Report: Hull City 1 Blackpool 1
Blackpool took a point to show for their efforts in a 1-1 draw at ten man Hull City.
Shayne Lavery's first-half strike looked to have secured a third straight league win for Blackpool, but the ten men of Hull fought back with an equaliser on 84 minutes from Tom Eaves.
With just over 20 minutes gone, Shayne Lavery was put through on goal from Keshi Anderson, who's smart little pass released the striker. Lavery took a touch and shot at goal from just in the box, but the effort was charged down and cleared away from the Hull defence.
With half an hour gone, Hull had the best chance of the half. Chris Maxwell made a rare mistake in a passback which fell straight to Malik Wilks. The Hull forward was surrounded by Blackpool players instantly and couldn't make the room for the shot until Maxwell recovered and was back in goal. A mix-up between Andy Cannon and Wilks followed, with both Hull players going for the loose ball, only for it to bounce clear, with Blackpool given a big let-off.
Despite that chance for Hull, Blackpool continued to create half chances at goal. Demetri Mitchell cut inside onto his left foot on 35 minutes, and shot at goal, with Matt Ingram fumbling a save. The ball fell to Shayne Lavery, but a Hull defender got there before the striker and cleared away.
Lavery is a man in form though, and grabbed his seventh goal of the season on 42 minutes to give Blackpool the lead. A Demetri Mitchell cross from the left after a good knock down from Gary Madine found Lavery who smartly smashed the ball into the roof of the net with a first time touch and Blackpool took a lead into the break.
Half-time: Hull City 0 Blackpool 1
Hull knew they needed that important equaliser and were getting into threatening positions throughout the second half, but Blackpool were strong and determined in defence throughout. Richard Keogh threw his body on the line to block a shot after a corner was headed away, with the experienced defender there to clear away the danger.
As the half wore on, Blackpool were creating chances to extend their lead. Keshi Anderson let fly from distance, but saw his effort go wide of the goal.
With ten minutes remaining, Hull were reduced to ten men after Lewie Coyle was shown a second yellow card, after pulling Shayne Lavery back and the hosts had to fight for the rest of the match with a man down.
Despite their disadvantage in man power, Hull found an equaliser through Tom Eaves, who bundled home a cross from the left after being left unmarked at the back post, and despite Blackpool's late effort to find a winner, the score ended 1-1.
Full-time: Hull City 1 Blackpool 1
Starting XI: Maxwell, Sterling, Ekpiteta, Keogh, Garbutt, Wintle, Dougall, Mitchell (62' Bowler), Anderson, Madine (70' Yates), Lavery (84' John-Jules).
Substitutes Not Used: Moore, Connolly, Husband, Stewart.