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Blackpool 2-0 Walsall

Promotion-chasing Blackpool moved to within four points of the top six by extending their unbeaten run to five games with victory over out-of-form Walsall.

Chris Long's second goal in three games since joining from Fleetwood put them ahead and Harry Pritchard sealed the points late on after Seasiders keeper Mark Howard had saved a penalty.

Blackpool led on 14 minutes as Donervon Daniels' slide-rule pass set Long racing into the area and he steered a fine finish across Walsall keeper Liam Roberts.

Long was denied a second by Roberts' legs shortly after as Blackpool controlled the first half.

The second half was a different matter as Walsall dominated but Howard saved Matt Jarvis' penalty on 65 minutes after Aramide Oteh had been tripped by Seasiders defender Curtis Tilt.

Howard then thwarted Oteh from point-blank range before Pritchard robbed Saddlers defender Dan Scarr to wrap up the points for Blackpool and hand Walsall, now two points above the drop zone, a seventh defeat in 10 league games.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 2Daniels
  • 6Heneghan
  • 16Tilt
  • 27BolaBooked at 90mins
  • 14Pritchard
  • 15Thompson
  • 20Turton
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forEvansat 73'minutes
  • 21GnanduilletSubstituted forDodooat 89'minutes
  • 31LongSubstituted forVirtue-Thickat 61'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Evans
  • 11Dodoo
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 23Kirby
  • 26Sorensen
  • 34Shaw
  • 37Mafoumbi

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 28Norman
  • 35Scarr
  • 5Guthrie
  • 34Laird
  • 6DevlinSubstituted forIsmailat 79'minutes
  • 2Edwards
  • 4DobsonSubstituted forOsbourneat 45'minutes
  • 11JarvisSubstituted forBlackett-Taylorat 73'minutes
  • 9CookBooked at 73mins
  • 36Oteh

Substitutes

  • 3Leahy
  • 10Ismail
  • 13Dunn
  • 27Fitzwater
  • 29Gordon
  • 30Osbourne
  • 38Blackett-Taylor
Referee:
Thomas Bramall
Attendance:
3,252

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home11
Away7
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home11
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Walsall 0.

Attempt saved. Joe Edwards (Walsall) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Antony Evans (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

Antony Evans (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zeli Ismail (Walsall).

Joseph Dodoo (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jon Guthrie (Walsall).

Booking

Marc Bola (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Marc Bola (Blackpool).

Zeli Ismail (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joseph Dodoo replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 2, Walsall 0. Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Antony Evans (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Walsall).

Attempt missed. Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Andy Cook (Walsall).

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Harry Pritchard.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Zeli Ismail replaces Nicky Devlin.

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

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Isaiah Osbourne (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Harry Pritchard (Blackpool).

Cameron Norman (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Cameron Norman (Walsall).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Corey Taylor replaces Matthew Jarvis.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Antony Evans replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Booking

Andy Cook (Walsall) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Joe Edwards (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Mark Howard.

Attempt saved. Aramide Oteh (Walsall) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Harry Pritchard (Blackpool).

Scott Laird (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Marc Bola.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton32208464273768
2Barnsley31188557273062
3Portsmouth31178651321959
4Sunderland291512250272357
5Charlton32167948331555
6Doncaster30148855391650
7Peterborough32131095044649
8Blackpool30121083327646
9Fleetwood32129114334945
10Wycombe321110114145-443
11Coventry32127133337-443
12Burton31118124139241
13Scunthorpe32117144056-1640
14Southend31123164038239
15Plymouth32107154053-1337
16Accrington2999112738-1136
17Walsall3198143449-1535
18Rochdale3297163863-2534
19Bristol Rovers3189143034-433
20Oxford Utd31712123847-933
21Gillingham3196164153-1233
22Shrewsbury31711133343-1032
23Bradford3295183652-1632
24Wimbledon3165202248-2623
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