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Bloomfield Road (ATT 9,861) 30th November 2009 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: K Friend

Blackpool Blackpool vs Preston North End Preston

Blackpool 1

B Clarke (1)


Preston 1

R Wallace (38)

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:59 pm, November 30th 2009

  1. The second half didn't quite match the first in terms of quality and tempo but Blackpool will still feel they should have won the game. Preston were much better in the second 45 but must be happy with a draw after being battered for much of this contest.

  2. 90 + 5

    The final whistle goes and it's ended all-square between these two fierce rivals.

  3. 90 + 5

    Glorious chance for Evatt to win the game for Blackpool as he gets on the end of Bannan's corner but heads straight at Lonergan.

  4. 90 + 3

    Bouazza takes advantage of hesitant defending by Nolan but he sends his effort high over the bar from a tight angle.

  5. 90 + 2

    Bouazza drives the ball just past the post with a left-footed shot from 25 yards out.

  6. 90

    There will be five minutes of added time.

  7. 89

    Seip comes up from the back only to send a 30-yard effort high over the bar. It looks like this derby will end all-square.

  8. 88

    Adam was a fitness doubt before the game ahd he is unable to complete the match - Barry Bannan takes his place.

  9. 87

    Stephen Elliott replaces Mellor.

  10. 85

    Jon Parkin comes on for Brown.

  11. 84

    At the other end, it's Bouazza's turn to misplace a cross.

  12. 83

    Sedgewick gets into a good position on the left but his cross is a poor one and Gilks gathers.

  13. 82

    Davidson clears out of play as Blackpool look to impose themselves on the game again.

  14. 80

    Euell is caught offside from Adam's long ball forward.

  15. 78

    Vaughan latches onto a loose ball 25 yards out but gets under the ball too much and sends his effort well over.

  16. 77

    Clarke makes way for Brett Ormerod.

  17. 76

    They very nearly do as Sedgewick rises highest at the back post but directs his header wide of the target.

  18. 75

    Preston are looking the more dangerous side here - can they make Blackpool pay big time for their first-half misses?

  19. 74

    Parry does well again, on the left this time, running with the ball 50 yards to win a corner.

  20. 72

    Mellor misses Preston's best chance of the night. Parry does really well on the right to get away from his man and cut the ball back for Mellor, but he sends his effort well wide. Really poor effort.

  21. 71

    Keith Southern catches Chaplow late and the Preston man may need some treatment,

  22. 69

    Clarke goes through on goal again but the flag is up for offside - wrongly.

  23. 68

    Wallace has picked up an injury and is replaced by Paul Parry.

  24. 67

    Bouazza shoots high over the bar from just outside the box. Poor effort.

  25. 66

    Euell fails to control Adam's inventive pass - had he done so he would have been in on goal.

  26. 65

    Clarke's through ball looking for Bouazza is slightly overhit.

  27. 64

    Mallor's shot is well blocked by Evatt just inside the Blackpool box.

  28. 63

    Clarke pulls back Nolan in midfield and is shown a yellow card.

  29. 62

    The tempo of the game has dipped a bit for the first time tonight. A more even contest now.

  30. 61

    The first change of the night comes for the home side - Burgess is replaced by Jason Euell.

  31. 59

    Brown misplaces another pass - it's not been a productive night for the striker.

  32. 57

    Just seconds later, Burgess has an even better chance to score for Blackpool but somehow strikes past the post from just eight yards out. Terrible miss.

  33. 56

    Glorious chance for Chaplow to give Preston the lead. He is sent clean through on goal but Gilks is quickly out of his goal to make a good save.

  34. 54

    Eddie Nolan's header is saved by Gilks.

  35. 53

    Bouazza battles really well on the edge of the box before blasting the ball just wide of the target. His effort came off the stanchion behind the goal - half the stadium thought that was a goal.

  36. 52

    Clarke's through ball fails to find Burgess.

  37. 51

    Wallace flicks the ball past Crainey and takes a dive looking for a free-kick. Play is waved on though but no yellow card is shown to Wallace. Had it been, the goalscorer would have been sent off.

  38. 50

    Another chance for captain Adam, this time it's a header he directs over the bar. He should have done better there.

  39. 49

    At the other end, Chaplow's deflected shot is saved by Gilks.

  40. 48

    Lonergan's clearance is a poor one but Burgess fails to take advantage by sending his weak shot straight at the keeper.

  41. 47

    Good chance for Adam from 16 yards out but he is stretching and with his weaker left foot, sends his shot over the bar.

  42. 46

    Preston get the second half under way.

  43. Cracking first half at Bloomfield Road but Blackpool will feel they should be two or three ahead of their bitter rivals. They created so many chances but were made to pay for missing them by Wallace's excellent effort. Can't wait for the second half!

  44. 45 + 3

    Adam's free-kick floats just over the bar as the half-time whistle blows.

  45. 45 + 1

    Tonge tries another curling effort but gets it all wrong and skies the ball over the bar.

  46. 45

    There will be three minutes of added time.

  47. 43

    Ian Evatt then has a chance at the back post but he snatches at the ball and blasts it over the bar.

  48. 41

    What a magnificent effort by Clarke as he strikes the woodwork again. On the turn 20 yards out, he volleys the ball off the underside of the crossbar with Lonergan helpless.

  49. 39

    Wallace celebrates in front of the Preston fans - and is promptly shown a yellow card.

  50. 38

    GOAL - WALLACE.. Brilliant equaliser for Preston. A trademark free-kick from the Scot as he curls the ball over the Blackpool wall and into the top corner of the net.

  51. 37

    Clarke almost bags a second. Adam's free-kick into the box causes more problems for the Preston defence and Clarke stabs the ball off the outside of the post.

  52. 35

    Chaplow's volley is deflected into the arms of Gilks.

  53. 34

    Mellor is hauled down just outside the box by Baptiste and the defender is booked.

  54. 33

    Tonge tries a curling effort from the edge of the box but fails to replicate Clarke's effort in the opening minute and Gilks makes an easy save.

  55. 31

    Preston striker Chris Brown is caught offside.

  56. 30

    Tonge's shot is superbly blocked by a host of Blackpool defenders on the edge of the box.

  57. 28

    Burgess tries to curl the ball into the net from 20 yards out but the ball ends up in Lonergan's grateful arms. He should have opted for power there.

  58. 27

    Jones has picked up an ankle knock and needs treatment.

  59. 26

    Blackpool are not just outpassing their opponents, they are outfighting them too. They have won all the 50-50's so far.

  60. 24

    Excellent play again by Blackpool but this time Alex Baptiste misplaces a pass inside the box. The home side are flying.

  61. 23

    Burgess rises highest in the Preston box but his header is gathered by Lonergan. Preston can't deal with balls into the box.

  62. 22

    Excellent chipped ball into the box by Adam is just missed by Bouazza. More inventive play by the home side.

  63. 20

    Sedgewick makes good progress on the right flank but then delivers his cross straight out of play.

  64. 18

    Adam's low drive from 20 yards out is turned round the post by Lonergan. Good effort.

  65. 17

    Chaplow catches Adam late again, but no card is shown to the Preston man. A lucky boy.

  66. 15

    Ben Burgess blasts over the bar from 10 yards out. Good chance although he was put under pressure by two Preston defenders.

  67. 14

    Billy Jones is shown the game's first yellow card after pulling down Bouazza on the left wing.

  68. 12

    Stephen Crainey's superb cross into the box is well headed behind for a corner by Davidson.

  69. 11

    Good turn and shot inside the box by Clarke but this time Andy Lonergan makes a comfortable save.

  70. 10

    Chaplow looks for a bit of revenge as he rakes his foot down Adam's achilles. Poor challenge but ref Kevin Friend missed it.

  71. 9

    Chaplow is pulled back by Charlie Adam in midfield and is lucky not to be shown a yellow card.

  72. 8

    Good pressure again by Preston but Blackpool defend doggedly to block shots from Michael Tonge and Chris Sedgewick.

  73. 7

    Another chance for Preston. Richard Chaplow is sent through on goal by Mellor but Marcel Siep makes an impressive last-ditch challenge. Great entertainment so far.

  74. 5

    First real attack for Preston leads to a chance for Ross Wallace. He cuts inside his man and goes for goal from 12 yards out but Matthew Gilks is equal to it and Neil Mellor skies the rebound over the bar.

  75. 4

    Blackpool have the ball in the back of the net again - but this time Hameur Bouazza is offside.

  76. 2

    How do Preston react to this? They've hardly had a kick so far and the Blackpool fans are making some noise.

  77. 1

    GOAL - BILLY CLARKE. Unbelievable start to the game! Clarke picks the ball up on the edge of the box and curls the ball into the corner of the net after just 22 seconds. Wow!

  78. 1

    Blackpool get the game under way here.

  79. Let me know your thoughts tonight at - how much does this derby game mean to the fans?

  80. Hameur Bouazza is back for Blackpool after returning from international duty while Billy Clarke comes in for Brett Ormerod. Preston have key man Ross Wallace back in for Paul Parry while Youl Mawene misses out but Callum Davidson is fit.

  81. Preston: Lonergan, Jones, Nolan, Collins, Davidson, Sedgwick, Tonge, Chaplow, Wallace, Brown, Mellor. Subs: Henderson, Hart, Shumulikoski, Carter, Parry, Parkin, Elliott. Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

  82. Blackpool: Gilks, Baptiste, Evatt, Seip, Crainey, Clarke, Adam, Southern, Vaughan, Burgess, Bouazza. Subs: Rachubka, Eardley, Ormerod, Taylor-Fletcher, Euell, Edwards, Bannan.



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