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Report: Blackpool 0 Blackburn Rovers 2

Championship Side Claim Victory In Pre-Season Run Out

27 July 2019

Blackpool’s pre-season campaign ended in a 2-0 defeat at home to Championship side Blackburn Rovers, with goals coming from Adam Armstrong and Ben Brereton.

It was Blackpool’s opponents who set the marker down early on, with striker Adam Armstrong finding the top corner with an 18-yard curler.

Armand Gnanduillet had a glorious chance to level matters seven minutes later, however he blazed over after great link-up play between Sullay Kaikai and Nathan Delfouneso.

From a Blackburn perspective, Danny Graham was making himself a handful and could have doubled the visitors’ advantage just past the half-hour mark. Fortunately, he fired Armstrong’s square ball wide.

Jak Alnwick, making his first appearance in a Pool shirt, rushed off his line to win the ball ahead of Sam Gallagher, prior to the same player heading over the bar a minute later.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Blackburn Rovers 1

An outstretched leg from Christian Walton prevented Michael Nottingham from scoring a Blackpool equaliser just after the restart. The defender had previously done well to burst into the box and play a one-two with Jay Spearing.

Sullay Kaikai, looking lively throughout, thought he was about to find the target with a shot from 20-yards, however a vital block saw his strike loop over the bar.

On the hour mark, Blackpool introduced James Husband, Liam Feeney and Ryan Hardie for Nick Anderton, Armand Gnanduillet and Michael Nottingham, while Joe Rothwell and John Buckley replaced Bradley Dack and Danny Graham for Blackburn.

It was Feeney who almost made an instant impact on the game, whipping a dangerous ball across the six-yard box that just evaded Kaikai.

After a raft of further Blackburn changes, the visitors made it 2-0. Jak Alnwick was unable to keep hold of a low driven free-kick from Richie Smallwood, and that allowed Ben Brereton to pounce.

That goal prompted Blackpool to make another three changes for the final 10 minutes, as Callum Guy, Harry Pritchard and Jamie Devitt replaced Jay Spearing, Sullay Kaikai and Nathan Delfouneso.

Ryan Hardie, introduced after the hour mark, raced clear down the left and looked to create himself an opening to pull a goal back, however he dragged his strike wide of the far post.

All attention now turns to the league opener against Bristol Rovers next weekend.

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Blackburn Rovers 2

Team: Alnwick, Nottingham (Feeney 61), Edwards, Tilt, Anderton (Husband 61), Turton, Spearing (Guy 80), Thompson, Delfouneso (Devitt 80), Kaikai (Pritchard 80), Gnanduillet (Hardie 61)

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