Ten man Blackpool battled their way to a hard earned point at Burton Albion, following an entertaining 0-0 stalemate at the Pirelli Stadium.
The Seasiders were good value for money, despite Curtis Tilt’s second yellow card early in the second half, and did well to match Burton for large parts of the game, being a man down.
Just two minutes were on the clock when the defender received his first yellow card for a challenge on Burton’s number nine, Nathan Broadhead.
The first real chance of the half for Blackpool came on 16 minutes. A cross from deep found Tuesday night’s goal-scorer, Ben Heneghan, at the back post. The defender headed across goal to find an entirely unmarked Matty Virtue, but the midfielder couldn’t sort his feet out in time, with the ball sent over O’Hara’s goal from just six yards out.
The Seasiders could very well have lived to regret missing that chance just three minutes later, as Burton’s in-form central midfielder, Scott Fraser, took aim with a powerful effort from distance. Thankfully, Jak Alnwick stood firm and was able to make a superb save to his left and tip the ball over for a corner kick.
There were half-chances at either end in the final 20 minutes of the first half, with the best falling once again to Blackpool.
Sullay Kaikai was left free in the penalty area with a header at goal following a Virtue cross on the right, but it fell straight into O’Hara’s hands.
Half-Time: Burton Albion 0 Blackpool 0
Just five minutes had passed in the second half when the Tangerines went down to ten men - Curtis Tilt was shown a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on the far side of the pitch, and could have no real complaints about going for an early bath.
The Tangerines had to soak up a good deal of pressure after going down to ten men, but they did create a couple of chances at the other end which, on another day, could very well have been all the difference.
The home side were caught on the counter-attack on 65 minutes, as Jay Spearing drove the ball forward with Gnanduillet in support to make it two versus three. Spearing played the ball to Gnanduillet, with the forward returning the pass immediately. But for the last ditch clearance by a Burton defender, the club captain would have had a clear chance at goal.
As time passed, Burton really put the Seasiders under pressure, and substitute Liam Boyce could have given them the lead with his first touch. A corner kick was whipped in and it hit Boyce at the near-post, but Jak Alnwick was there yet again to block the ball away.
Five minutes remained and Liam Boyce had another effort on goal for the home side. David Templeton’s cross from the left-hand side found a leaping Boyce, but his effort went over Alnwick’s goal.
Then, in the final two minutes, Armand Gnanduillet had a fantastic opportunity to snatch all three points for the Seasiders.
The forward used all of his power and strength to weave past four Burton players with ease and go clear through on goal. With Kieran O’Hara closing down in the Burton goal, and the angle getting even tighter, Gnanduillet lifted the ball over the on-rushing goalkeeper towards the goal, but it agonisingly clipped the far post.
Another good point and clean sheet on the road for Blackpool, who welcome in-form Peterborough United to Bloomfield Road next Saturday.
Full-Time: Burton Albion 0 Blackpool 0
Team: Alnwick, Heneghan, Delfouneso, Spearing, Kaikai, Feeney (62’ Gnanduillet), Thompson, Tilt, Virtue (59’ Edwards), Turton, Husband
Not Used: Sims, Bushiri, Scannell, Nuttall, Guy