Blackpool staged a superb late fightback to beat Leeds and continue their winning start to the season.

The visitors took the lead when Tom Lees met a whipped corner at the back post to head home.

But the Seasiders responded well and Isaiah Osbourne hit the post before Stephen Crainey crossed for Nouha Dicko to equalise from close range.

Tom Ince set up Matt Phillips to score the winner and Ince also fired against the bar for Blackpool before the end.

Phillips started the game on the bench after handing in a transfer request but the Southampton target marked his return to the side in style.

BLACKPOOL BATTLE TO KEEP PHILLIPS

Southampton bid £5m for Scotland international Matt Phillips earlier this month. The 21-year-old was dropped at the weekend after handing in a transfer request but Blackpool boss Ian Holloway says he is not for sale.

His side trailed to Lees' early header after seeing Tiago Gomes denied by Paddy Kenny and also seeing two penalty appeals turned down.

The impressive Ince went down in the box under a challenge from Luke Varney and, soon afterwards, Lees appeared to handle inside the area but referee Dean Whitestone waved away Blackpool's appeals.

Ince, who scored twice in Saturday's opening-day win over Millwall, also wasted a good chance to equalise when he fired over from a Gary Taylor-Fletcher cross.

With 26 minutes left, Blackpool boss Ian Holloway brought on Dicko and Phillips from the bench and got his reward when both substitutes found the net.

Dicko tapped in from a yard out after good work from Crainey down the left, and Phillips repeated the trick from similar range when Ince found space on the same flank.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 05 Eardley
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 08 Gomes (M Phillips - 64' )
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 31 Angel (Dicko - 64' )
  • 09 K Phillips (Sylvestre - 76' )
  • 11 Ince
  • 12 Taylor-Fletcher

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 33 Harris
  • 07 M Phillips
  • 10 Grandin
  • 14 Sylvestre
  • 19 Noguera
  • 38 Dicko

Leeds

  • 01 Kenny
  • 02 Peltier
  • 04 Lees Booked
  • 05 Pearce
  • 08 Austin
  • 11 Varney Booked
  • 14 White (Pugh - 79' )
  • 19 Norris
  • 25 Bryam
  • 10 Becchio
  • 44 McCormack (Diouf - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 12 Ashdown
  • 03 Drury
  • 06 Kisnorbo
  • 16 Pugh
  • 17 Brown
  • 20 Gray
  • 21 Diouf
Ref: Whitestone
Att: 14,315

Match Stats

Shots

20 5

On target

8 3

Corners

5 4

Fouls

6 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:23

Jason Pearce challenges Nouha Dicko unfairly and gives away a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick,

90:00 +1:12

Effort on goal by Matt Phillips from deep inside the area goes harmlessly over the bar.

90:00 +0:13

Shot from just outside the box by Ludovic Sylvestre goes over the bar.

88:57

Close range effort by Thomas Ince goes wide of the right-hand upright.

87:26

Thomas Ince decides to take a short corner.

85:28

Effort from outside the penalty box by Stephen Crainey goes wide right of the goal.

84:17

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Ludovic Sylvestre.

81:48

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Thomas Ince by Tom Lees. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

81:11

David Norris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nouha Dicko. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

79:23

Assist on the goal came from Thomas Ince.

79:23 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Phillips - Blackpool 2 - 1 Leeds Matt Phillips grabs a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-1 Leeds.

78:40 Substitution

Substitution Danny Pugh on for Aidan White.

77:07

Nouha Dicko delivers the ball.

75:01 Substitution

Substitution Kevin Phillips leaves the field to be replaced by Ludovic Sylvestre.

74:21

Assist on the goal came from Stephen Crainey.

74:21 Goal scored

Goal! - Nouha Dicko - Blackpool 1 - 1 Leeds Goal scored by Nouha Dicko from close in low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Leeds.

74:01

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Stephen Crainey gets a block in.

71:36

Isaiah Osbourne challenges El-Hadji Diouf unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tom Lees takes the free kick.

68:57

Unfair challenge on Rodolph Austin by Isaiah Osbourne results in a free kick. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

66:30

The official flags Alex Baptiste offside. Patrick Kenny restarts play with the free kick.

65:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodolph Austin on Nouha Dicko. Stephen Crainey crosses the ball in from the free kick.

65:35

Centre by Neal Eardley.

64:17

Corner taken by El-Hadji Diouf, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance.

63:55

Aidan White produces a cross, Luciano Becchio takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Nouha Dicko is brought on as a substitute for Angel Martinez.

63:05 Substitution

Substitution Tiago Gomes leaves the field to be replaced by Matt Phillips.

59:59

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kevin Phillips by Tom Lees. Tiago Gomes takes the direct free kick.

59:42

David Norris takes a shot. Isaiah Osbourne gets a block in.

57:57

Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tom Lees.

56:51

Indirect free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

56:51 Substitution

Substitution El-Hadji Diouf on for Ross McCormack.

56:51

The referee blows for offside against Luciano Becchio.

55:05

Aidan White delivers the ball, Alex Baptiste manages to make a clearance.

52:59

Foul by Aidan White on Neal Eardley, free kick awarded. Alex Baptiste takes the direct free kick.

51:24

Thomas Ince produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.

50:03

Luciano Becchio is ruled offside. Neal Eardley takes the indirect free kick.

48:20

Ross McCormack has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

46:44

Ross McCormack is caught offside. Free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

46:13

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Blocked by Rodolph Austin.

45:51

Corner taken right-footed by Tiago Gomes, clearance by Tom Lees.

45:19

Thomas Ince produces a left-footed shot from outside the penalty area and strikes the post.

45:01

The referee starts the second half.

45:00 +2:01 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:14

Effort on goal by Thomas Ince from just inside the area clears the bar.

43:47

Kevin Phillips is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

42:43

Free kick awarded for a foul by Rodolph Austin on Isaiah Osbourne. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.

42:03

Corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince from the right by-line, Samuel Bryam manages to make a clearance.

40:56

Thomas Ince has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.

40:21

Foul by Luke Varney on Gary Taylor-Fletcher, free kick awarded. Matt Gilks takes the direct free kick.

39:16

The assistant referee signals for offside against Luciano Becchio. Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

38:42

The assistant referee flags for offside against Luke Varney. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

36:18

Foul by Thomas Ince on Lee Peltier, free kick awarded. Patrick Kenny takes the indirect free kick.

35:05

Tiago Gomes takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Luke Varney makes a clearance.

32:31

Shot by Stephen Crainey from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

28:29

Unfair challenge on Samuel Bryam by Thomas Ince results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ross McCormack from right wing, clearance made by Angel Martinez.

27:56

Alex Baptiste takes a shot. Patrick Kenny makes a fantastic save.

27:26

Neal Eardley takes the direct free kick.

27:26 Booking

Booking Luke Varney is cautioned.

27:10

Angel Martinez fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick.

26:12

Centre by Neal Eardley, Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

25:45

The referee blows for offside against Luciano Becchio. Alex Baptiste restarts play with the free kick.

22:04

Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save made by Patrick Kenny.

20:53

Craig Cathcart concedes a free kick for a foul on Luciano Becchio. Tom Lees takes the free kick.

19:59

Isaiah Osbourne fouled by Luke Varney, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.

19:31

The offside flag is raised against Thomas Ince. Indirect free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

15:01

The assist for the goal came from Ross McCormack.

15:01 Goal scored

Goal! - Tom Lees - Blackpool 0 - 1 Leeds Tom Lees scores a headed goal from close in. Blackpool 0-1 Leeds.

14:34

Corner taken right-footed by Ross McCormack,

14:18

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ross McCormack from the left by-line, Alex Baptiste makes a clearance.

14:06

Ross McCormack produces a cross, clearance made by Neal Eardley.

13:43

Tiago Gomes takes a shot. Save by Patrick Kenny.

12:41

Long range shot by Tiago Gomes goes wide right of the goal.

11:41

Tiago Gomes crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Tom Lees manages to make a clearance.

11:41 Booking

Booking The referee books Tom Lees for unsporting behaviour.

11:20

Tom Lees concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher.

9:20

Luciano Becchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Cathcart. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

8:46

The official flags Tiago Gomes offside. Free kick taken by Patrick Kenny.

6:34

Unfair challenge on Neal Eardley by Luciano Becchio results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks.

4:38

Shot from just outside the box by Ross McCormack misses to the left of the goal.

4:01

Ross McCormack is caught offside. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.

2:44

The ball is sent over by Thomas Ince.

2:20

Inswinging corner taken by Tiago Gomes, Tom Lees makes a clearance.

2:01

Neal Eardley takes a shot. Blocked by Jason Pearce.

0:52

Alex Baptiste fouled by Ross McCormack, the ref awards a free kick. Neal Eardley takes the free kick.

0:00

The match begins.

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