Blackpool 1 Swansea 1
9th Dec 2006
Swansea City fell out of the play-off places for the first time in 2 months after drawing 1-1 away at Blackpool this weekend.
Kenny Jackett was boosted with the returns of Lee Trundle and Izzy Iriekpen after injury and they both were included in the starting line-up. Adebayo Akinfenwa returned to the bench in place of Fallon as Craney went back into midfield.
For the hosts, manager Simon Grayson went with the same side that beat Cheltenham which included former winger Adrian 'the moaner' Forbes.
Andy Morrell had a great first chance for the Seasiders early on. Hoolahan put a good through ball to the former Wrexham striker but he failed to find the target from just six yards out.
Blackpool thought they had took the lead in the 9th minute but their goal was ruled out for offside. Parker was just ahead of the last defender as he got on the end of Forbes' through ball.
'Pool were the better side and were the team creating the most chances but Swansea grabbed the lead after 23 minutes. Lee Trundle whipped in a cross from the corner and Dickinson headed the ball into his own net.
Blackpool continued to create a flurry of chances but they were unable to force Gueret into making any saves.
At the start of the second half, Grayson brought off Andy Morrell and replaced him with Ben Burgess.
Andy Robinson went close with a well-taken free-kick, the keeper looked to have had it covered but he managed to block Trundle's effort from the rebound.
Blackpool then had another goal dissallowed for offside, and Parker again was the one putting the ball in the net. Gueret couldn't hang on to Southern's shot and Parker finished off from the rebound, but the linesman's flag was raised. A debatable decision that the home fans were obviously not happy about.
With Blackpool continuing to create chances, it looked as if it simply wasn't going to be their day. Hoolahans' strike hit the crossbar and Burgess could have done better but his attempt was saved by Gueret.
Grayson then made the key substition in the 79th minute as the goalscorer Scott Vernon came on to replace Michael Jackson. Two minutes later and he equalised for the home side.
Yet another through ball caused trouble amongst the Swansea defence and it was third time lucky (for Blackpool!) as Vernon done what Burgess should have and tucked home the equaliser.
New signing Ian Craney went close to regaining the lead for us but he fired a shot just over the ball from the edge of the area.
Overall I would definately have taken a point away at Blackpool but it's always dissapointing to concede an equaliser so late in the game, as well as dropping outside the playoff places.
Blackpool: Evans, Barker, Jackson (Vernon 79), Evatt, Dickinson, Forbes, Fox, Southern, Hoolahan, Parker, Morrell (Burgess 46).
Subs Not Used: Wilkinson, Jorgensen, Farrelly.
Goals: Vernon 83.
Swansea: Gueret, Amankwaah, Lawrence, Iriekpen (Watt 72), Austin, Robinson, Craney, Tate, Britton (MacDonald 90), Fallon (Akinfenwa 64), Trundle.
Subs Not Used: Oakes, Meslien.
Booked: Craney, Gueret.
Goals: Dickinson 21 og.
Ref: S Mathieson (Cheshire).
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