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Report: Blackpool 1 Scunthorpe United 0

Gnanduillet Strike Enough To Secure All Three Points

23 October 2018

Armand Gnanduillet’s fourth goal of the season made it back-to-back league wins with a 1-0 victory against Scunthorpe United.

The striker finished off a well-worked team move in the 19th minute to ensure that Blackpool extended their unbeaten run in the division to 11 games.

Manager Terry McPhillips made two changes from the victory against AFC Wimbledon, with Marc Bola injured and Harry Pritchard dropping down to the bench. Liam Feeney and Michael Nottingham were the players to come into the side.

It was Nottingham who had the first opportunity of the game, nodding over Feeney’s cross from eight-yards out.

The opener came 10 minutes later, and what a fine, team goal it was. Curtis Tilt surged past the half-way line and played the ball out to Ollie Turton down the left, who in turn delivered for Armand Gnanduillet to finish with aplomb.

The visitors, aiming to reply immediately, forced Mark Howard to tip over from James Perch, while Jay Spearing was well positioned to head another effort off the line.

Howard was again called into action prior to the half-hour mark, pushing away a low 20-yard drive from Stephen Humphrys.

Liam Feeney curled an effort over the bar as Blackpool chased a second and Scunthorpe’s Ryan Colclough struck the side netting at the other end.

Great link-up between Feeney and Turton almost led to Armand Gnanduillet adding to his opener, however Jak Alnwick pushed his strike behind.

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Scunthorpe United 0

Scunthorpe captain Rory McArdle rose high to challenge for a corner soon after the restart, though he was unable to divert the ball on target.

A neat one-two between Callum Guy and Armand Gnanduillet presented the former with a great opportunity to find the net, but unfortunately he fired straight at the ‘keeper.  

Stephen Humphrys almost levelled matters for Scunthorpe on the hour mark, drilling a strike just wide of the post.

The Seasiders then made their first change of the game, introducing Mark Cullen for Jordan Thompson. It meant a switch to a 4-4-2 formation for the final 25 minutes.

It was the visitors who continued to look the more threatening on the counter attack, with Colclough in particular the key man. A well-timed cover tackle from Donervon Daniels prevented him from going one-on-one against Mark Howard.

Scunthorpe substitute George Thomas then fizzed a dangerous ball across the six-yard box, but fortunately it evaded any other the supporting shirts in attack.

Sensibly, Blackpool tried to wind the clock down with time ticking away, though it meant also seeing out five additional minutes.

The Seasiders duly did after some strong game management.

FT: Blackpool 1 Scunthorpe United 0

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