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Match Report


Posted Sat 17 Oct 09 at 17:24 PM


Blackpool 2
Seip 31
Vaughan 63

Argyle 0

BLACKPOOL away. When the fixtures were released in July. It was a tie that Argyle fans would have looked for.

Weekend away, walk on the pier, stick of rock and, as tradition would have it, three points. Not today.

On-loan defender Marcel Seip's headed goal on the half hour, coupled with David Vaughan's rocket in the second, made sure it was a day by the seaside to forget for Plymouth Argyle as they slumped to a 2-0 defeat to a good passing side.

Argyle's pain was doubled by the presence of former manager, Ian Holloway, in the Blackpool dug-out.

Although weak in the first half, Argyle looked to find their way back early in the second but after Vaughan's strike, could barely muster a shot.

Paul Sturrock had made one enforced change from the side that beat Scunthorpe a fortnight ago, with Krisztián Timár coming in for the cruelly injured James Chester.

On the bench were a host of attacking options in Alan Judge, Cillian Sheridan and Alan Gow and there was also room for David McNamee, rewarded for his display in the reserves with a taste of the action.

The match started at a bright pace and both sides had half chances before Shane Lowry, back in the country just over 24 hours after returning from international duty with Australia, gave Romain Larrieu a scare by powering an intercepting header against the Frenchman's upright.

Charlie Adam, a transfer target for the Pilgrims in the summer, was next to test the visiting defence when he rose unmarked to nod Hameur Bouazza's cross into Larrieu's hands.

Blackpool were well in control and came so close to taking the lead when the impressive Bouazza failed to latch onto a well placed Alex Baptiste cross.

Argyle sneaked in a few half chances - Rory Fallon aimed a weak header goalwards and Darcy Blake could have perhaps released Jim Paterson, before Fletcher and Southern were both booked for a minor scuffle over a quick free-kick.

And on the half hour, it all went pear-shaped when the gamble so talked about in the weeks before the match backfired - big time; when Charlie Adam, a threat throughout, floated in a decent cross from a free-kick 45 yards out for none other than that man Seip's deft touch to cruise past the hapless Romain Larrieu and give the Tangerines the lead.

They had the chance to double it, too, when Bouazza's powerful volley was denied by an excellent Larrieu save just minutes after the restart.

Karl Duguid had a half chance a couple of minutes before the break as Argyle looked to get back into the game but even those watching through the most green-tinted of glasses would have to say that at half-time, Blackpool deserved their lead.

The second-half saw the immediate introduction of Cillian Sheridan in place of Darcy Blake in a move that pushed Rory back behind the strikers, Duguid out wide and Fletcher into the hole to create a diamond midfield.

It almost paid off straight away, too, when Cillian Sheridan got contact on a Gary Sawyer cross to head just wide.

Sheridan had another chance soon after when his low shot to Gilks' front stick was deflected wide by Stephen Crainey. The referee, however, inexplicably blew for a goal kick.

Argyle were beginning to really test the home side for the first time in the game and it was that man Sheridan again who was at the forefront of the next chance; just failing to capitalize on a mix-up between 'keeper and defender to poke home.

Blackpool were proving to be very dangerous on the attack and doubled their lead just after the hour when Vaughan found space in the corner of the box to fire home a fearsome drive across Larrieu and into the top corner.

With their fans behind them, 'Pool created another couple of chances before Sheridan got round 'keeper Gilks but was denied by smart defending from Ian Evatt and Seip.

Former Tangerine Alan Gow was brought on to a chorus of boos with 15 minutes to go and had a shot blocked before being booked for diving five minutes later, much to the home fans' delight.

The match then petered out with various home substitutions and throw-in's before the final whistle eventually went.

It's a long way home from Blackpool…

Blackpool (4-3-3): 21 Matthew Gilks; 15 Alex Baptiste, 6 Ian Evatt, 28 Marcel Seip, 3 Stephen Crainey (5 Neil Eardley 71); 11 David Vaughan, 4 Keith Southern, 26 Charlie Adam (capt); 7 Billy Clarke (18 Jason Euell 81), 9 Ben Burgess (27 Ishmel Demontagnac 86), 16 Hameur Bouzza. Substitutes (not used): 1 Paul Rachubka (gk), 10 Brett Ormerod, 19 Jay Emmaunuel-Thomas, 24 Rob Edwards.

Booked: Fletcher 23, Timár 40, Gray 58, Gow 81.

Argyle (4-4-2): 1 Romain Larrieu; 39 David Gray, 37 Shane Lowry, 5 Krisztián Timár, 18 Gary Sawyer (25 Alan Judge 80); 13 Darcy Blake (21 Cillian Sheridan h-t), 4 Carl Fletcher (capt), 2 Karl Duguid, 3 Jim Paterson; 8 Jamie Mackie, 14 Rory Fallon (26 Alan Gow 76). Substitutes (not used): 23 Kyle Letheren (gk), 6 Chris Clark, 16 David McNamee, 24 Ashley Barnes.

Booked: Southern 23

Attendance: 7765 (520 away)

Referee: David Webb

Chris Parsons

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