Report: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 2
Blackpool secured their first away victory of the season, in a come-from-behind win at Middlesbrough.
The hosts led at half-time through Marcus Tavernier's strike, but a Marvin Ekpiteta goal and an own goal from Grant Hall secured a crucial three points for the Seasiders in fantastic fashion.
It was Middlesbrough who took the lead on eight minutes. A ball was whipped into the back post towards Lee Peltier, who's flick on went back into the mix to the unmarked Marcus Tavernier, who was able to bundle the ball home. Despite Pool claims for what appeared to be offside, the referee allowed the goal to stand.
At the other end, Blackpool were threatening early on. Ryan Wintle played in a lovely cross from deep, which came off a Middlesbrough and fell directly into the path of Tyreece John-Jules. The forward took a touch, moved the ball onto his left foot and shot at goal, but the effort went over the bar.
Andraz Sporar his the corner of the goal with a volley minutes later, after a bit of pressure from Middlesbrough, but the ball thankfully bounced off the woodwork and clear.
As the half wore on, Blackpool were creating half-chances at goal, but it was Middlesbrough who went into the half-time break in the lead.
Half-time: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 0
Blackpool began the second half brightly and had a good chance in the opening 60 seconds. The overlapping Dujon Sterling fired in a great cross from the right to the front pair of John-Jules and Lavery, with the former heading at goal. He just mistimed his jump though, with the ball going wide of the post.
With 55 minutes on the clock, Blackpool took a corner short and played it to Luke Garbutt, who recycled the ball back into the mi. The cross caused havoc for Middlesbrough, with the ball bouncing around the penalty area. Shayne Lavery stabbed an effort at goal, with the ball smacking the against the posting bouncing clear.
The Seasiders grabbed a deserved equaliser just after the hour mark, with the two centre-halves combining well for the goal. Richard Keogh clipped a ball forward to his team mate at the back, Marvin Ekpiteta, who controlled the ball, turned his man and fired past the goalkeeper to make it one apiece.
And Blackpool took the lead with 15 minutes remaining, courtesy of an own goal from Pool man, Grant Hall. A corner kick was swung in, and Hall inadvertently knocked the ball past his own goalkeeper, and Blackpool took what was a deserved equaliser in dramatic fashion.
Minutes later, Middlesbrough hit the bar through Martin Payrero with a curling effort from distance, as Neil Warnock's men were pushing for an equaliser.
But Blackpool held firm and secured a wonderful three points in front of a buoyant away crowd, as the Seasiders secured a second win over Middlesbrough of the season in all competitions.
Full-time: Middlesbrough 1 Blackpool 2
Starting XI: Maxwell, Sterling, Keogh, Ekpiteta, Garbutt, Dougall, Wintle, Bowler (90' Gabriel), Anderson, John-Jules (70' Madine), Lavery (85' Yates).
Substitutes Not Used: Grimshaw, Connolly, Husband, Carey.