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Report: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 2

Late Andrew Leveller Denies Pool All Three Points

6 October 2018

Calvin Andrew’s 87th minute header denied Blackpool all three points, as The Seasiders drew 2-2 at home to Rochdale.

Headed goals from Jordan Thompson and Curtis Tilt had put The Seasiders 2-1 up prior to half-time, however they were unable to press home that advantage with a third goal in the second-half.   

Terry McPhillips opted to name an unchanged side for the game, which meant that Ben Heneghan continued alongside Curtis Tilt at centre-back and Armand Gnanduillet retained his place up top.

After a scrappy couple of minutes, it was Blackpool who made the breakthrough courtesy of Jordan Thompson’s first goal for the club. The Northern Ireland international made a neat run at the near post and headed Marc Bola’s cross past Josh Lillis.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Rochdale levelled matters three minutes later. A corner floated into the box was met by Ryan Delaney, who smashed the ball on the volley into the back of the net.

A bit of indecision from another Rochdale corner almost resulted in the visitors going ahead, however the ball fell just wide of the post. Zach Clough then tried his luck with a free-kick that Mark Howard scampered across goal to save.

It was the visitors who continued to threaten in and around the box, winning free-kicks in promising positions, yet they failed to really test Howard.

Just prior to the half-hour mark, The Seasiders re-established their lead. A set-piece from Jay Spearing was met by Curtis Tilt who scored Blackpool’s second goal and header of the afternoon.

After the goal, the game once again became dominated by breaks in play due to fouls from both sides.

Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 1

Straight after the re-start Jordan Thompson was brought down just outside the box. Armand Gnanduillet stepped up to take the free-kick and blasted it straight at the wall.

Nathan Delfouneso then went close with a glancing header that landed on the roof of the net, while Callum Guy’s cross struck the top of the bar.

Michael Nottingham was introduced off the bench for Liam Feeney with 20 minutes of the contest to go, as Blackpool looked to wrap things up.

Rochdale came close to creating an opportunity to level a few minutes later, however Jay Spearing was on hand to block off a six-yard cut-back from Bradden Inman.

In an attempt to secure the points with a third goal, Armand Gnanduillet saw a strike blocked and Jordan Thompson curled an effort over the bar.

At the other end, Rochdale continued to try and carve out a chance, which duly came in the 87th minute. Calvin Andrew stooped low to head the ball into the far corner.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 2

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