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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Armand Gnanduillet (42')
  • Sean Longstaff (62')
  • Jimmy Ryan (74')

Pressure mounts on Northampton as Blackpool cruise to victory

Blackpool heaped more pressure on struggling Northampton with a convincing 3-0 win at Bloomfield Road to pile the pressure on Cobblers' caretaker manager Dean Austin.
In an even first half, both goalkeepers stood out, with Northampton's Richard O'Donnell plunging to his left to deny Viv Solomon-Otabor and then punching clear a Jimmy Ryan volley.
Blackpool in turn were indebted to Joe Lumley, who saved a close-range Kevin van Veen header and denied Chris Long when through on goal.
The Seasiders took the lead on the stroke of half-time through Armand Gnanduillet's instinctive side-footed finish when he was played in from the right.
Northampton then wilted under Blackpool's second-half dominance, with Solomon-Otabor particularly effective on the left wing.
Gnanduillet hit a post and David Buchanan cleared a Nathan Delfouneso effort off the line before Sean Longstaff doubled the lead after 62 minutes with a sweet strike from 25 yards.
Curtis Tilt also hit a post from point-blank range, but Blackpool sealed the game 15 minutes from time when Ryan's free-kick deflected off the wall to leave O'Donnell stranded.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 11 +16 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 12 +8 23
3 Peterborough United 12 +13 21
4 Bristol Rovers 12 +3 21
5 Fleetwood Town 11 +6 20
6 Blackpool 13 +2 20
7 Coventry City 12 +1 20
8 Oxford United 13 +10 19
9 Sunderland 11 +2 19
10 Rotherham United 11 +8 18
11 Doncaster Rovers 11 0 16
12 Lincoln City 13 -2 16
13 Shrewsbury Town 11 -3 16
14 Burton Albion 10 +5 15
15 Gillingham 12 +3 14
16 Portsmouth 10 +1 13
17 Rochdale 12 -7 13
18 Tranmere Rovers 12 -5 12
19 Milton Keynes Dons 12 -7 12
20 Accrington Stanley 12 -6 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 13 -6 9
22 Southend United 12 -19 4
23 Bolton Wanderers 10 -23 -8