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Report: Walsall 0 Blackpool 0

Another Point On The Road For The Seasiders

1 September 2018

An offside call in the 90th minute denied Blackpool all three points, as The Seasiders were left to settle for 0-0 draw at Walsall.

Nathan Delfouneso thought he’d scored a winner for Pool when he rounded Liam Roberts, however the linesman flagged for it to be disallowed.  

The returning Curtis Tilt also came close to breaking the deadlock in the clash, seeing a first-half header cleared off the line.

Tilt was one of six changes from the midweek victory at Doncaster Rovers, with Ollie Turton, Jordan Thompson, Joe Dodoo, Nathan Delfouneso and Mark Cullen all restored to the side.

It was Blackpool who made the stronger start to the game, retaining possession well in the middle of the park. Joe Dodoo fired wide from a corner, while Jordan Thompson’s rasping drive was diverted away from the target by a solid defensive header.

A super challenge from Curtis Tilt denied Andy Cook at the near post for the hosts, while Zeli Ismail whipped a free-kick just over the bar.

Tilt then had Blackpool’s best opportunity inside the first half-hour, rising high at a corner before seeing his header cleared off the line. Dodoo then had sight on goal with a free-kick, however he was unable to get his dipping effort to hit the target.

Half-Time: Walsall 0 Blackpool 0

The Seasiders made a change after the interval, introducing Liam Feeney for Joe Dodoo. It almost had an instant impact, with the substitute going close with a header at the back stick.

The former Blackburn Rovers man was denied by ‘keeper Liam Roberts soon after, with Mark Cullen firing wide on the rebound.

It was proving to be a good spell of pressure from The Seasiders, who went close again through Michael Nottingham.

With 15 minutes of the game to go, Harry Pritchard and Armand Gnanduillet both stepped up off the bench for Jordan Thompson and Mark Cullen.

Pritchard was the man who had an opportunity to break the deadlock with five minutes of normal time remaining, however his strike took a deflection before being saved.

Nathan Delfouneso was about to wheel away in celebration after rounding the ‘keeper and finding the net in the 90th minute, though the assistant on the near side called his run as offside.

In the end, Blackpool finished their third consecutive away fixture in the league with a point and a clean sheet.

Full-Time: Walsall 0 Blackpool 0 

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