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Report: Barrow 0 Blackpool 3

Delfouneso and Gnanduillet On Target In Another Pre-Season Victory

20 July 2019

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet saw Blackpool record a 3-0 victory at Barrow, as Ian Evatt made his final career appearance.

Delfouneso put Blackpool ahead in the first-half at Holker Street, before Gnanduillet and an own goal from Connor Brown in the second-half secured the win.

It was a very competitive game throughout though, however the biggest cheer of the afternoon came for former Pool favourite Evatt, who made an appearance as a striker for the last six minutes.

Ryan Hardie, making his first outing since arriving from Rangers, had Blackpool’s first opportunity of the game, running off his man before firing straight at Barrow goalkeeper Joel Dixon.

A minute later, the Seasiders opened the scoring. Sullay Kaikai cut in from the left and floated the ball across the box for Nathan Delfouneso to nod in, just like he did at AFC Fylde in midweek.

Despite falling behind, Barrow dictated a lot of the possession and created a few opportunities of their own. Jason Taylor placed a 20-yard effort just wide, while Byron Harrison headed over the bar.

Blackpool, operating with a makeshift defence that had Nick Anderton at centre-back and Callum Guy at right-back, continued to be put under pressure. A great touch from Jack Hindle saw him run in behind Marc Bola before being denied by a well-timed Chris Mafoumbi tackle.

Sullay Kaikai had two good chances to double Blackpool’s advantage prior to the break, though he was prevented on both occasions by Barrow ‘keeper Joel Dixon.

Half-Time: Barrow 0 Blackpool 1

Six minutes after the restart, Armand Gnanduillet doubled Blackpool’s advantage. The French striker charged down an attempted clearance from Dixon and remained composed to slot in.

Jack Hindle tried to reduce arrears quickly, however he was denied by a good save from Mafoumbi.

Byron Harrison appealed for a penalty when going down inside the Blackpool area, yet the referee turned the appeals down.

That didn’t deter Barrow though, as they continued to push for a way back into the encounter. A low drive from Lewis Hardcastle had to be turned behind the post by the busier Mafoumbi.  

As the clock hit the 84th minute, Ian Evatt came on against the Seasiders for a farewell career appearance and he opted to do so by going up front.

After watching Sullay Kaikai go close to giving Blackpool a three-goal advantage, Evatt made a run into the six-yard box for Barrow but Morgan Penfold’s delivery was well defended against.

The Seasiders then got that third. Jordan Thompson’s free-kick was diverted into the back of the net by the head of Connor Brown, who scored an unfortunate own goal.  

Team: Mafoumbi, Guy, Edwards, Anderton, Bola, Spearing, Thompson, Kaikai, Delfouneso, Hardie (Watkinson 77), Gnanduillet

Meanwhile, Altrincham came back from behind to beat another Blackpool side 2-1 at Moss Lane. Ben Tollitt scored for the Seasiders.  

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