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PREVIEW: THE IMPS VS BLACKPOOL

17 January 2020

The Imps host Simon Grayson's Blackpool in SkyBet League One action this Saturday, with the two sides separated by goal difference.

Michael Appleton’s side are unbeaten at home in the league since the 44-year-old took charge of the Imps in September.

City are currently on an unbeaten run of six home league games following a successful 5-1 win over Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday night.

The Imps last faced Blackpool in September last year when Appleton made his debut in the dugout for Lincoln. Jack Payne was on the scoresheet for City as they suffered a 2-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road.

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The Seasiders currently occupy 13th spot in Skybet League One, on equal points with the Imps and Gillingham.

Blackpool have not picked up three points in their last five games with Grayson's side last securing a win against Fleetwood in December.

Liam Feeney, Sullay Kaikai and Armand Gnanduillet were all on the scoresheet for Blackpool as they fired three past Joey Barton's side. Conor McAnley was the only goalscorer for Fleetwood.

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Manager’s comments

Simon Grayson spoke highly of the job that Michael Appleton is doing at LNER Stadium in his press conference.

The Blackpool boss spoke to the club's website saying: "Michael has gone in there and done a good job. He got a good result against Bolton when they won 5-1, they scored three goals in the last five minutes.

"They are able to pass the ball around and got a lot going up front with Tyler Walker, Tyreece from Arsenal and John Akinde."

The Seasiders boss continued by speaking about his side's preparation: "We have to do the basics right and stop the opposition from playing. We need to pick out the ball better, I keep mentioning it but we need to stop giving the ball away cheaply too often. 

"We need to make better decisions because we keep giving it away and the opposition hurt us. We are working on that and we are hoping to turn the corner." 

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The Sky Bet League One clash between the Imps and Blackpool is available to watch live, with BBC Radio Lincolnshire commentary, on iFollow for International Imps. UK based supporters are able to purchase an audio match pass.

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MATCH REPORT: THE IMPS VS BLACKPOOL

18 January 2020

Almost 9,000 fans witnessed the Imps pick up their second set of three points this week. Tyreece John-Jules was the hero on the day scoring the only goal as Lincoln beat Blackpool 1-0 at LNER Stadium.

The Teams:

The Imps made three changes to their starting line up from their last game with Max Melbourne making his first league start for the Imps.

Tyreece John-Jules returned to the starting line-up after missing out on Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Bolton Wanderers. January arrival Tayo Edun was given his debut in front of the LNER Stadium replacing Conor Coventry.

The Imps:

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Blackpool: Howard, Bola, Heneghan, Delfouneso, Spearing, Feeney, Tilt, Turton, Gnaduillet, Guy, Ward

Substitutes: Sims, Thorniley, Kaikai, Virtue, Nuttall, Husband, Madine

KICK-OFF

The visiting side started brightly with Liam Feeney providing a cross for Nathan Delfouneso inside the Imps goals. However, the Blackpool attacker’s header was sent wide causing no problems for Josh Vickers.

The Imps soon had their first chance of an attack with a free-kick won on the edge of the area by Tyler Walker. Jorge Grant was the man with the delivery, but it was slightly too much for Jason Shackell to meet at the back post.

Lincoln were on the front foot again, this time with some impressive passing football. Walker and Tyreece John-Jules linked up well before finding Joe Morrell in midfield who played an impressive pass to Grant. The midfielder then knocked a backheeled pass to Max Melbourne who found Morrell. The Welsh international’s delivery into the area almost came off however, Blackpool’s Ben Heneghan beat Walker to the header before clearing to safety.

The game continued to go from end to end with Simon Grayson’s side almost coming close from a corner. The Seasiders delivered the ball into the City area, beyond Vickers, however the Imps were saved by the back post before it was cleared to safety.

Grant continued to create the attacking scenarios for Lincoln picking up the ball in the middle of the park before playing it to Morrell. City’s number 19 then found Neal Eardley who was racing forward, the former Blackpool man was keen to score against his former club as he attempted to fire one home from outside the area. However, Eardley’s shot went wide causing no problems for Mark Howard.

Melbourne made an impressive start on his full Imps league debut winning City a penalty. The young left-back played a simple one-two with Grant before being fouled in the area. Walker stepped up, driving his shot low and hard but Blackpool shot-stopper Howard managed to get a strong glove to the ball keeping the scores at 0-0.

Despite the Imps earlier miss they continued to have the attacking possession. Harry Anderson and Eardley this time creating the chance for Lincoln. The right-back played through Anderson who beat his man before putting a cross into the Blackpool area which was cleared quickly.

Lincoln kept trying to take the lead. Anderson providing the cross for Tyreece John-Jules who rushed his shot after being under pressure Curtis Tilt. The striker came close moments later forcing Howard to pull off an impressive save from his header after Eardley played a superb delivery from the right side.

The Imps finished the half with a corner won by Anderson on the right side. Grant fired in his delivery however Armand Gnaduillet quickly cleared to safety. Lincoln continued to try and squeeze in a goal before halftime but no real opportunities arouse for Michael Appleton’s side before the referee blew up for the break.

HALF-TIME – THE IMPS 0 BLACKPOOL 0

Lincoln started the second half with an attacking threat. Tayo Edun did well in midfield to pick the ball up from a sloppy Blackpool pass. The new City arrival ran from 30-yards out into the area before trying to slot a pass-through to Walker, however, the visiting goalkeeper was quick off his line to collect the ball.

With Blackpool not causing any threat to Lincoln’s goal in the opening stages of the second half, the Imps continued to attack. This time Morrell picked up the ball in the centre of the field, playing a great pass to the overlapping Melbourne on the left. The full-back’s cross was blocked and went out for a corner which led to no goal-scoring opportunity for the Imps.

The visiting side made their first change of the game on the hour mark bringing new signing Gary Madine on for Gnanduillet as well as replacing Liam Feeney with Joe Nuttall. Melbourne was the first player in the book, picking up a yellow card for a foul on Grant Ward.

JOHN-JULES opened his account for the Imps with a simple well-placed finish following a quick attack from Lincoln. The youngster made his run perfectly allowing Walker to play through a great pass before calmly finishing. City's number nine became the side’s 13th different league goalscorer this season.

John-Jules was involved in the action moments later, this time up the other end of the pitch when Blackpool came close from a corner. The striker blocked two efforts on the line from Curtis Tilt to keep the score 1-0 to Lincoln.

Marc Bola attempted to grab an equaliser for the visiting side, but the 22-year-old could only watch his side fire wide of the top right corner. Grayson followed by making an attacking change bringing on Sulley KaiKai for Ward.

Lincoln were on the hunt for their second with the crowd on the edge of their seats when Walker came close at the back post only for his effort to skim across goal.

Vickers made an important stop in the last few minutes of the game as Madine thought he had scored a late equaliser. The Imps goalkeeper got down well as the pair came one-on-one. The Blackpool striker followed up with a second strike, but it was Anderson who cleared the ball off the line, however, it wouldn't have counted anyway as the linesman had his flag up for offside. 

FULL-TIME – THE IMPS 1 BLACKPOOL 0

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The Imps

1          Josh VICKERS

5          Jason SHACKELL (C)

6          Cian BOLGER

9          Tyreece JOHN-JULES

17        Tyler WALKER

18        Jorge GRANT

19        Joe MORRELL

23        Neal EARDLEY

24        Max Melbourne

26        Harry ANDERSON

37      Tayo EDUN

Substitutes

21        Grant SMITH

10       Jack PAYNE

12        Ellis CHAPMAN

20       Conor COVENTRY

22        Aaron LEWIS

25        Zack ELBOUZEDI

28       Jake HESKETH

 

GOALS: 63’ Tyreece JOHN-JULES

BOOKED: 60’ Max MELBOURNE

 

Blackpool 

1       Mark HOWARD

3       Marc BOLA

6       Ben HENEGHAN

7       Nathan DELFOUNESO

8       Jay SPEARING

11     Liam FEENEY

16     Curtis TILT

20     Ollie TURTON

21     Armand GNANDUILLET

25     Callum GUY

27     Grant WARD

Substitutes

28     Jack SIMS

4       Jordan THORNILEY

10     Sullay KAIKAI (75’ Grant Ward)

17     Matty VIRTUE

24     Joe NUTTALL (60’ Liam FEENEY)

26     James HUSBAND

30     Gary MADINE (60’ Armand GNANDUILLET)

 

Referee: Ollie YATES

Assistants: Oliver MACKEY and David HUNT

4th Official: Richard WIGGLESWORTH

 

Attendance: 8,929 (741 Blackpool Fans)

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