Blackpool picked up a vital home victory against Hull City after two consecutive defeats.
The Seasiders opened the scoring after a Josh Bowler driving run saw him taken down in the box with Gary Madine firing home to make no mistake from the spot.
City were posing plenty of questions of the Blackpool backline with early substitute Tyler Smith continuing to stand on the shoulder of Marvin Ekpiteta and Richard Keogh in behind.
But that left spaces in their own backline should the Tangerines look to exploit that on the counter and that ultimately caused their downfall.
Keshi Anderson should’ve done more with two first half opportunities as he was fed the ball on the left hand edge of the area but his efforts were tame and allowed the Tigers to recover.
Tyler Smith raced away late in the first half but as was the case for the opening 45, the final ball quality from the visitors left much to be desired.
The tempo in the second half dropped at times with the home side happy to control possession in their own thirds and invite Hull on to them so they could overload on the break.
Gary Madine came close with a header that went just wide after some positive interplay between Keshi Anderson and Shayne Lavery, the latter of which was creating overloads out wide all day long.
Hull threw more bodies forward in search of an equaliser and Tom Eaves dragged an effort wide of the far post but Blackpool always looked the more likely to score next with so much space in behind.
Dan Grimshaw heroics at the end secured a vital three points for the Tangerines.
8 – GK – Dan Grimshaw – A number of key stops yet again from the former Man City man. His distribution was shaky at times but overall another reliable performance. Unbelievable double save right at the end.
7 – RB – Dujon Sterling – A solid defensive shift as is expected with Sterling but he provided much needed width to overload the wide areas which were an area of weakness for the visitors.
7 – CB – Marvin Ekpiteta – He dealt well with a difficult task with Hull leaving attackers on the last defensive shoulder throughout. Was happy to progress with the ball forward when needed.
7 – CB – Richard Keogh – Likewise with Ekpiteta, Keogh had to play a risky game with a high line when pressure was on throughout. He was caught out a couple of times but looked assured in the second half.
7 – LB – James Husband – His distribution was quite poor today, skewing a lot of clearances to bring unnecessary pressure on the backline, that being said he defended well when needed and offered an out-ball.
7 – CM – Ryan Wintle – A solid return to action. Sat deeper and recycled possession, managed the game well when Hull were having spells on top.
7 – CM – Kenny Dougall – Had the freedom to progress forward with the ball more than his generally restricted role allows, mainly due to the open space Hull allowed. Distributed the ball well and swept up when needed.
8 – RM – Josh Bowler – A real threat yet again, he caused Hull all sorts of problems completing dribble after dribble, one of which resulted in him being brought down for the penalty. Helped out defensively too.
8 – LM – Keshi Anderson – As ever with Keshi, he was the hub of everything positive in a creative sense, getting himself into good areas but lacking the finishing touch on this occasion.
8 – ST – Gary Madine – A handful for the Hull defence winning the majority of his aerial duels. Showed his technical side to link up well too which is an evergrowing part of his game.
7 – ST – Shayne Lavery – Lavery was a usual hard worker, setting the tempo of the press and trying to get into positive areas. Found himself overloading the wide areas in order to create space for Madine centrally, a selfless performance.
ST – Jerry Yates – Spurned a key chance towards the end but carried on in the same manner of Lavery with tireless pressing.
Callum Connolly & Dan Gretarsson not on long enough to make an impact
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