Accrington Stanley came away from Bloomfield Road with all three points, thanks to a last gasp strike from Sean McConville.
Blackpool were the dominant side throughout, but just weren’t able to break down a stubborn Stanley defence, with the away side completing a classic smash and grab victory right at the death.
Four minutes into the first half, the Seasiders caught Accrington sleeping with a blistering counter-attack.
Nathan Delfouneso picked up the ball and set off with Jordan Thompson in support. Delfouneso played the ball at the perfect timing, setting Thompson through on goal but just before the midfielder was about to let fly, Jerome Opoku made a great sliding challenge to take the ball from under Thompson from just 15 yards out.
Less than ten minutes later, there were big claims for a Blackpool penalty after a coming together between Jordan Thompson and Accrington’s Sam Finley. No penalty was given and both players were shown a yellow card for a coming together following the challenge.
Moments later Jak Alnwick was forced into an impromptu save after Dion Charles took aim from 20 yards out. Alnwick immediately pulled up with what looked like an injury to his wrist and despite carrying on for ten minutes, the 26-year-old wasn’t able to continue. Jack Sims was brought on as his replacement to make his Blackpool debut.
Just 60 seconds later, the Seasiders had the ball in the back of the net through Sullay Kaikai’s stabbing effort following a defensive mix up in the Accrington backline. The stadium erupted in celebration, but the goal was ruled out, with the linesman judging Kaikai to have been in an offside position and the scores remained goalless.
With two minutes of the first half remaining, Blackpool were forced into making another substitution – Sullay Kaikai pulled up and was replaced by Sean Scannell.
With half-time looming, Jack Sims made amends following a poor Ben Heneghan back pass which put Offrande Zanzala through. The forward’s effort was poor though, and Sims was able to gather well, with that being the last action of the first 45 minutes.
Half Time: Blackpool 0 Accrington Stanley 0
Both sides were really pushing for that opening goal throughout the second half, and despite the score being goalless, it was an entertaining affair in front of almost 10,000 fans.
With 20 minutes of the second half gone, Sean Scannell played a lovely cross from the left hand side with the outside of his right foot. Nathan Delfouneso was ready to pounce on it, but for a great intervention by Accrington’s Mark Hughes.
Despite Blackpool’s best efforts, they couldn’t find that winner. As 90 minutes struck, Sean McConville sealed the win for Accrington with an unmarked header from 15 yards out, sparking jubilant scenes in the away end.
Full Time: Blackpool 0 Accrington Stanley 1
Team: Alnwick (Sims, 29’), Edwards, Heneghan, Delfouneso, Spearing, Kaikai (Scannell, 44’), Feeney (Nuttall, 79’), Thompson, Turton, Gnanduillet, Husband.
Subs: Tilt, Virtue, Guy, Macdonald.