Blackpool fought back from two goals down to salvage a point against Watford at Bloomfield Road in the Championship.

The Hornets led 2-0 after 21 minutes as Matej Vydra set up Ikechi Anya to to score from close range and Troy Deeney turned in a Mark Yeates cross.

Blackpool improved after the break and 39-year-old Kevin Phillips brought them back into the match with a neat finish after good work from Chris Basham.

Tom Ince hit the bar before Isaiah Osbourne equalised in injury time.

Michael Appleton has now presided over three score draws since replacing Ian Holloway as Blackpool boss, but the Tangerines have won only one of their last nine matches.

They were disappointing in the opening period and were soon behind as Vydra's endeavours allowed Anya to convert from six yards and Yeates found Deeney to double Watford's advantage.

But the hosts began to find their rhythm after the break, Nathan Delfouneso forcing a save from Watford goalkeeper Manuel Almunia.

Phillips was soon on hand to score against one of his former clubs, his second goal of the season.

Ince rattled the woodwork from 12 yards, while at the other end Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks needed to keep out a Nathaniel Chalobah effort from 30 yards.

Wes Thomas saw a header superbly saved by Almunia and time appeared to have beaten the home side, but in the closing stages Ince found Osbourne to equalise and Ince might have won it, only to shoot wide from 20 yards.

Blackpool boss Michael Appleton: "We didn't do enough in the first half and maybe we switched off for both of Watford's goals.

"In the second half I thought we looked comfortable and created enough chances to have won the game.

"I think we restricted Watford to having just three scoring opportunities throughout but despite that we have still only managed to get a point."

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola: "I am disappointed in a way because I thought at half-time the game was won.

"But Blackpool played better than us in the second half and created a lot of chances so it was probably a fair result.

"In general it was a good result for us because it is not an easy place to come.

"I knew it would be difficult in the second half but I was expecting my team to perform better than we did.

"We couldn't hold the ball and we kept giving it away and that was the difference between drawing the game and getting three points.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 03 Crainey
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 17 Basham
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 42 Broadfoot
  • 10 Grandin (Gomes - 29' )
  • 14 Sylvestre (Osbourne - 46' )
  • 09 K Phillips (Thomas - 68' )
  • 11 Ince Booked
  • 40 Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 21 Halstead
  • 33 Harris
  • 08 Gomes
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 31 Angel
  • 38 Dicko
  • 39 Thomas

Watford

  • 01 Almunia
  • 06 Hall Booked
  • 18 Pudil Booked
  • 31 Hoban
  • 39 Chalobah
  • 40 Ekstrand
  • 07 Yeates (Murray - 75' )
  • 21 Anya (Cassetti - 60' )
  • 38 Battocchio
  • 09 Deeney
  • 20 Vydra (Forestieri - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 30 Bond
  • 27 Cassetti
  • 29 Thompson
  • 16 Murray
  • 28 Smith
  • 36 Geijo
  • 41 Forestieri
Ref: Wright
Att: 13,076

Match Stats

Shots

17 4

On target

9 3

Corners

5 2

Fouls

13 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:16 Full time

Full Time The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.

90:00 +4:49

Thomas Ince produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

90:00 +3:47

The assistant referee signals for offside against Tiago Gomes. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +3:28

A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot.

90:00 +2:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Stephen Crainey by Troy Deeney. Stephen Crainey takes the indirect free kick.

90:00 +1:12

Assist on the goal came from Thomas Ince.

90:00 +1:12 Goal scored

Goal! - Isaiah Osbourne - Blackpool 2 - 2 Watford Isaiah Osbourne scores a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 2-2 Watford.

90:00 +0:10

The ball is delivered by Isaiah Osbourne, clearance made by Fitz Hall.

89:01

Stephen Crainey has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

88:04

Tiago Gomes delivers the ball, clearance made by Fitz Hall.

86:06

Thomas Ince takes the inswinging corner, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Craig Cathcart misses to the left of the goal.

85:41

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Thomas Ince from the right by-line.

84:58

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, Wes Thomas takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

82:44

Troy Deeney fouled by Kirk Broadfoot, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

81:41 Substitution

Substitution Fernando Forestieri joins the action as a substitute, replacing Matej Vydra.

79:33

Nathaniel Chalobah takes a shot. Save by Matt Gilks.

78:41

Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Chalobah by Isaiah Osbourne results in a free kick. Fitz Hall restarts play with the free kick.

77:50

Alex Baptiste takes the free kick.

77:50 Booking

Booking The referee books Fitz Hall for unsporting behaviour.

77:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Fitz Hall on Wes Thomas.

76:26

Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance by Sean Murray.

76:04

Centre by Isaiah Osbourne, Fitz Hall makes a clearance.

75:04

Centre by Tiago Gomes, Fitz Hall manages to make a clearance.

74:17 Substitution

Substitution Sean Murray comes on in place of Mark Yeates.

71:13

Thomas Ince has an effort at goal.

70:40

Tiago Gomes has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the goal.

69:49

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Tiago Gomes played to the near post, Manuel Almunia manages to make a clearance.

69:21

Tiago Gomes takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.

67:30 Substitution

Substitution Wes Thomas joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kevin Phillips.

66:47

Effort on goal by Tiago Gomes from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.

65:55

Tiago Gomes concedes a free kick for a foul on Cristian Battocchio. Free kick taken by Fitz Hall.

64:55

Centre by Kirk Broadfoot, Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.

62:57

Unfair challenge on Alex Baptiste by Troy Deeney results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Alex Baptiste.

62:40

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Fitz Hall.

61:33

Isaiah Osbourne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall. Indirect free kick taken by Fitz Hall.

61:07

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Craig Cathcart by Matej Vydra. Free kick taken by Craig Cathcart.

60:21

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nathan Delfouneso on Joel Ekstrand. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

59:11 Substitution

Substitution Marco Cassetti joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ikechi Anya.

57:09

The assistant referee signals for offside against Troy Deeney. Matt Gilks restarts play with the free kick.

56:15

The ball is crossed by Cristian Battocchio.

54:53

Centre by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Fitz Hall.

53:02

The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey.

52:11

Kevin Phillips gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fitz Hall. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

51:04

Chris Basham provided the assist for the goal.

51:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Kevin Phillips - Blackpool 1 - 2 Watford Kevin Phillips scores a goal from close in high into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 Watford.

50:49

A cross is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, Daniel Pudil gets a block in.

50:08

Unfair challenge on Tiago Gomes by Troy Deeney results in a free kick. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

49:19

Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

48:34

Corner taken by Tiago Gomes played to the near post, clearance by Troy Deeney.

47:54

Thomas Ince takes a shot. Manuel Almunia makes a save.

47:17

The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Daniel Pudil.

46:26

Cristian Battocchio concedes a free kick for a foul on Isaiah Osbourne. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

45:38

The referee blows for offside. Alex Baptiste takes the indirect free kick.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Isaiah Osbourne comes on in place of Ludovic Sylvestre.

45:00 +3:48 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +3:10

The ball is sent over by Thomas Ince, save by Manuel Almunia.

45:00 +2:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Pudil on Thomas Ince. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

45:00 +1:28

Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, Kevin Phillips has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

45:00 +0:47

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Tiago Gomes by Nathaniel Chalobah. Indirect free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

45:00 +0:14

The referee blows for offside against Kevin Phillips. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

44:19

Foul by Fitz Hall on Kevin Phillips, free kick awarded. Tiago Gomes takes the free kick.

43:51

Effort from the edge of the box by Mark Yeates goes wide of the left-hand upright.

41:49

Centre by Ikechi Anya, save made by Matt Gilks.

41:04

The assistant referee flags for offside against Kevin Phillips. Indirect free kick taken by Manuel Almunia.

40:36

Free kick taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.

40:36 Booking

Booking Booking for Daniel Pudil for unsporting behaviour.

40:23

Daniel Pudil concedes a free kick for a foul on Thomas Ince.

39:40

Unfair challenge on Troy Deeney by Chris Basham results in a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

39:12

A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey.

38:10

Tiago Gomes challenges Joel Ekstrand unfairly and gives away a free kick. Manuel Almunia restarts play with the free kick.

37:06

Matej Vydra concedes a free kick for a foul on Kirk Broadfoot. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the free kick.

36:27

Troy Deeney fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Yeates.

36:08

Thomas Ince crosses the ball, clearance made by Tommie Hoban.

32:29

Mark Yeates fouled by Stephen Crainey, the ref awards a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the indirect free kick.

30:42

Fitz Hall challenges Thomas Ince unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Basham.

30:11

The ball is delivered by Stephen Crainey, save by Manuel Almunia.

29:52

Nathan Delfouneso produces a cross, clearance by Fitz Hall.

29:32

Chris Basham fouled by Cristian Battocchio, the ref awards a free kick. Ludovic Sylvestre takes the indirect free kick.

28:12 Substitution

Substitution Tiago Gomes is brought on as a substitute for Elliot Grandin.

25:56

Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Kevin Phillips misses to the right of the target.

24:10

Stephen Crainey crosses the ball, Fitz Hall makes a clearance.

22:51

Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Fitz Hall gets a block in.

20:43

Assist by Mark Yeates.

20:43 Goal scored

Goal! - Troy Deeney - Blackpool 0 - 2 Watford Troy Deeney fires in a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Blackpool 0-2 Watford.

20:09

Mark Yeates restarts play with the free kick.

20:09 Booking

Booking Thomas Ince goes into the referee's book.

19:51

Unfair challenge on Daniel Pudil by Thomas Ince results in a free kick.

17:27

Ludovic Sylvestre delivers the ball, Joel Ekstrand manages to make a clearance.

11:18

Foul by Chris Basham on Mark Yeates, free kick awarded. Fitz Hall restarts play with the free kick.

9:29

Ikechi Anya is ruled offside. Stephen Crainey takes the free kick.

9:03

The ball is swung over by Ikechi Anya, blocked by Stephen Crainey.

7:32

The ball is crossed by Matej Vydra.

6:58

Ludovic Sylvestre takes a shot. Save by Manuel Almunia.

6:16

Mark Yeates takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Ludovic Sylvestre.

5:15

Unfair challenge on Fitz Hall by Kevin Phillips results in a free kick. Manuel Almunia takes the free kick.

3:47

Assist by Matej Vydra.

3:47 Goal scored

Goal! - Ikechi Anya - Blackpool 0 - 1 Watford Ikechi Anya finds the net with a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackpool 0-1 Watford.

3:10

Corner from the right by-line taken by Thomas Ince, Manuel Almunia makes a save.

0:26

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Yeates.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to start the match.

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