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Report: Blackpool 3 Everton 3

22 August 2020

Neil Critchley's men were held to a 3-3 draw by Everton in their latest pre-season friendly at Bloomfield Road.

Blackpool came firing out of the blocks early. Everton cleared their lines from an Ethan Robson corner before Blackpool regained possession. CJ Hamilton was then slipped in-behind the Everton defence; he made no mistake and guided a shot beyond Jordan Pickford and into the far corner.

Neil Critchley’s side wanted more, and just moments later, they had another. Jerry Yates’ shot was blocked on the edge of the area, before falling to the feet of Sullay Kaikai who hit a beautifully guided shot into the bottom left corner.

With hardly any time to catch a breath, Blackpool had a third. Another blocked shot this time fell to Grant Ward on the edge of the area, he set his sights on goal and hit a well driven shot past Pickford in the Everton goal.

Every chance seemed to turn into a goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson whipped a corner into the area where Dominic Calvert-Lewin was waiting to nod in from close range to pull a goal back for the visitors.

It was turning out to be a relentless half. Marvin Ekpiteta and Calvert-Lewin were in a foot race, they both tangled, and the referee pointed to the spot. Sigurdsson stepped up and slotted the ball down the middle of Maxwell’s goal.

The game started to calm down as we approached the final 10 minutes of the half with both sides having chances.

First, Yates laid Hamilton off on the edge of the area with his shot going well wide of the post before Moise Kean’s cross flashed across the face of goal and away from danger.

Half-Time: Blackpool 3-2 Everton

The second 45 started in a much calmer fashion with both sides looking to get the ball down and play. Ethan Robson had two corners cleared before the Seasiders also cleared one themselves to keep the game level.

Critchley’s men nearly had a fourth. A tremendous free-kick from Kaikai found Ekpiteta at the back post, he nodded the ball down into the six-yard-box only for Michael Keane to clear for the visitors.  

The Toffees were starting to get on the ball a little more. Yannick Bolasie found Theo Walcott bursting through the middle only for the Englishman to be brought down on the edge of the area. Sigurdsson lined the set-piece up and hit a venomous strike into the top corner.

As we entered the final 10 minutes, the Seasiders nearly grabbed a fourth. Nathan Shaw cut in from the right onto his left foot and whipped a teasing cross in towards Gary Madine, but Jonas Lossl was there to tip the ball behind for a corner. The set-piece was then headed behind by Oliver Sarkic for an Everton goal-kick.

Down the other end Maxwell had to be on hand to deny the Toffees. Niels Nkounkou worked some space for himself to unleash a palm stinging shot, but Maxwell stood firm to deny him.

Full-Time: Blackpool 3-3 Everton

Starting XI: Maxwell, Husband, Ekpiteta, Nottingham, Turton, Robson, Anderson, Kaikai, Ward, Hamilton, Yates.

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