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Blackpool 1-2 Portsmouth

Ronan Curtis scored twice as Portsmouth made it back-to-back wins to start the season with victory at Blackpool.

The Seasiders almost stunned the visitors inside the opening 20 seconds as Joe Dodoo swivelled on a low cross into the box and his shot cannoned back off the near post.

But it was Portsmouth who took the lead in the ninth minute. Oli Hawkins flicked a header on and Curtis wriggled away from the Blackpool defence before slotting the ball under goalkeeper Mark Howard.

Curtis carried the biggest first-half threat, seeing a goalbound shot blocked by Ben Heneghan on the half-hour mark before his 25-yard strike hit the inside of a post.

And he grabbed his and Portsmouth's second on the hour. It was a carbon copy of the first as Hawkins flicked on and Curtis broke clear to smash a shot through Howard's legs.

The Seasiders sparked a potential comeback eight minutes from time as a long ball forward was lifted over goalkeeper Craig MacGillivray and in via a combination of Mark Cullen and defender Matt Clarke.

Cullen had the ball in the net in added time, but an equaliser was ruled out for offside.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 20Turton
  • 6Heneghan
  • 5O'ConnorBooked at 74mins
  • 39Bunney
  • 14PritchardSubstituted forO'Sullivanat 60'minutes
  • 8Spearing
  • 19Taylor
  • 27BolaSubstituted forGnanduilletat 72'minutes
  • 11DodooSubstituted forCullenat 60'minutes
  • 7Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 9Cullen
  • 12Nottingham
  • 15Thompson
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 29Sinclair-Smith
  • 37Mafoumbi

Portsmouth

  • 15MacGillivray
  • 2Walkes
  • 16Whatmough
  • 5Clarke
  • 3Brown
  • 26EvansBooked at 46mins
  • 7NaylorBooked at 69mins
  • 33CloseSubstituted forRoseat 66'minutes
  • 10LoweSubstituted forWheelerat 79'minutes
  • 11Curtis
  • 9Hawkins

Substitutes

  • 1McGee
  • 4Rose
  • 6Burgess
  • 8Pitman
  • 18Dennis
  • 22Wheeler
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Ross Joyce
Attendance:
4,154

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away1
Fouls
Home11
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Portsmouth 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Portsmouth 2.

John O'Sullivan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. John O'Sullivan (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high following a set piece situation.

Attempt blocked. Joe Bunney (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Mark Cullen (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Joe Bunney (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by David Wheeler (Portsmouth).

Hand ball by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

Chris Taylor (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Blackpool).

Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Goal!

Own Goal by Matthew Clarke, Portsmouth. Blackpool 1, Portsmouth 2.

Attempt missed. Gareth Evans (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Matthew Clarke (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. David Wheeler replaces Jamal Lowe.

John O'Sullivan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth).

Attempt blocked. Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Paudie O'Connor (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Paudie O'Connor (Blackpool).

Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Marc Bola.

Attempt missed. Oliver Hawkins (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Booking

Tom Naylor (Portsmouth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joe Bunney (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Naylor (Portsmouth).

Attempt missed. Mark Cullen (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Portsmouth. Danny Rose replaces Ben Close.

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

goal

As It Stood

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2Doncaster22006246
3Peterborough22006246
4Gillingham22005146
5Portsmouth22003126
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7Walsall21103214
8Sunderland21103214
9Wimbledon21101014
10Fleetwood21012113
11Charlton21013303
12Accrington210123-13
13Bradford210112-13
14Rochdale210135-23
15Southend201134-11
16Plymouth201123-11
17Blackpool201112-11
18Coventry201112-11
19Luton201112-11
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23Burton200225-30
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