Plymouth 1 Blackpool 3
By Editor
Wednesday 13 Sep 2017 03:34:00
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'One man team' has been banded about by some for the success of Blackpool this season, and whilst Sean Longstaff's introduction after 57 minutes was clearly to the benefit of the visitors to Home Park on Tuesday, it was goals from Colin Daniel, Jimmy Ryan and Nathan Delfouenso that resulted in the Seasiders first away win of the season.  Whilst Plymouth admittedly picked up their colt 45 and shot themselves in the foot with their third sending off of the season, Gary Bowyer's side looked good for the win in the end playing in conditions thar were more condusive with kite flying than football. It extends the unbeaten record in the league to six games and for the first time moves them in to the Play Offs and a point clear of the chasing pack.

With Longstaff available again, Bowyer will have realised that this is a 'long game' season and there was little point throwing the impressive loan player in from the start with another four league games to come this month. Instead he kept faith with a side that picked up an impressive point at Glanford Park on Saturday, and one which is starting to have a familiar look about it away from home. As well as the 'one man team' accusation, there have been concerns about the firepower in this side and especially the forwards, however any manager will tell you that goals from across the side is better than being reliant on an in form striker and it will have pleased Bowyer that three of his players were on the score sheet on the South Coast. 

The first of those was from Colin Daniel whose 20 yard strike tqok a deflection off a Plymouth defender after just 2 minutes to beat McCormick in the Argyle goal, much to the delight of the 115 travelling fans who were enjoying the night free thanks to Sky Bet who rewarded them for the ridiculous Tuesday night journey. Sometimes scoring so early can be a hinderance, however 'Pool kept the home side at bay until a sustained period of pressure took it's toll at the start of the second half when a David Fox corner was met by Sonny Bradley who headed past Allsop. The introduction of Longstaff for D'Almeida a few minutes later would have been how Bowyer would have hoped to have changed the game but it was the sending off of centre back Ryan Edwards for a second bookable offence which changed the course of the game. Captain Jimmy Ryan opened his account for the season with an angled 20 yard drive 5 minutes later before Nathan Delfouenso who had only been on the pitch 9 minutes made sure of the 3 points with a long range drive. There were arguably more Blackpool fans left than Plymouth as the referee sounded his full time whistle a few minutes later.

On the day Blackpool fans heard the sad news about fan 'Rocky' - this one was for him. Three points in the bag and a move in to 5th place with a side that many predicted would struggle in this league especially following the departures of Aldred, Potts and Samuel. Instead, it seems to have consolidated this group of players in to a defiant and resilient team who have now picked up 4 wins from 7. Whether it's an early season blip or if there's enough in this squad to go further will become evident in the forthcoming weeks and months.

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