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Report: Blackpool 2 Lincoln City 1

Scannell and Thompson On Target In Victory

27 September 2019

First-half goals from Sean Scannell and Jordan Thompson helped Blackpool beat Lincoln City 2-1 at Bloomfield Road.

The pair struck inside a frantic opening 25-minute period, which also saw Jack Payne pull one back for the visitors.  

It was Lincoln’s on-loan Nottingham Forest forward Tyler Walker who had the first opportunity of the game, cutting inside and forcing a save out of Jak Alnwick.

Minutes later, Blackpool opened the scoring. Sean Scannell, making his first league start since signing for the club, latched onto a cut-back from Liam Feeney and rifled the ball into the top corner.

The Seasiders then had Alnwick to thank again for preserving the lead, as he scampered across goal to push away an 18-yard drive from Jack Payne.

At the other end, Armand Gnanduillet was frustrated to nod over the bar when left unmarked from a Liam Feeney corner.

Then came an individual bit of brilliance. Jordan Thompson picked up the ball off Feeney on the edge of the box, nutmegged his marker and curled the ball into the far corner to put Blackpool two goals up.

The visitors weren’t affected by that goal though and quickly reduced the deficit. A cross into the box deflected into the path of Jack Payne, who blasted the ball into the net.

Blackpool were then forced to scramble when a Ben Heneghan clearance rebounded off Matty Virtue and presented a chance to Payne again. He was denied by Alnwick and then Harry Toffolo hit an effort that just evaded Walker at the back post.

Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Lincoln City 1

Immediately after the restart, Armand Gnanduillet went close to restoring Pool’s two-goal advantage. His rasping strike deflected off a defender and bobbled just past the post.

Lincoln skipper Jason Shackell looked to level the scores up at the other end when he met an in-swinging free-kick, only to head wide of the target.

With the game calming down a little, manager Simon Grayson opted to make a double change. Callum Guy and Calum Macdonald were the players to come on, replacing Matty Virtue and Sean Scannell.

Jordan Thompson then had a glorious chance to score his second and Blackpool’s third when he latched onto a knock-down from Gnanduillet eight-yards out. Unfortunately, he was denied at point-blank range by Lincoln ‘keeper Josh Vickers.

The visitors, pushing for that equaliser, watched Tyler Walker fire wide from just inside the area.

Some defensive resilience was now required from Blackpool to see the result out, which they duly did, despite another chance falling to Walker in the 95th minute.

Team: Alnwick, Turton, Heneghan, Tilt, Husband, Spearing, Virtue (Guy 62), Thompson, Feeney, Scannell (Macdonald 62), Gnanduillet

Not Used: Mafoumbi, Bushiri, Edwards, Shaw, Hardie

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