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Blackpool 2-1 Lincoln City: Michael Appleton's Imps tenure starts with defeat

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton succeeded Danny Cowley as Lincoln manager on 20 September

Michael Appleton's first game as Lincoln manager ended in a 2-1 defeat by his former club Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Appleton - who had an 11-game spell as Seasiders boss in 2012-13 - replaced Danny Cowley after his departure to Huddersfield and watched on as his new side were thrashed 6-0 at home to Oxford last weekend.

The Imps' defensive woes continued during a frantic opening 25 minutes.

Blackpool took the lead after 11 minutes. Liam Feeney notched his ninth assist of the season as his low ball found Sean Scannell, who lashed it first-time into the top corner.

And it was 2-0 after 21 minutes when Jordan Thompson danced his way through before curling a wonderful finish into the far corner - after another assist for Feeney.

Lincoln responded superbly through Jack Payne, who arrived late in the box to smash in a low cross from 12 yards and halve the deficit three minutes later.

The visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Josh Vickers as his superb save after 66 minutes denied Thompson a second.

But Appleton's men will rue missed chances to level, with Tyler Walker twice missing from close range and Jason Shackell heading wide from a free-kick.

Before kick-off, former Swindon and Tottenham defender David Kerslake was confirmed as Appleton's assistant manager at Lincoln.

The 53-year-old had been working alongside Appleton at West Bromwich Albion's academy.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 23Alnwick
  • 20TurtonBooked at 65mins
  • 6HeneghanBooked at 45mins
  • 16TiltBooked at 79mins
  • 26Husband
  • 11Feeney
  • 8SpearingBooked at 81mins
  • 15Thompson
  • 17Virtue-ThickSubstituted forGuyat 62'minutes
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 14ScannellSubstituted forMacDonaldat 63'minutesBooked at 84mins

Substitutes

  • 4Bushiri
  • 5Edwards
  • 9Hardie
  • 25Guy
  • 29MacDonald
  • 34Shaw
  • 37Mafoumbi

Lincoln City

  • 1Vickers
  • 23Eardley
  • 6Bolger
  • 5Shackell
  • 3Toffolo
  • 20ConnollyBooked at 89mins
  • 19Morrell
  • 26AndersonSubstituted forGrantat 49'minutes
  • 10Payne
  • 11Carvalho Andrade
  • 17Walker

Substitutes

  • 4O'Connor
  • 12Chapman
  • 18Grant
  • 21Smith
  • 22Lewis
  • 24Melbourne
  • 29Akinde
Referee:
Ollie Yates
Attendance:
9,203

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamLincoln City
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home8
Away13
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away2
Fouls
Home14
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Lincoln City 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Lincoln City 1.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Cian Bolger with a headed pass following a set piece situation.

Cian Bolger (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackpool. Liam Feeney tries a through ball, but Armand Gnanduillet is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is high and wide to the left.

Booking

Callum Connolly (Lincoln City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Calum MacDonald (Blackpool).

Booking

Calum MacDonald (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Offside, Blackpool. James Husband tries a through ball, but Calum MacDonald is caught offside.

Foul by Jorge Grant (Lincoln City).

James Husband (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jason Shackell (Lincoln City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Cian Bolger with a headed pass.

Booking

Jay Spearing (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Jack Payne (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

Booking

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Curtis Tilt (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Jay Spearing (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Offside, Lincoln City. Jorge Grant tries a through ball, but Tyler Walker is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tyler Walker (Lincoln City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jack Payne.

Attempt missed. Jack Payne (Lincoln City) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Bruno Andrade with a cross.

Attempt saved. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Armand Gnanduillet with a headed pass.

Booking

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.

Hand ball by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).

Hand ball by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Calum MacDonald replaces Sean Scannell.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Callum Guy replaces Matthew Virtue-Thick.

Foul by Joe Morrell (Lincoln City).

Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Cian Bolger (Lincoln City).

Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Callum Connolly (Lincoln City).

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

Jorge Grant (Lincoln City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Jordan Thompson (Blackpool).

Neal Eardley (Lincoln City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Friday 27th September 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Ipswich96301641221
2Coventry9540159619
3Wycombe105411510519
4Blackpool115421613319
5Fleetwood95221713417
6Sunderland94411411316
7Doncaster8431117415
8Bristol Rovers104331312115
9Peterborough942320101014
10Shrewsbury9342910-113
11Lincoln City114161517-213
12Oxford Utd103341915412
13Rotherham8332128412
14Burton9333119212
15MK Dons94051113-212
16Gillingham92431410410
17Rochdale92431014-410
18Tranmere92341416-29
19Accrington91441117-67
20Portsmouth7133910-16
21Southend91171124-134
22Wimbledon10037918-93
23Bolton8035224-22-9
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