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Report: Oxford United 0 Blackpool 2

20 March 2021

Blackpool made it four straight away wins for the first time since 2007, in a 2-0 win at Oxford United.

Both strikes were in the first 45 minutes, with Kenny Doigall and Dan Ballard securing the victory.

With 15 minutes on the clock, Blackpool had a good opportunity to take the lead. A corner was swung in from Sullay Kaikai with Dan Ballard rising highest to head at goal, only for Oxford’s Mark Sykes to acrobatically clear off the line.

It didn’t take long for Blackpool’s early dominance to come to fruition though, with Kenny Dougall grabbing his first goal for the Club just 60 seconds later. An in-swinging corner from Sullay Kaikai wasn’t cleared well, with Kenny Dougall free in the box to stab home and give Blackpool the lead.

Blackpool were looking impressive, though Mark Sykes went close for the hosts on the half hour mark with a powerful drive that whistled just wide of Chris Maxwell’s far post.

Sullay Kaikai had a good effort from just outside the area go just wide minutes later, after picking up the ball and driving at goal from the halfway line.

Blackpool were dominating but for some half chances for the hosts, and doubled their lead minutes from half-time. A corner kick was swung in from Sullay Kaikai, with Ballard rising highest once again to head home and give Blackpool a 2-0 lead at the interval.

Half-time: Oxford United 0 Blackpool 2

Oxford made two half-time changes in an effort to come back into the game, with Anthony Forde and Olamide Shodipo coming on.

The substitutions didn’t make an immediate impact for the hosts, with Blackpool looking to extend their lead further. Elliot Embleton looked to test the goalkeeper from range, but his effort went wide of the post.

Sullay Kaikai was then fed through on goal from Jerry Yates on the hour mark after a blistering Blackpool counter-attack, but Kaikai’s effort was well blocked from the onrushing goalkeeper.

With 20 minutes to go, Matty Virtue pulled up with an injury and Blackpool were forced into the first change of the game, with Jordan Gabriel coming on to replace him.

Some late chances for Blackpool to add a third followed, but Blackpool stood firm and resolute and secured a well-earned victory on the road.

Full-time: Oxford United 0 Blackpool 2

Team: Maxwell, Turton, Ballard, Thorniley, Garbutt, Virtue (68’ Gabriel), Dougall, Ward, Embleton (80’ Robson), Kaikai (90’ Mitchell), Yates (90’ Simms).

Subs Not Used: Moore, Antwi, Holmes.

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