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Report: Peterborough United 2 Blackpool 2

Gnanduillet and Delfouneso On Target In Draw Against League Leaders

29 September 2018

Goals from Armand Gnanduillet and Nathan Delfouneso saw Blackpool come from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Peterborough United in a breathless encounter.

Trailing 1-0 at the break, The Seasiders fought back in the second-half to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 12 matches.

It took a super save from Mark Howard in the 97th minute to ensure a share of the spoils though, but Pool were worthy of their point.

Manager Terry McPhillips handed first league starts of the campaign to Callum Guy and Armand Gnanduillet following their midweek performances against QPR, while Nathan Delfouneso and Liam Feeney were restored to the side.

The hosts started the brighter on the ball, registering their first opportunity through Jamie Walker. The midfielder turned his man 20-yards out from goal and fizzed a low strike just past the post.

A great defence splitting ball from Jay Spearing presented Nathan Delfouneso with a great chance for Blackpool to take the lead, however the forward drilled his effort straight at Aaron Chapman.

Jordan Thompson was picking up the ball in promising areas for Blackpool and driving forward at every opportunity. On the one time he opted to shoot, he drilled wide though.

At the other end, Marcus Maddison had the home crowd cheering after whipping a free-kick round the Blackpool wall. The ball only rippled back off an advertising hoarding and into the back netting, however.

Peterborough did take the lead soon after though, as Rhys Bennett connected with a Siriki Dembele free-kick to head past Mark Howard, despite the ‘keeper getting a hand on it.

A swift counter-attacking from The Seasiders created an opportunity for Liam Feeney, whose strike deflected behind for a corner. From the resulting set-piece, Curtis Tilt’s header cannoned back off the bar.

Half-Time: Peterborough United 1 Blackpool 0

A decisive bit of defending from Rhys Bennett denied Blackpool an opportunity to equalise shortly after the restart, with the centre-half diverting a teasing cross away from the lurking Armand Gnanduillet.

Gnanduillet did get a chance 10 minutes later though, as he finished off a smart Blackpool counter. Liam Feeney cut inside, slotted through Delfouneso and he unselfishly squared the ball across for the striker to tap in.

The Seasiders’ equaliser was short-lived, as Peterborough substitute Mark O’Hara crashed a 25-yard effort into the top corner, but Nathan Delfouneso quickly replied with a stunning strike of his own to make it 2-2.

Jordan Thomson had a glorious chance to give Blackpool the lead after another quick attacking move, but somehow he spurned it and ended up missing the target.

The game was becoming really stretched now, as both sides pushed for a winner. A last-ditch challenge from Curtis Tilt denied substitute Jason Cummings a clear run on goal, with the home support urging their side on.

Six minutes of added time went up on the board and a huge save from Mark Howard in the 97th minute, to tip over a strike from Jason Naismith, ensured that Blackpool came away from The ABAX with a point.

Full-Time: Peterborough United 2 Blackpool 2

 


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