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Report: Blackpool 2 Fleetwood Town 1

Late Delfouneso Winner Secures All Three Points

22 April 2019

A last-gasp goal from Nathan Delfouneso saw Blackpool secure all three points in a 2-1 victory against Fleetwood Town.

The second-half substitute struck deep into added time, firing in after Armand Gnanduillet had struck the post.

In a game full of drama, it was The Seasiders who had earlier taken the lead in the fixture, with Jay Spearing converting from the spot.

However, Fleetwood replied within six minutes of that goal through Ched Evans, who nodded in at the back post.

With 15 minutes to go, the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Nathan Sheron was dismissed for a bad challenge on Matty Virtue.

Blackpool finally made that man advantage count with just a minute of additional time remaining, with the result taking the club past last season’s points tally of 60.  

Manager Terry McPhillips made two changes to the side that drew at Scunthorpe United, with Michael Nottingham replacing the injured Ollie Turton and Chris Long facing his former club at the expense of Antony Evans.

It was the visitors who made the brighter start, though. An in-swinging cross wasn’t dealt with and that allowed Wes Burns an opportunity inside two minutes. Fortunately, he fired wide.

Blackpool responded with a great effort from Armand Gnanduillet. The Frenchman muscled his way into the box and was denied by Alex Cairns at full stretch.

Chris Long almost found himself room to shoot after chasing knock-downs from Ben Heneghan and Curtis Tilt, however Cairns managed to pounce both times and claim the ball.

At the other end, Ched Evans peeled off his man and blasted a shot into the side-netting from a tight angle.

On the half-hour mark, Blackpool were awarded a penalty. Nya Kirby was fouled by James Husband just inside the area, allowing captain Jay Spearing to smash the spot-kick into the back of the net.

The lead for Blackpool only lasted six minutes though, as Ched Evans was left unmarked to head in an equaliser at the back post.

A two-on-one situation could have seen The Seasiders re-take the lead prior to the interval, yet Armand Gnanduillet failed to slip strike partner Long through on goal.

Half-Time: Blackpool 1 Fleetwood Town 1

Paddy Madden rose above his man shortly after the re-start to try and give the visitors the lead, however he nodded over the bar.

Madden the had another opportunity to put Fleetwood ahead, though it took a fine stop from Mafoumbi to deny him this time round.

Blackpool’s first chance of the second-half fell to Nya Kirby on the edge of the box but he was unable to strike the ball cleanly.

Chris Long then thought he’d put The Seasiders 2-1 up, only to be flagged offside after latching on to the end of a Curtis Tilt header.

Just after the hour mark, Blackpool made their first change. Nathan Delfouneso was the man to come on, replacing Jordan Thompson.

Moments after Delfouneso had dragged a shot wide, the visitors were reduced to 10-men. Nathan Sheron went over the ball and fouled Matty Virtue, resulting in a red card. Virtue was unable to continue due to the injury and was replaced by Harry Pritchard.

It was Fleetwood who were next to threaten though, with a vital block from Michael Nottingham required to block off a half-volley from Ched Evans.

Antony Evans, who had come on moments earlier, had an opportunity with a free-kick from 25-yards, however he fired it straight into the Fleetwood wall.

With time running out and five minutes going up on the fourth official’s board, Nathan Delfouneso was given the opportunity to become the hero, pouncing on Gnanduillet’s chipped effort that hit the post to give Blackpool the win.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Fleetwood Town 1

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