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Blackpool 2-3 Portsmouth

Brett Pitman scored twice to help Portsmouth to victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in a game which produced four goals in the final 16 minutes.

Pitman's second goal was the winner, coming after Ben Close thought he had won it for Pompey, only for Oliver Hawkins to put through his own net.

Viv Solomon-Otabor came close for Blackpool, who were put up for sale by owners the Oyston family this week, after 50 minutes cutting in from the left and firing a low shot inches wide.

Two minutes later, though, it was Portsmouth who took the lead. Lowe's deflected shot was well saved by Ryan Allsop, but the ball dropped to Pitman who slotted into the empty net.

Blackpool equalised in the 74th minute when substitute Dolly Menga, making his debut, picked out an inch-perfect cross for Solomon-Otabor to score from four yards.

But their lead lasted just six minutes. Keeper Allsop was unlucky again, making a superb save to deny Pitman but the ball broke to Close who stroked in expertly from 12 yards.

On 82 minutes the game turned again as the Seasiders equalised for a second time when Hawkins headed into his own net.

Remarkably Portsmouth grabbed their winner just four minutes later when Pitman was left unmarked at the far post and nodded into the bottom corner from six yards.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 26Allsop
  • 20Turton
  • 6Aimson
  • 16TiltBooked at 54mins
  • 23Daniel
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 14Ryan
  • 44Spearing
  • 24CookeSubstituted forGnanduilletat 87'minutes
  • 18PhilliskirkSubstituted forMengaat 71'minutes
  • 30Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 1Williams
  • 2Mellor
  • 3Taylor
  • 8D'Almeida
  • 11Gnanduillet
  • 15Longstaff
  • 21Menga

Portsmouth

  • 1McGee
  • 26Evans
  • 9Hawkins
  • 6Burgess
  • 5ClarkeBooked at 82mins
  • 4Rose
  • 33Close
  • 18Lowe
  • 23BennettSubstituted forDonohueat 87'minutes
  • 22Naismith
  • 8Pitman

Substitutes

  • 11Kennedy
  • 14Main
  • 17Donohue
  • 19Chaplin
  • 25Talbot
  • 30May
  • 35Bass
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
5,032

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home9
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Portsmouth 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Portsmouth 3.

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Brett Pitman (Portsmouth).

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

(Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Jay Spearing (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Christian Burgess.

Attempt blocked. Dolly Menga (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Callum Cooke.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Dion Donohue replaces Kyle Bennett.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 2, Portsmouth 3. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Christian Burgess with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Blackpool).

Danny Rose (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Oliver Hawkins, Portsmouth. Blackpool 2, Portsmouth 2.

Dolly Menga (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Dolly Menga (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth).

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Portsmouth 2. Ben Close (Portsmouth) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the top right corner.

Attempt saved. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) header from very close range is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Portsmouth 1. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dolly Menga with a cross following a fast break.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Curtis Tilt.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Dolly Menga replaces Danny Philliskirk.

Attempt missed. Christian Burgess (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left following a corner.

Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Will Aimson.

Foul by Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool).

Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

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4Bradford179352519630
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6Rotherham178273023726
7Blackburn157442112925
8Fleetwood177462726125
9Peterborough157352521424
10Oxford Utd176562722523
11Portsmouth177282222023
12Southend166552026-623
13Blackpool166462222022
14MK Dons176471824-622
15Bristol Rovers1770102530-521
16Doncaster175481921-219
17Walsall164752124-319
18Oldham165382735-818
19Northampton175391527-1218
20Rochdale163851619-317
21Gillingham173681321-815
22Wimbledon16439917-815
23Plymouth173591324-1114
24Bury1734101825-713
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