Blackpool win five-goal thriller
21 October 2008
BLACKPOOL beat in-form Derby County 3-2 in a thriller at Bloomfield Road.
It's the first Tuesday night victory at home since March 2007 and was well-earned, even if there were more than a few nervy moments towards the end.
Goals from Alan Gow, Gary Taylor-Fletcher and Ben Burgess secured a victory – the first since the win at Birmingham last month.
Derby deserve credit for a sterling fightback and several times they came close to nicking an equaliser, both at 2-1 and 3-2 down.
Gow and Taylor-Fletcher had put Pool ahead at the break as the Seasiders scored more than one goal in a game for the first time all season.
Gow struck on his first start for the club when he finished in beautiful fashion on 34 minutes after a good move involving David Vaughan, Burgess and Rob Edwards.
Gow latched onto the ball and dispatched it into the bottom corner in an instant, a quality finish giving Stephen Bywater no chance.
It capped an excellent opening 45 minutes for the on-loan Glasgow Rangers man, who displayed neat touches throughout and no little skill.
Gow only started because Steve Kabba failed a late fitness test on an ankle injury.
Is goal gave Pool confidence. Up until that point it had been an even game with Derby having the better of it.
But Gow's goal inspired the Seasiders and they doubled their advantage two minutes before the break.
Burgess passed from the right, Gow laid the ball off and Taylor-Fletcher showed good pace to get in front of a defender and smash a low shot past Bywater.
It was Taylor-Fletcher's third goal of the season, his first at Bloomfield Road.
Gow's strike was his second in consecutive home matches after nicking a last-gasp equaliser against Cardiff a fortnight ago.
The second half was even better, though Pool were less dominant.
The visitor's pulled a goal back on 62 minutes when Kris Commons curled a beauty of a free kick into the top corner. Rachubka got a hand to the ball but couldn't keep it out.
But Burgess restored the Seasiders two-goal advantage three minutes later when he slid in at the near post to prod home Keith Southern's left wing cut back. Gow had played the ball to Southern, which meant he'd played a part in all three goals.
Derby hit back again though on 72 minutes – and what a bad goal to concede from the Seasiders point of view.
Danny Coid and Paul Rachubka got in a tangle failing to deal with a routine through ball and substitute Mile Sterjovski was given the simplest of tasks to roll the ball into an unguarded net from 18 yards.
Joe Martin, on for Vaughan, almost sealed victory but his shot was saved by Bywater.
No matter. The Seasiders played out five minutes of added on time without too many scares and picked up three big points. They also made it unbeaten in six.
Coid got the nod over Martin to replace Mo Camara; the loan man wasn't allowed to play against his employers.
It was Coid's first start since Norwich City on August 16. Tonight he played at left back, as opposed to his favoured right back role and – apart from the mix up for Derby's second goal – did excellently.
Derby made two changes from the side which won 2-1 at home to Plymouth at the weekend.
Commons and Dean Leacock came into the starting 11. Commons replaced Steve Davies, who suffered a fractured eye socket during Staurday's victory. Leacock was in for Lewin Nyatanga.
Rob Hulse, who cost Paul Jewell £1.75m in the summer, started alongside Commons up front and was the dangerman after scoring in each of his last two outings. But apart from an early shot flashed past the post he did little of note all evening.
Blackpool recorded their first Tuesday night win since a 2-0 win over Bournemouth 18 months ago.
The two teams last met at Bloomfield Road in the league in 1986, when Derby – with Arthur Cox in charge – emerged winners.
Tonight Blackpool got some long overdue revenge.
BLACKPOOL: Rachubka, Barker, Evatt, Edwards, Coid, Taylor-Fletcher, Southern, Jorgensen, Vaughan, Burgess, Gow. Subs: Hammill, Fox, Martin, Rehman, Mitchley.
DERBY: Bywater, Connolly, Green, Stewart, Commons, Hulse, Leacock, Davis, Addison, Barazite. Subs: Carroll, Kazmierczak, Villa, Sterjovski, Nyatanga.
REF: Andy Hall
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21 October 2008 9:39 PM