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Pool Draw At Walsall

Walsall
1 - 1
Blackpool

Banks Stadium

23/01/16

Attendance: 5,022

Referee:

The Seasiders earned an impressive point away at high flying Walsall Danny Philliskirk's late equaliser kept Pool out of the relegation zone.

Neil McDonald named the same team that beat Scunthorpe 5-0 the previous game which looked a good decision as Pool pushed for an early goal.

Jack Redshaw created a chance for himself not long after kick off and produced a good save from Neil Etheridge.

Redshaw again threatened soon after, this time it was Hayden White who created a chance for the former Morecambe man who again forced a save from Etheridge.

The Tangerines had all the chances in the first half and Brad Potts had a couple of efforts, the second producing another stop from Etheridge.

Walsall hadn't played nearly as well as they have for most of the season in the first half but the second saw big improvements on their behalf.

Anthony Forde had two brilliant chances to put the home side ahead, the first producing a low save from Colin Doyle and the next forcing the experienced stopper into a great one handed save.

Uche Ikpeazu made his debut just after the hour mark in place of Mark Yeates but the change didn't make an impact on Pool's fortunes as Doyle continued to be tested, this time by Tom Bradshaw.

The home side took the lead not long after, but from Blackpool's perspective it was certainly an avoidable goal.

Taylor's low cross bypassed many of the Tangerine defence and was turned in by Demetriou at the back post.

Though Blackpool responded well and Ikpeazu nearly levelled matters when he held off his man and fired an effort at the near post only for it to be turned behind.

Cullen was also introduced in the second half and he nearly equalised when he shot wide, though Doyle was keeping Pool in the game as he denied Sam Mantom a goal.

The Tangerines continued to attack and the reward finally came with a slice of luck in the 94th minute as Ikpeazu's free kick deflected off the wall and fell perfectly to Philliskirk who simply had to roll the ball into the open net to bring the score to 1-1.

A draw away at one of the division's top sides is a good result for the Seasiders and they did very well to avoid losing the game.

It was also good to see the side attack more and create more chances for themselves than we've seen in many games this season.

Next up is Sheffield United at home, a game that could certainly be won.

Star Player

Colin Doyle, whilst Pool were decent going forward, the keeper put in another MOTM performance and kept his side in the game


Writer:Dan Bennett
Date:Sunday January 24 2016
Time: 4:31PM

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