first opportunity of note, forcing goalkeeper Bradley Collins to tip his header over the bar.

At the other end, Mark Howard had a moment of panic after missing a pass back from Jay Spearing. Fortunately, the ‘keeper managed to scamper back and clear off his own goal line.

Blackpool’s main attacking threat in the opening half-hour was coming from Marc Bola down the left, with the former Arsenal man swinging a number of deliveries across the six-yard box. Team-mates were unable to convert them, though.

Armand Gnanduillet tried to create another chance for himself with 36 minutes on the clock, however The Seasiders’ top scorer fired over.

A counter attack led by Jordan Thompson was brought to a halt when the Northern Ireland international was cynically fouled by Stephen Quinn. Having retaliated to the challenge, he joined the Burton man in receiving a yellow card.

Joe Dodoo’s deft touch presented an opportunity for Thompson to shoot just prior to the interval, however Collins made the save to deny him.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Burton Albion 0

Within a minute of restarting the game, Blackpool took the lead. Jordan Thompson played a well-timed pass for Armand Gnanduillet to latch on to and the striker shrugged off the challenge of the defender to slot in his seventh goal of the season.

Clearly buoyed by the opener, The Seasiders quickly doubled their advantage three minutes later. Joe Dodoo showed a great turn of pace down the left and delivered the ball across the six-yard box for Jordan Thompson to convert.

Dodoo himself then had a good chance to grab a third for Blackpool, however he was unable to divert Gnanduillet’s flick on target.

The on-loan Rangers man made amends though, finding the net with a sensational scissor kick finish inside the penalty area.

Pool were now brimming with confidence and looked dangerous with every attack, committing more numbers forward on the break.

Burton did have a spell of pressure themselves, as they tried to decrease the gap, however the Blackpool defence held firm.

Given the scoreline and with Tuesday’s game at Doncaster in mind, the manager opted to bring off Ollie Turton, Jay Spearing and Joe Dodoo at certain stages, with Harry Pritchard, Chris Taylor and Liam Feeney their replacements.

Just prior to Feeney’s introduction, Armand Gnanduillet probably should have made it 4-0. The striker fluffed his lines though and missed connecting with another great delivery from Marc Bola.

Burton substitute Marcus Harness came close to a reply for Nigel Clough’s side, yet somehow his downward header landed on the roof of the net from six-yards out.

That miss ensured that the clean sheet remained intact, rounding off a good afternoon’s work from the team.

Full-Time: Blackpool 3 Burton Albion 0

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