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Blackpool 1-1 Leeds United

Gary Madine
Gary Madine (right) is Blackpool's joint top scorer this season with three

Leeds came back to draw at bottom-of-the-table Blackpool in a game boycotted by hundreds of fans.

Many Blackpool supporters chose to watch non-league side AFC Blackpool's game against Bootle instead.

Gary Madine put the hosts in front with a diving header after Andrea Orlandi's free-kick hit the woodwork.

Sub Mirco Antenucci levelled for the visitors with a neat lob but the Seasiders stopped their run of six successive defeats.

Despite putting an end to their losing run, the hosts are 17 points adrift of safety with just nine games to go and their relegation could be confirmed when they visit Bolton in a fortnight.

Hundreds of home fans chose to stay away from the game after a pre-match protest against the club's owners, the Oyston family.

A number of them attended AFC Blackpool's 2-1 win over Bootle in the North West Counties Premier Division.

Those that chose to watch the Seasiders saw their side score for the first time since 28 February when Madine headed home just before the break after Orlandi's free-kick had struck the woodwork.

The Sheffield Wednesday loanee is Blackpool's joint-top scorer this season with three goals.

The visitors, who are now unbeaten in their last five outings, should have equalised when Antenucci fired over Gaetano Berardi's cross but the Italian made amends with a measured lob after a terrible mistake by Tangerines skipper Peter Clarke.

Miles Addison and Michael Jacobs were both denied by visiting keeper Marco Silvestri as Leeds held out for the point.

Blackpool boss Lee Clark: "The lads are playing for their futures in football and they've shown me that they can deliver performances today. Whether it's with Blackpool or not they've got to fight for their future.

"We should have won the game, we deserved to. The players deserved three points. There were lots of good individual performances out there."

Leeds boss Neil Redfearn: "I have to say it must be an absolute nightmare for them trying to get results on this. It's just a quagmire. All it needs is a path through the middle and you've got park playing fields.

"You come to Blackpool, bottom of the league and everybody thinks you're going to beat them six and seven and it doesn't work like that. If you're picking up points away from home you're doing the right things."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 32Hall
  • 6Clarke
  • 48O'Dea
  • 18Dunne
  • 22Cubero LoriaBooked at 61mins
  • 17Addison
  • 4Perkins
  • 11OrlandiBooked at 90mins
  • 24Madine
  • 12Jacobs

Substitutes

  • 2Aldred
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 21Parish
  • 25Ferguson
  • 34Telford
  • 43Osavi-Samuel

Leeds

  • 1Silvestri
  • 15Wootton
  • 3Bamba
  • 5BellusciBooked at 90mins
  • 12Berardi
  • 7Murphy
  • 23L Cook
  • 2ByramBooked at 66mins
  • 27MowattSubstituted forAntenucciat 54'minutes
  • 21TaylorSubstituted forDoukaraat 75'minutes
  • 8SharpSubstituted forMorisonat 54'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Austin
  • 10Cani
  • 13Taylor
  • 19Morison
  • 29Doukara
  • 32Cooper
  • 34Antenucci
Referee:
Scott Duncan
Attendance:
11,688

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamLeeds
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home19
Away11
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away2
Fouls
Home6
Away22

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Leeds United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Leeds United 1.

Attempt missed. Michael Jacobs (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Luke Murphy (Leeds United).

Booking

Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Darren O'Dea (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Sam Byram.

Booking

Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andrea Orlandi (Blackpool).

Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Lewis Cook (Leeds United).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Marco Silvestri.

Attempt saved. Michael Jacobs (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Michael Jacobs (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Giuseppe Bellusci (Leeds United).

Grant Hall (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Souleymane Doukara (Leeds United).

Attempt blocked. Steve Morison (Leeds United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Lewis Cook.

Offside, Blackpool. José Cubero tries a through ball, but Miles Addison is caught offside.

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Offside, Blackpool. Andrea Orlandi tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

Offside, Blackpool. Gary Madine tries a through ball, but Andrea Orlandi is caught offside.

Charles Dunne (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sam Byram (Leeds United).

Michael Jacobs (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Scott Wootton (Leeds United).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Steve Morison (Leeds United) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Mirco Antenucci (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Leeds United. Souleymane Doukara replaces Charlie Taylor.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Peter Clarke (Blackpool) because of an injury.

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Gaetano Berardi (Leeds United).

Attempt saved. Miles Addison (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Michael Jacobs.

Attempt blocked. Luke Murphy (Leeds United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bournemouth392110882404273
2Watford392261178463272
3Middlesbrough39219959302972
4Norwich392010976433370
5Derby3919101069432667
6Ipswich3919101059431667
7Brentford392061364521266
8Wolves3918111056451165
9Nottm Forest391512126254857
10Blackburn391412135150154
11Charlton391315114850-254
12Sheff Wed391314123640-453
13Leeds391410154347-452
14Cardiff391312144850-251
15Birmingham381114134355-1247
16Brighton391015144346-345
17Bolton39129184657-1145
18Huddersfield391111174867-1944
19Reading38128184261-1944
20Fulham39127205068-1843
21Rotherham39913174060-2040
22Wigan39811203552-1735
23Millwall39712203364-3133
24Blackpool39411243078-4823
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