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Blackpool 2-1 Hartlepool United

Kyle Vassell came off the bench to score a late winner as Blackpool moved into the League Two play-off places with victory over Hartlepool.

It looked as though Blackpool, unbeaten in eight games heading into this clash, would have to settle for a point after Bright Osayi-Samuel's fifth goal of the season cancelled out Lewis Alessandra's opener for the visitors.

But with 10 minutes left Vassell, returning from a broken foot, struck to hand the Seasiders a third successive win and propel them to fifth in the table.

The visitors led after 18 minutes when Alessandra capitalised on some hesitant Blackpool defending and fired the ball home from 15 yards.

Blackpool midfielder Osayi-Samuel quickly levelled things up with a cool finish moments later.

The hosts had Dean Lyness to thank for keeping Hartlepool at bay before half-time, denying first Lewis Hawkins and then Padraig Amond, and then acrobatically tipping over Alessandra's shot.

Lyness denied Amond again after the break before substitute Vassell's cross-shot looped over Joe Fryer and into the far corner from the tightest of angles.

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Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 27Lyness
  • 2Mellor
  • 15Aldred
  • 5Robertson
  • 23Daniel
  • 30DelfounesoSubstituted forFloresat 69'minutes
  • 35DannsBooked at 64minsSubstituted forBlackat 72'minutes
  • 28Payne
  • 21Osayi-Samuel
  • 8Potts
  • 9CullenSubstituted forVassellat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Aimson
  • 7Vassell
  • 12Flores
  • 19Matt
  • 29Odelusi
  • 37Black

Hartlepool

  • 42Fryer
  • 33DonnellyBooked at 36mins
  • 8Walker
  • 26Harrison
  • 17Deverdics
  • 14WoodsSubstituted forRooneyat 84'minutes
  • 4FeatherstoneBooked at 45mins
  • 18Hawkins
  • 7N ThomasBooked at 74mins
  • 9Amond
  • 15Alessandra

Substitutes

  • 6Bates
  • 11Oates
  • 28Rooney
  • 31Dudzinski
  • 34Hawkes
  • 35Richardson
  • 38Rodney
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
5,374

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamHartlepool
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home16
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away8
Corners
Home4
Away3
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Hartlepool United 1.

Attempt saved. Kyle Vassell (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Ian Black (Blackpool).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Foul by Brad Potts (Blackpool).

Nicky Deverdics (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Hartlepool United. Louis Rooney replaces Michael Woods.

Attempt saved. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 2, Hartlepool United 1. Kyle Vassell (Blackpool) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Blackpool).

Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Bright Samuel (Blackpool).

Liam Donnelly (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt saved. Brad Potts (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Joe Fryer.

Jack Payne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Ian Black replaces Neil Danns.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Kyle Vassell replaces Mark Cullen.

Attempt missed. Brad Potts (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Liam Donnelly.

Jordan Flores (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Harrison (Hartlepool United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Flores replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Foul by Neil Danns (Blackpool).

Lewis Alessandra (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Bright Samuel (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Nathan Delfouneso.

Attempt saved. Brad Walker (Hartlepool United) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Dean Lyness.

Booking

Neil Danns (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Attempt saved. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) because of an injury.

Attempt blocked. Neil Danns (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Neil Danns (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster38239675443178
2Plymouth382261058401872
3Portsmouth392081161352668
4Stevenage391951564521262
5Blackpool391515961402160
6Luton391515956371960
7Exeter391781463471659
8Carlisle391514105658-259
9Mansfield391513114843558
10Colchester39169145551457
11Wycombe391510144747055
12Cambridge38159144842654
13Grimsby391410154648-252
14Barnet391215125053-351
15Accrington381213134849-149
16Crewe391212154554-948
17Crawley39139174760-1348
18Yeovil391016134251-946
19Morecambe39137194661-1546
20Notts County39137194365-2246
21Hartlepool391011184965-1641
22Cheltenham39912183955-1639
23Newport39712204364-2133
24Leyton Orient3995254170-2932
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