Report: Blackpool 2-1 Millwall

BLACKPOOL substitute Nathan Delfouneso denied Millwall a point with a stoppage-time winner at Bloomfield Road.

James Henry had given the Lions the lead with a goal scored direct from a corner but Thomas Ince drew the home side level after the break.

But just when Kenny Jackett's side looked to have secured a deserved draw, Delfouneso struck to consign the visitors to their fourth straight league defeat.



Loan signing Benik Afobe was handed his debut up front after arriving from Arsenal on Friday alongside Rob Hulse, who was making his first start since joining from QPR.

Millwall could have gone ahead after just 28 seconds when Henry broke from midfield and played a through ball into the path of Martyn Woolford, but he pulled his shot wide.

Gary Taylor-Fletcher flashed an angled drive across the face of goal for the home side before Danny Shittu prodded Henry's corner the wrong side of the post at the other end.



After Tangerines winger Matt Phillips drilled a low effort into the side netting, the Lions went even closer to taking the lead when Hulse hit the post from Woolford's lost cross.

Woolford then had a volley charged down on the edge of the area but Millwall recycled possession and the ball eventually fell to Henry, who curled wide.

But Henry finally broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute when his corner from the right-hand side arrowed straight into the top corner, with 'keeper Mark Halstead caught in no man's land.

The former Reading man was at the forefront of every Lions attack and it was his pass that played in Hulse shortly before half-time, but the striker's delicate chip came back off the crossbar.

Hulse had Millwall's first effort on goal of the second period, heading Woolford's hanging cross into Halstead's arms after good work by Afobe on the halfway line.

But Blackpool drew level against the run of play just after the hour mark when Ince burst into a pocket of space on the edge of the area before dispatching a low shot into the bottom corner.

In the 72nd minute, Stephen Crainey thrashed a first-time drive inches wide of David Forde's right-hand post, although the Republic of Ireland stopper looked to have had the shot covered anyway.

The woodwork came to the Lions' rescue in the 84th minute when, after a goalmouth scramble and numerous blocked shots, Ince's ferocious drive clipped the bar and went over.

As the game entered its final stages, Millwall became more of a threat on the counter-attack and Henry drilled straight at Halstead after a promising break.

But they were hit by a sucker punch in stoppage time when Delfouneso battled his way past Smith and finished beyond Forde to give the Seasiders the lead.

There was still time for one late, late Millwall chance but Shane Lowry's ambitious half-volley smashed the bar deep into stoppage time.

Blackpool: Halstead, Baptiste, Cathcart, Broadfoot, Crainey, Angel, Basham, Gomes (Derbyshire, 58mins), Ince, Phillips (Delfouneso, 78mins), Taylor-Fletcher. Subs not used: Kettings, Wabara, Osbourne, Ferguson, Eccleston.

Millwall: Forde, A.Smith, Lowry, Abdou, Shittu, Beevers, Woolford (Feeney, 84mins), Trotter, Afobe (Keogh, 82mins), Hulse, Henry. Subs not used: M.Taylor, Dunne, Osborne, Marquis, Wright.

Alex Aldridge

(@accordingtoaldo)

17 thoughts on “Report: Blackpool 2-1 Millwall

  • February 9, 2013 at 17:34
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    Sounded like we were a bit unfortunate to lose the game on a poxy pitch! Need to win against peterborough.

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  • February 9, 2013 at 17:44
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    Yeah just sounds unlucky today,hit the woodwork twice, and not come away with a draw atleast,new players sound good,more positive then previous games, need to keep our heads up for nxt comin comes,get a run goin in the league again, and see of luton for a big team next round,COYL

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  • February 9, 2013 at 18:17
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    Unlucky by the sounds of it lets hope they can get the positives out of it and start keeping those 1-0 leads, they've cost us a lot of points this season so time to turn them in our favour.
    At least they was put under pressure and had the woodwork to thank a couple times. Would like to know how trotts played today,reading the write up it sounds like we created a good number of chances but no mention of him.
    Unlucky wall lets move on, sharpish.

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  • February 9, 2013 at 19:03
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    Fact is these late goals have cost us far too many points this season! We can never hold a goal lead its a joke! Unlucky or not we should have had the game won! Thomas Ince has scored 3 goals past us this season.... Think our midfield need a kick in the a***!!

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  • February 9, 2013 at 19:42
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    Ince is class. Better than Zaha IMO. Better end product so to blame our midfield for him scoring is harsh. We had enough chances to win the game, its finishing that's costing us dearly and has done since that fella from west brom mugged us off.

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    • February 9, 2013 at 22:18
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      Yeah ince is top drawer will undoubtedly get championship player of the yr. don't blame us for him scoring AGAIN, quality will always come through and there's no shame in admitting he done us again. I didn't go and haven't seen the goals so I can't comment on the midfield or who was to blame,at the end of the day we lost whilst being in front again which is a habbit we're struggling to break, but we WAS unlucky today no question about it. I hope time don't run out for KJ to find the right pairing cause we have got a really tough run of games coming up and will need everyone on top of their game otherwise we will be bang in trouble.

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    • February 10, 2013 at 09:57
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      Nah mate we were in complete control of the game when he scored and from what I've seen this past month we're relegation fodder! Liam trotter is one lazy c**t and I hope we get shot ASAP it's clear he doesn't want to play for us anymore!! For Ince's goal yday trotter made no effort at all to get back he barely broke in to a jog! So yes I can blame the midfield!!

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      • February 10, 2013 at 14:18
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        Nice one Berm I wondered why he wasn't mentioned in the write up, I think we might struggle to off load him mate we certainly won't be getting the silly money mentioned for him if he don't sort himself out, people will be watching him now to see what his attitude is like. I've seen enough of him and know what he can do on his day but also seen enough to know he can be lazy and go missing, it sounds as though he's got a dose of the marvin's (Eliot and Williams) good on their day but lazy as f*** and sulking when things don't go their way

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  • February 10, 2013 at 16:52
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    yeah,the midfield needs sorting, jimmy is a good grafter but coul'nt open up an evelope,josh good little passer but needs to bulk up and impose himself,as for trotter having a dose of the marvins, i'd rather have lee marvin.

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    • February 10, 2013 at 17:37
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      Haha or hank

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