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Nat Phillips loved it!




Dembele scored here for Peterborough earlier in the season and he's just given us a crucial three points!

A great finish in a game where, it didn't look like it would be our day, but those final five minutes were absolutely superb.

The bench went wild, the fans went wild and we're watching the lads now with those travelling supporters enjoying what could be a really special moment in our season.


With 20 seconds to go...


The ball is calmly played to Dembele on the right-hand side and he was so quick that he beat his man and got into space.

He deceives the goalkeeper and sidefoots it in at the near post - absolutely sensational.

They all run to the head coach Scott Parker and the whole squad go mad on the touchline!







It's been all us since the goal...

We've been on top since the leveller to say the least.

Blackpool are looking to cynically foul our players everytime we have a dangerous looking attack, but they weren't able to bring down Cantwell who was 25-yards out.

He smashed a low shot which bounced just in front of the 'keeper and Grimshaw was able to smother it.

The fans are in great voice trying to push us on to a late winner.



We have an equaliser!

A low cross across the middle is deflected into the path of Lowe and he tucks home from close range.

What a moment for Lowe and the Cherries fans sing his name at the top of their lungs. Now to push on for a winner!

Beforehand, Leif Davis came on for Jordan Zemura.


Phillips now playing up-front

Nat Phillips is now playing as a striker as the Cherries go all out.

That is leaving us susceptible on the counter attack and Anthony receives a yellow card for a foul. 



Travers, that is exceptional.

Gary Madine rises highest from a corner and looks set to double the lead but Travers jumps with his arms outstretched and makes a superb block.


Change for Bournemouth

Emiliano Marcondes is the latest to come on, replacing Philip Billing.



Cantwell curls a brilliant cross in with the outside of his foot, but no-one is on the end of it.

Anthony keeps it alive and puts another cross in, Cantwell flicks it on and Zemura shoots but a defender is alert to make the block!


Change for Blackpool

Jerry Yates is replaced by Shayne Lavery for the final 20 minutes or so.


Change for the Cherries

Just before that Cantwell effort, the Cherries made our first change.

Jamal Lowe comes on for Jack Stacey and the Cherries move to a back three, Cook operating from the centre but stepping forward where he can.



Almost from Cantwell!

Siriki goes on a superb run on the left and lets the ball run for Cantwell.

He shifts it onto his right foot and drives at effort at goal.

It's wobbling and Grimshaw does really well to palm away.


Blackpool hit the bar!

A free-kick from the right is headed away by a Cherries defender but only to Oliver Casey at the edge of the box. His vicious volley crashes off the bar!  


Solanke puts it wide

Better from the Cherries!

We work the ball down the right touchline and Billing's low cross finds Solanke at the near post.

He could only guide it on and it falls the wrong side of the post.


Break in play

Blackpool's captain Marvin Ekpiteta needs treatment for an injury, as the Cherries win a corner.

He can't continue and Oliver Casey comes on. 


The pitch is proving difficult

The rain is pouring and it's making the pitch really heavy.

Twice in quick succession passes from Cherries players get caught up and don't reach their target.

The first as Solanke did well to spin his marker, trying to find Zemura in space on the left.

The other as Kelly's pass didn't reach Solanke, the forward forced into a foul in a crossing position. The Cherries deal with it well though.



Superb from Travers!

Phillips's under-hit pass is intercepted and the ball is laid off for Bowler in the box, his strike flying towards the top corner but Travers does well to tip it away.



The Cherries have a shout for another penalty as Anthony is bundled down in the box, the ball not settling for another player in green.

Billing then has a chance after a great run from Dembele, setting it back for the Dane. He strikes with his left foot but it flies over the bar!



There's been a definite increase in tempo by the Cherries in this second half and Billing forces the first save.

He takes aim from distance and it looks like it takes a deflection and Grimshaw does well to hold.

At the other end, Bowler's low ball misses everyone in the middle, including Hamilton who dives at it at the back post.


Back underway.

Blackpool kick-off this second half.

Big response needed from the Cherries!



The Cherries are behind at the break.


Two minutes added



It's all Blackpool at the moment.

The Cherries give the ball away carelessly and Bowler strides into the area, driving a low shot across goal.

Travers gets down and tips it behind, taking it away from Madine who was primed to tap home. 


Last-ditch from Phillips

Blackpool look dangerous at the moment and are hitting us quickly on the counter attack.

Bowler involved again and sends in a low ball towards Madine at the near post, Phillips diving across to send it behind.

The corner is well defended.


GOAL - Blackpool

What a goal.

Josh Bowler opens the scoring for Blackpool.

The ball falls kindly for him at the edge of the box and his first time left-footed effort curls away from Travers and into the top corner. 


Just not connecting out there

The penalty save has revitalised Blackpool and their supporters and the Cherries are going through a period where it's just not linking up.

They're working really hard, summed up as Cantwell miscontrolled a pass before putting in a real shift to win it back and set up a move.

The Cherries have a chance on the break as Billing strides forward and he tries to play in Solanke, who'd found space on Ekpiteta's shoulder, but the pass by Billing, and Solanke's run, didn't quite match up.


Bowler shot saved

Blackpool's star winger has been kept quiet in the opening half an hour but gets on the ball at the edge of the box and takes aim.

It lacks any real power but is placed well enough, ensuring Travers has to get down to meet it.

Ultimately comfortable for the Ireland international though.



Solanke tries to give the goalkeeper the eyes and place the ball to the right, but Grimshaw goes the right way and makes the save. 



The Cherries have a penalty!

A corner is headed away but Stacey picks it up and whips the ball across the box.

Anthony is then dragged to the floor and the referee has no hesitation but to point to the spot.

Solanke to take....


Good defending from the Cherries

It's absolutely pouring down now!

The Cherries have looked comfortable in possession but a rare miscommunication between Phillips and Cook allows Blackpool a chance to counter.

They win a corner and have a couple attempts to launch the ball into the box, but the Cherries defend resolutely.

Siriki then combines well with Cantwell to drive us up the pitch and win a free-kick.


Looking sharp Siriki!


Phillips's range of passing impressing!

New recruit Nat Phillips has got his reputation as a hard man who always puts his body on the line - which he does with a thumping challenge on Hamilton on the left touchline.

However, he's showing off his range of passing so far - he's putting in neat forward passes to Cantwell in midfield, spraying the ball to Dembele on the diagonal and almost creates an opening as a perfect curling pass found Solanke's arched run, but the forward's touch is heavy.


Siriki involved in the opening stages

The winger has looked tidy in the opening exchanges so far.

Phillips receives the ball from Cantwell and fires an inch perfect diagonal to Siriki, who brings the ball down and wins a corner.

Cantwell's delivery is headed away at the near post.

At the other end, Josh Bowler fires at goal but Travers collects comfortably at his near post.


Hamilton fires behind

Blackpool are a team that want to attack and are leaving their front three in advanced positions.

Hamilton has caused a couple early problems and he runs on to a long ball over the top of the defence and tries to drive a cross into the area.

He gets it horribly wrong and it skews behind for a goal-kick.


Early corner for Blackpool

The Cherries started very patiently, keeping the ball pretty much exclusively in the opening 90 seconds.

However, Stacey's pass is intercepted by Hamilton and he has a chance to send a cross in, his low ball sent behind for a corner by the recovering Cherries full-back.

The Cherries deal with the corner and the subsequent long throw and counter attack quickly.

Dembele drives through the middle of the pitch, releasing Solanke on the left side of the area. He fires a powerful effort at goal and Grimshaw makes a great save to tip it over.

Moments later, in a frantic start, Kelly's defensive header falls kindly for Madine but he scuffs his volley.



The Cherries get this afternoon's SkyBet Championship game underway!


Here come the teams!

It's a raucous atmosphere at Bloomfield Road, the Blackpool fans behind the goal on our right are giving it a right go and the Cherries fans to our left are matching them.

The two teams head out to the pitch, we're in our green third kit.

Let's go!


Only a few minutes away from kick-off

Warm-ups are completed, both teams are receiving their final orders and we're moments away from action.

It's very, very cold here but it's a nice stadium and we've got the Cherries fans to the left of the press box and there's a great turnout!


Full debut for Siriki

In Ryan Christie's absence, there is a first start for January arrival Siriki Dembele.

He made his first appearance in the win over Birmingham during the week and looked sharp - showing good skill on the ball, a desire to drive forward and surprising strength for his size.

This is his second appearance at Bloomfield Road this season, appearing in a 3-1 defeat for Peterborough this season. He opened the scoring for the Boro that day.

We're looking forward to seeing how he does this afternoon.


Ready to go

Dominic Solanke checks out the pitch ahead of kick-off, hoping this will be the place he nets his 20th league goal of the season.

The Cherries striker has had a great season and scored his 20th goal in all competitions on Wednesday, arrowing a low effort into the far corner.

Can he hit the league milestone today?


Blackpool's team news


Lewis Cook back in the team

The Cherries will welcome Lewis Cook back to the starting line-up.

He's often featured as a number eight under Scott Parker, trying to progress the ball forward and drive forward into goalscoring areas.

However, with the inclusion of Todd Cantwell and Philip Billing, it feels safe to assume Cook will be playing in the holding midfield role he impressed so much in last season.

His task will be to break up play, move the ball quickly and try to find gaps for balls over the top. 



Scott Parker has made two changes to the starting line-up...

Lewis Cook comes in for the suspended Jefferson Lerma while Siriki Dembele makes his first start, in place of the injured Ryan Christie.

There are changes on the bench as Leif Davis, James Hill, Emiliano Marcondes and Jamal Lowe come in. 



Scott Parker has revealed he is expecting a tough encounter this afternoon.

Blackpool have had a decent return to the second tier, sitting in 14th position - and just five points from the play-offs - after 30 matches.

Parker told afcb.co.uk: “Blackpool are having a great season following promotion and we know they will be a difficult side to come up against.

“When we played them in August, they gave us one of the biggest tests we have faced this season, especially in the second half.

“They put us under immense pressure and deserved to get back in the game.

“I have spoken many times about fine margins and that game could have gone either way once they had equalised but a draw was a fair result.

“Neil Critchley has done a great job there and has assembled a very good squad. They have players who can hurt you if you aren’t on your game.

“Bloomfield Road is a tough place to go and their supporters are very passionate.

“We go into the game on the back of an excellent win against Birmingham. We were exceptional in the first half and showed tremendous character to score a third goal after they had come back into it.


Welcome to our live coverage

It's wet, it's windy but the Cherries are in action!

We've swapped one seaside for another as we make the visit to Bloomfield Road to take on Blackpool this afternoon.

Scott Parker will be hoping to build on Wednesday's excellent performance against Birmingham City and secure a third straight league win.

We'll be bringing you full updates from throughout the afternoon. 

Other games that day

  • Reading2
    Coventry City3
  • Nottingham Forest2
    Stoke City2
  • Peterborough United0
    Preston North End1
  • Birmingham City3
    Luton Town0
  • Millwall2
    Cardiff City1
  • Hull City0
  • Barnsley1
    Queens Park Rangers0
  • Middlesbrough4
    Derby County1
  • Huddersfield Town0
    Sheffield United0

As it stood

1 Fulham 30 +52 64
3 Blackburn Rovers 31 +12 53
4 Queens Park Rangers 30 +12 52
5 Huddersfield Town 32 +6 50
6 Middlesbrough 30 +9 49
7 Nottingham Forest 31 +10 47
8 Sheffield United 29 +6 46
9 West Bromwich Albion 30 +8 45
10 Luton Town 30 +5 45
11 Preston North End 32 0 45
12 Coventry City 29 +5 44
13 Stoke City 30 +6 43
14 Blackpool 31 -3 41
15 Millwall 30 -2 40
16 Bristol City 31 -14 37
17 Birmingham City 32 -12 36
18 Swansea City 29 -9 35
19 Hull City 31 -10 32
20 Cardiff City 30 -14 32
21 Reading 30 -24 22
22 Peterborough United 29 -37 20
23 Derby County 31 -3 18
24 Barnsley 30 -26 17

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