Sunday, 14 August 2011

Match Report: Blackpool 2 Peterborough 1

Blackpool were in the fourth tier when they last secured back-to-back victories at the beginning of a league campaign in 1991.It's only taken a rollercoaster 20 years for that statistic to finally be rewritten as Kevin Phillips notched his first goals in tangerine colours to put the Seasiders' amongst the early promotion pack in the Championship.The evergreen 38-year-old proved he could be an integral part of a team seeking top-flight redemption by firing two poacher's efforts either side of half time in a frenetic encounter against newly-promoted Peterborough United.The Seasiders put in a solid performance at a sunsoaked Bloomfield Road, but had to endure a late rally from the visitors to seal the points after summer transfer target George Boyd struck what proved to be a mere consolation.Ian Holloway elected to retain the same starting line-up that won at Hull nine days earlier, and his side made a positive start when Phillips' close-range header drew Paul Jones into a fine save before Elliot Grandin rattled the post from the resulting loose ball.Peterborough weathered the early storm though and had chances of their own with Lee Frecklington firstly seeing his 25-yard effort cleared off the line by Keith Southern.Seasiders stopper Matt Gilks - who shook off an injury to start - then came to the rescue to deny both Lee Tomlin and David Ball one-on-one before making a fine save from Ryan Bennett's header.

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