Blackpool FC vs ASFC

League 2
vs
14/04/2017
Score: 0 - 0

Match Report

Goalkeeper Marek Rodak helped to extend Stanley’s unbeaten run to 14 games with a penalty save at fellow play-off contenders Blackpool.

The Fulham on loan stopped dived low to keep out Kyle Vassell’s spot kick after Seamus Conneely was judged to have fouled Jack Payne.

The goalless draw keeps Stanley in 12th place – four points outside the play-offs with four games to play – with more than 1,000 visiting fans cheering the Reds on.

Chances were limited in a cagey first half where both teams cancelled each other out.

Billy Kee had an early chance when he got on the end of Sean McConville’s free kick but he headed wide.

At the other end former Stanley defender Tom Aldred sent a diving header just over for Blackpool while Kelvin Mellor headed into Rodak’s arms at the far post.

The Seasiders forced a number of corners while defender Harvey Rodgers went on a mazy run but his final shot was over the bar.

Blackpool should have taken the lead on 37 minute when they broke from a Stanley corner and Bright Osayi-Samuel raced onto the ball but, six yards out, fired wide.

Wideman McConville had a great chance to give Stanley the lead before the interval  when he got the ball to the left of the area unmarked but he fired wide.

Stanley were lively after the restart where Matty Pearson had a strike cleared off the line by Aldred while Jordan Clark’s header was held onto at the second attempt by Sam Slocombe.

Blackpool had a couple of penalty appears rejected by referee Mark Brown with the game wide open.

Hull loanee Rodgers went on another mazy run into the area but was tackled as he lined up to shoot six yards out while Pool sub Jordan Flores fired straight at Rodak after a quick breakaway.

Vassell then saw his penalty saved before there was chaos in the 88th minute when Pearson raced free, keeper Sam Slocombe came out to the edge of the area and tried to grab the ball, the referee had the whistle in his mouth but seemingly played advantage and the chance disappeared much to all the visiting contingent’s bemusement.

Kee could have got a superb winner in injury time with a long range effort which was inches over the bar while Mellor hit the post for Blackpool with the last action of the game as the points were shared.

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