Gary Madine’s last gasp winner earned Blackpool a dramatic third consecutive League One victory at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Jerry Yates opened the scoring for Critchley’s side inside 20 minutes after finishing emphatically inside the area. Despite Frankie Kent’s cruel equaliser, Gary Madine’s first League One goal of the season from CJ Hamilton’s cross earned the Seasiders a fully deserved three points.
Neil Critchley’s side were searching for their third consecutive win in League One at the Weston Homes Stadium. The Seasiders started in an initial 4-4-2 formation, with Jerry Yates partnering Gary Madine up front. Ethan Robson, Ben Woodburn and Dan Ballard all returned to the bench, with the latter coming off the back of international duty with Northern Ireland.
The visitors started strongly and had a golden opportunity to open the scoring inside five minutes. Sullay Kaikai’s pass found Jerry Yates in space inside the area, but the latter’s effort went agonisingly wide from eight yards out.
The Seasiders continued to put the pressure on in search of the opening goal. CJ Hamilton was a constant threat throughout on the right-hand side. The winger found Gary Madine in space outside the area, but the forward’s effort went just wide of Christy Pym’s post.
Critchley’s side eventually found the breakthrough just before the 20th minute mark. The ball fell to Yates inside the area, the forward then turned sharply and fired a low effort underneath Pym to give Blackpool a deserved lead at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Half-time: Peterborough United 0-1 Blackpool
The Seasiders started the second half as they started the first and had a good opportunity to double their advantage just before the hour mark. Grant Ward’s cross was neatly cushioned down by Madine into the path of Kaikai, but the latter lacked any conviction in his effort.
Neil Critchley made three changes in the hope of freshening up his side. Keshi Anderson almost made an immediate impact on his return from injury. He picked up the ball from Madine outside the area and fired a low effort towards goal, but Pym managed to deny the the midfielder his second goal of the season.
Despite Blackpool dominating throughout, Darren Ferguson’s side equalised with six minutes remaining. Siriki Dembele’s corner was met by Frankie Kent to pull the hosts level at the Weston Homes Stadium.
Though, Blackpool restored their lead in dramatic fashion late on. Hamilton’s inviting cross found Madine unmarked inside the area, before the forward controlled the ball and slotted his effort past Pym to give Critchley’s side a deserved three points in dramatic style.
Despite late pressure from the Posh after Jonson Clarke-Harris’ header came off the crossbar, Blackpool managed to hold on at the Weston Homes Stadium to claim a deserved three points.
Full-time: Peterborough United 1-2 Blackpool
Team: Maxwell, Turton, Ekpiteta, Grétarsson, Husband, Ward (Robson, 71’), Dougall, Kaikai (Woodburn, 71’), Yates (Anderson, 71’), Madine, Hamilton (Gabriel, 90’)
Subs: Sims, Mitchell, Ballard