Tom Ince scored both goals as Blackpool opened their Championship campaign with a 2-0 victory at Millwall.

Both sides had early chances with Gary Taylor-Fletcher curling just over the bar for the visitors while keeper Matt Gilks kept out Andy Keogh's volley.

Blackpool took the lead when Ince drifted in off his wing, played a one-two with Kevin Phillips and hit a deft right-foot shot into the bottom corner.

Ince made it 2-0 with a left-foot shot after outpacing the Lions defence.

It was a fine finish from the 20-year-old winger, the son of former England captain Paul, and capped a terrific individual performance in a game of many chances.

Millwall's Danny Shittu went close with a downward header from a corner before Keogh found himself one-on-one with Gilks, but the Blackpool keeper produced a fine reflex save to keep the game goalless.

At the other end, Maik Taylor saved twice from Phillips while also keeping out a Neal Eardley effort but he was powerless to stop Ince's opener.

Following the break, Millwall's Jack Smith missed the ball by a matter of inches after Keogh flicked on a James Henry cross.

And the home side were made to pay when Ince ran on to Taylor-Fletcher's lobbed ball over the top, out-sprinting the defence before finishing high into the net.

Josh Wright, who earlier volleyed wide, hit the side netting, while Darius Henderson headed on to the roof of the net as Millwall failed to score.

Millwall manager Kenny Jackett:

"It is a disappointing start. Ince was the difference, he sparked them and scored two very good goals. We put in some terrific crosses and the forwards created chances, but their centre backs defended very well.

"It was a couple of bits of brilliance from Ince which won it. We were a bit disjointed at the back. The distribution was poor and that could be better and needs to be worked on, and I think they were poor goals to concede."

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Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Millwall

  • 33 M Taylor
  • 03 Shittu (Dunne - 46' )
  • 12 Lowry
  • 18 Ward
  • 21 Smith (Feeney - 59' )
  • 28 Malone
  • 04 Wright
  • 06 Trotter
  • 14 Henry
  • 07 Henderson
  • 20 Keogh Booked

Substitutes

  • 01 Forde
  • 02 Dunne
  • 27 Osborne
  • 15 Feeney
  • 26 Abdou
  • 09 Marquis
  • 11 Batt

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey Booked
  • 05 Eardley
  • 06 Evatt
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 08 Gomes (Dicko - 56' )
  • 16 Ferguson
  • 18 Osbourne Booked
  • 09 K Phillips (Cathcart - 80' )
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher (Grandin - 61' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 04 Robertson
  • 10 Grandin
  • 31 Angel
  • 27 Barkh'zen
  • 38 Dicko
Ref: Langford
Att: 11,010

Match Stats

Shots

9 11

On target

3 8

Corners

8 4

Fouls

8 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +3:42

The ball is delivered by James Henry, clearance made by Alex Baptiste.

90:00 +1:50

The ball is crossed by James Henry, clearance made by Ian Evatt. Corner taken by James Henry, clearance by Alex Baptiste.

90:00 +0:32

James Henry crosses the ball, Matt Gilks makes a save.

89:10

Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Alan Dunne. Maik Taylor takes the free kick.

88:09

Nouha Dicko takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Lowry. The referee blows for offside against Thomas Ince. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

86:32

Liam Trotter delivers the ball, Header from deep inside the area by Darius Henderson goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

83:59

The ball is delivered by James Henry, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

83:44

James Henry delivers the ball, clearance by Ian Evatt.

79:50 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips goes off and Craig Cathcart comes on.

78:25

Shot by Josh Wright from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

77:43

James Henry delivers the ball, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

76:44

Centre by Liam Feeney.

75:00

The referee blows for offside against James Henry. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

74:50

The ball is crossed by Josh Wright, clearance by Ian Evatt.

74:30

Inswinging corner taken by James Henry from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance made by Ian Evatt.

74:01

A cross is delivered by Neal Eardley, save by Maik Taylor.

73:27

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Alan Dunne gets a block in.

71:54

Ian Evatt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andy Keogh. Free kick crossed by James Henry.

71:05

Darren Ward crosses the ball.

70:25

Darren Ward crosses the ball, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.

69:08

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince, save by Maik Taylor.

66:02

Isaiah Osbourne fouled by Alan Dunne, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

63:36

The official flags Andy Keogh offside. Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

63:36 Booking

Booking Andy Keogh goes into the referee's book.

63:27 Booking

Booking Isaiah Osbourne receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

62:33

Isaiah Osbourne concedes a free kick for a foul on Josh Wright. Shane Lowry restarts play with the free kick.

61:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darius Henderson on Stephen Crainey. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

60:36 Substitution

Substitution Elliot Grandin joins the action as a substitute, replacing Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

59:36

Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.

59:36 Goal scored

Goal! - Thomas Ince - Millwall 0 - 2 Blackpool A goal is scored by Thomas Ince from inside the penalty area to the top left corner of the goal. Millwall 0-2 Blackpool.

57:35 Substitution

Substitution (Millwall) makes a substitution, with Liam Feeney coming on for Jack Smith.

57:35

The official flags Kevin Phillips offside. Shane Lowry restarts play with the free kick.

55:52 Substitution

Substitution Tiago Gomes leaves the field to be replaced by Nouha Dicko.

51:57

Tiago Gomes takes a shot. Jack Smith gets a block in. Thomas Ince takes the inswinging corner, Darren Ward makes a clearance.

51:27

Josh Wright is penalised for a handball. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

50:40

James Henry crosses the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

50:01

Andy Keogh gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ian Evatt. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

49:15

James Henry delivers the ball, Effort from inside the area by Andy Keogh misses to the right of the goal.

48:58

James Henry sends in a cross, save by Matt Gilks.

48:37

Andy Keogh delivers the ball. Scott Malone takes a inswinging corner.

45:49

Alan Dunne concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution (Millwall) makes a substitution, with Alan Dunne coming on for Danny Shittu.

45:00 +1:05 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +0:18

Centre by Darius Henderson, clearance by Stephen Crainey.

43:43

The referee blows for offside. Direct free kick taken by Darren Ward.

37:57

Inswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes from the left by-line, Jack Smith makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince to the near post, clearance by Josh Wright. The offside flag is raised against Kevin Phillips. Maik Taylor takes the direct free kick.

36:55

Unfair challenge on Matt Gilks by James Henry results in a free kick. Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

36:12

Corner from the left by-line taken by James Henry, save by Matt Gilks.

31:17

Gary Taylor-Fletcher provided the assist for the goal.

31:17 Goal scored

Goal! - Thomas Ince - Millwall 0 - 1 Blackpool Thomas Ince fires in a goal from inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Millwall 0-1 Blackpool.

30:51

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

30:30

Shane Lowry gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.

29:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Neal Eardley on Scott Malone. James Henry restarts play with the free kick, Andy Keogh takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

28:44

Neal Eardley takes a shot. Save by Maik Taylor.

26:45

Free kick taken by James Henry. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by James Henry from the left by-line, clearance made by Ian Evatt. Josh Wright produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.

26:45 Booking

Booking Stephen Crainey is booked.

26:41

Handball decision goes against Stephen Crainey.

26:04

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Maik Taylor makes a save.

25:32

The ball is crossed by James Henry, save by Matt Gilks.

24:51

A cross is delivered by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, clearance made by Darren Ward.

22:44

Shot from just outside the box by Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes over the bar.

21:53

Andy Keogh takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.

21:22

The ball is sent over by Stephen Crainey, Shane Lowry makes a clearance.

20:35

Scott Malone is ruled offside. Direct free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

19:50

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alex Baptiste on Andy Keogh. Josh Wright takes the direct free kick.

18:39

Jack Smith fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Maik Taylor.

18:08

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Scott Malone. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

17:29

Thomas Ince produces a cross, Danny Shittu manages to make a clearance.

15:51

Josh Wright takes a shot. Blocked by Ian Evatt. Corner taken by James Henry from the right by-line, Scott Malone produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.

14:30

Isaiah Osbourne has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

13:21

The assistant referee signals for offside against Andy Keogh. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

12:59

Thomas Ince concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Lowry. Shane Lowry restarts play with the free kick.

10:35

Darius Henderson is ruled offside. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

8:28

Corner taken right-footed by James Henry, Danny Shittu takes a shot. James Henry takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.

7:04

Shot from just outside the box by Gary Taylor-Fletcher misses to the right of the goal.

5:02

Andy Keogh challenges Barry Ferguson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

1:28

Centre by Jack Smith, clearance by Ian Evatt.

0:00

The match has kicked off.

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