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Report: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 2

Delfouneso and Gnanduillet On Target In Victor

26 January 2019

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet helped Blackpool secure a 2-0 victory against Coventry City.

The pair both struck shortly after half-time, as The Seasiders registered their first ever away win at The Ricoh Arena.

The result, coming after a much-improved second-half display, made it seven points from a possible nine for Terry McPhillips’ side.  

Ollie Turton made a welcome return to the team for the game, while Nick Anderton and Nathan Delfouneso also started. Callum Guy missed out due to injury and Chris Long was a late withdrawal with a tight hamstring.

The Seasiders lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, which saw Marc Bola and Jordan Thompson occupy the wide midfield spots.

However, it was the hosts who were getting the most joy in the opening stages, retaining possession better than Blackpool.

Luke Thomas tried his luck from distance for The Sky Blues, though Christoffer Mafoumbi did well to push his curling effort away from danger.

Next to go close was Conor Chaplin, who nodded wide at the back post. The ex-Portsmouth man was in acres of space and probably should have put Coventry in front.

Most of the joy Coventry were getting was coming down Blackpool’s left, getting round Bola and Anderton. After an initial cut back had been cleared, Zain Westbrooke saw a 20-yard strike deflect narrowly wide.

Soon after, a tactical change was made. Liam Feeney was introduced off the bench for Anderton and that allowed Bola to move back to his natural position in defence.

Despite that, Blackpool had to rely on Christoffer Mafoumbi again to keep the scores level, as he turned behind another strike from Westbrooke.

Half-Time: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 0

With a better second-half showing required, Blackpool found the net two minutes after restart. Curtis Tilt nodded a Jordan Thompson free-kick back across goal and Nathan Delfouneso was there to knock the ball in near the line.

That lead was soon doubled, as Armand Gnanduillet made it double figures for the season. The Frenchman brought down a long ball from Curtis Tilt, held off the challenge of the defender and arrowed his strike into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

The Seasiders then had Christoffer Mafoumbi to thank for retaining the two-goal cushion, as he denied Jordy Hiwula with his feet. The ‘keeper saved from the same man again moments later.

Ollie Turton, back from an eight-match injury absence, bowed out in the 73rd minute to be replaced by Harry Pritchard.

Meanwhile, Coventry threw Jonson Clarke-Harris on, who glanced a header just wide of the target on two occasions.

Amadou Bakayoko dragged a shot wide as the hosts continued to push for a way back, however Blackpool saw the result out comfortably following five minutes of added time.

Full-Time: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 2

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