AFC Bournemouth: Blackpool rock Cherries' bid for hat-trick of home wins (UPDATED WITH VIDEO) (From Bournemouth Echo)
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AFC Bournemouth: Blackpool rock Cherries' bid for hat-trick of home wins
CHERRIES’ bid to complete a hat-trick of home wins was thwarted by Championship leaders Blackpool today.
Ricardo Fuller headed the visitors into a seventh-minute lead before Lewis Grabban struck to level just five minutes later.
However, Neal Bishop’s near post header three minutes into the second half settled the issue in favour of Blackpool who had defender Jack Robinson sent off for two yellow cards and boss Paul Ince banished to the stands.
His place was taken by midfielder Eunan O’Kane, the 23-year-old handed his first start in the Championship following two substitute appearances.
Harry Cornick, signed by Cherries earlier this year from Wessex League Christchurch, was named on the bench, as was fit-again Josh McQuoid.
Cherries made a lively start and fashioned an opening inside the first 60 seconds, only for Grabban to head tamely wide from Brett Pitman’s lofted cross.
Blackpool took the lead after seven minutes when Fuller planted a stooping header past Ryan Allsop, with Jack Robinson’s long throw finding its way to the far post.
It was short lived though as Cherries levelled just five minutes later when the visitors also paid a heavy price for failing to deal with a long throw into the 18-yard box. And after Steve Cook’s mule-like delivery had fallen to Grabban, the in-form striker swept home his fifth goal of the season with a delightful left-foot finish from around 12 yards.
Grabban went close to adding to his opener when his stinging drive was deflected over the crossbar before he just failed to connect with Pitman’s centre at the far post.
Blackpool defender Kirk Broadfoot’s timely tackle prevent Ryan Fraser having a free run on goal before Neal Bishop ballooned a chance high over the crossbar.
The visitors wasted a glorious opportunity to score when manager’s son Thomas Ince fired against the base of the post after being set free by Fuller’s defensive-splitting pass.
Blackpool regained the lead three minutes into the second half when Bishop and Shaun MacDonald challenged for an Ince corner at the near post, with a faint touch taking the ball past Allsop.
Robinson, booked in the first half for felling Fraser, received a second yellow card and his marching orders for tripping the Scotsman after 58 minutes.
As Cherries looked to make the most of their numerical advantage, Pitman’s speculative effort flashed past the post before Elliott Ward hooked wide of the upright.
Substitute Wes Thomas headed over from a Simon Francis cross, Fraser’s low drive struck a defender and a Pitman shot deflected for a corner.
Nathan Delfouneso blazed wide from close range before Blackpool boss Paul Ince was sent from the technical area for appearing to throw a water bottle in frustration at the miss.
Thomas fired into the hands of Gilks following a frantic scramble and MacDonald saw his hopeful 25-yard effort go well wide. Pitman had the ball in the net in the dying seconds, although his effort was ruled out for offside.
Cherries: Allsop, Francis, Cook, Ward, Daniels, Fraser, MacDonald, O’Kane, Pugh (Thomas, 71), Pitman, Grabban.
Unused subs: Hughes, Elphick, Harte, Cornick, McQuoid, Flahavan (g/k).
Seasiders: Gilks, Basham (Orr, 52), Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Robinson, Ferguson, Martinez (Delfouneso, 61), Osbourne, Bishop, Ince, Fuller (Tyson, 75).
Unused subs: Grant, Chopra, Barkhuizen, Halstead (g/k).
Booked: Robinson, Ferguson, Gilks.
Sent off: Robinson.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands).
Attendance: 9,446 (including 800 away supporters).
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