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Another Late Show Saves Seasiders

Last season we conceded late goals left, right and centre... this season we can't stop scoring them!

With just minutes left of tonight's Championship clash against Coventry it looked like Blackpool were going to drop three points against the struggling Sky Blues, but late, late goals from Kevin Phillips and Gary Taylor-Fletcher saw 'Pool record yet another late turnaround and move into the playoff places.

After resting several faces at the weekend in the FA Cup, Ian Holloway brought back the big guns tonight with 'Pool lining up thus:

Gilks, Crainey, Evatt, Cathcart, Baptiste, Ferguson, Sylvestre, Taylor-Fletcher, Ince, M. Phillips, Lua Lua.

On the bench was new signing Roman Bednar along with Chris Basham, John Fleck, Nouha Dicko and Kevin Phillips.

The opening stages of the game were end to end, with both sides struggling to make their final ball count.

Coventry stopper Joe Murphy was called into action first though, making a low save from the lively Matt Phillips.

Phillips had Murphy beaten minutes later, but full back Cyrus Christie cleared off the line.

At the other end, Matt Gilks saved well from Gary McSheffrey before the Sky Blues stunned the Bloomers faithful on the hour when Conor Thomas poked the ball home with the 'Pool defence asleep.

Fleck and K. Phillips were then thrown on as the Seasiders looked to salvage on a result on a bitterly cold night, but it wasn't until the introduction of Roman Bednar that the Seasiders broke Coventry hearts.

With three minutes left, Bednar pulled the ball back from the right hand side and Kevin Phillips was on hand to turn the ball home.

A melee followed after the goal as 'Pool's attempts to take a quick restart were thwarted by Joe Murphy; Ian Evatt, GTF and Murphy were all booked for their part in the ruccus, with Evatt now facing a two game ban.

Matt Gilks then made a fine save before 'Pool broke down the other end and GTF tapped home the winner deep into the closing stages of the game after Matt Phillips' scuffed shot, leaving the Seasiders 6th in the table.

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Writer:Eamonn Moore
Date:Tuesday January 31 2012
Time: 11:20PM

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