MATCH REPORT: Sky Bet Championship - three sent off as Blackpool are beaten by Yeovil Town (From Somerset County Gazette)
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MATCH REPORT: Sky Bet Championship - three sent off as Blackpool are beaten by Yeovil Town
YEOVIL recorded back-to-back wins as well as back-to-back clean sheets for the first time at second tier level as they triumphed 1-0 over Blackpool in an eventful match last night (December 3), which saw the visitors reduced to eight men in injury time.
John Lundstram’s first goal for the club was enough to seal the three points as he fired in from a Byron Webster knockdown in the 21st minute and while Tom Ince and Steven Dobbie missed clear cut chances for the visitors, Ed Upson could have made it more comfortable for the Glovers as he saw his stunning 30-yard volley thunder back off the crossbar.
However, it was the extraordinary events in injury time that will grab the headlines as Blackpool let their frustrations boil over, with centre backs Kirk Broadfoot and Gary MacKenzie both picking up their marching orders for second bookable offences, while in between, Ricardo Fuller was shown a straight red for throwing an apparent headbutt at Luke Ayling in an off the ball incident.
Manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged line up from Saturday’s big win at Watford, which meant home debuts for Lundstram, Ishmael Miller, Adam Morgan and ‘keeper Chris Dunn.
Yeovil picked up where they left off at Vicarage Road, with Miller creating a chance inside the first minute, which he shot straight at visiting ‘keeper Matt Gilks.
An open first half saw Miller and Dan Gosling both go close with headers and Ince shot wide when through on goal, before England youth international Lundstram tucked away his 21st-minute goal.
Jack Robinson’s long throws were causing problems in the Yeovil defence as Blackpool increased the pressure, before Liam Davis’ excellent delivery was met superbly by Miller whose goal-bound header was tipped over the bar at full stretch by Gilks.
After half time the game gradually descended into a scrappy affair with both sides restricted to half chances and long range efforts, before Upson almost scored a goal of the season contender as he connected perfectly with a volley from 30 yards, only to see it crack off the crossbar with Miller unable to follow up.
Blackpool almost snatched a point after having three good chances in quick succession as the match headed towards injury time, with substitutes Steven Davies and Michael Chopra both seeing their efforts fly narrowly over the crossbar, before Fuller hit a volley just wide with Chris Dunn rooted to the spot.
A flashpoint between Davies and Byron Webster was just a taste of what was to come, as Blackpool scrapped for a result a little too literally as their discipline disintegrated. First Broadfoot scythed down Sam Hoskins to pick up a second yellow card, before Ricardo Fuller threw his head at Ayling’s face, leaving the referee with no option.
Then, with only seconds left on the clock, MacKenzie, already on a yellow, unnecessarily pushed the excellent Miller causing the referee to reach for his back pocket for the third time in five minutes.
Johnson was also full of praise for his new striker, and didn’t rule out a loan extension in January.
This result sees Yeovil remain 22nd, although they move to within touching distance of Charlton in 21st, just two points behind.
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