Report: Blackpool 1 Middlesbrough 2

Blackpool suffered late heartbreak on Wednesday evening in a 2-1 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.

Andraz Sporar's goal on the hour mark gave the hosts the lead, but Shayne Lavery's late strike looked to have nicked a point for Pool, but Middlesbrough had the last laugh when Duncan Watmore scored a winner in the dying seconds to send the visitors home with all three points.

Despite the wonderful atmosphere generated by both sets of supporters, it was a quiet start to the match. Middlesbrough had a good opportunity on ten minutes, with Paddy McNair's cross from the right met by Marcus Tavernier, but the effort went wide of the goal by some distance.

As the game progressed, the main action was taking place in the middle of the field, with both sides struggling to break down stubborn defences.

However, James Husband did well on 30 minutes to keep the ball alive at the byline and feed in a great ball to Jerry Yates about eight yards from goal, but the defender just got a touch on the ball before the Blackpool striker could, and it was cleared away.

At the other end five minutes later, Marvin Ekpiteta threw his body on the line to deny a certain goal from a first-time shot from Andraz Sporar.

Onel Hernandez was then clean through on goal after Richard Keogh's clearance came off a Middlesbrough man to head back towards goal. Under pressure from Keogh, Hernandez took the shot, but it was superbly denied by Dan Grimshaw in the Blackpool goal with a strong save.

Middlesbrough were pushing for a late goal to end the half, but it wasn't to be, and the sides went in for the break goalless.

Half-time: Blackpool 0 Middlesbrough 0

Blackpool thought they'd found the back of the net minutes after the restart. A lovely little pass from Keshi Anderson on the edge of the area teed up Callum Connolly, who took a touch and fired at goal from just outside the area. His shot took a deflection en route to goal, bobbling just past the far post and out for a corner, which came to nothing. 

On the hour mark, Onel Hernandez did well for the visitors to curl an effort at goal from the edge of the area, but it went just wide.

Minutes later, Middlesbrough took the lead. Isiah Jones found the space pin the area to get to the byline and play in a cross to Andraz Sporar, who flicked the ball behind him and over the line.

Blackpool were pushing for a crucial equaliser, with Marvin Ekpiteta heading at goal from a corner kick, but the effort was held by the Middlesbrough goalkeeper.

Callum Connolly then smacked a header against the post minutes later, after a corner kick was whipped in, with Blackpool really applying the pressure to grab the important equaliser.

And they got that equalsier in additional time through substitute Shayne Lavery, who took a touch after some great play and slotted the ball past the goalkeeper from the edge of the area, with the ball coming off the post and over the line.

With the Seasiders thinking they'd gained a deserved point, the visitors had other ideas. Watmore slotting home a low cross from the right to ensure it was Boro who snatched the win in the final moments of the game in a dramatic ending to the match.

Full-time: Blackpool 1 Middlesbrough 2
Starting XI: Grimshaw, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Keogh (88' Mitchell) , Gretarsson (73' Bowler), Husband, Connolly, Dougall, Anderson, Yates (73' Lavery), Madine.
Substitutes Not Used: Moore, Casey, Mariette, Hamilton.

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