Bournemouth throw away two goal lead to draw with Blackpool

A Jekell and Hyde performance from the Cherries saw the south coast side throw away a two goal lead at Vitality Stadium.

Dominic Solanke had put Bournemouth in a commanding position with two first half goals but a passive second half display allowed Blackpool back into the match. Goals from James Husband and a penalty from Jerry Yates meant the points were shared in Dorset. 

Jerry Yates stepped up and drilled the ball straight down the middle as Mark Travers dived to his right.

At 2-2 Blackpool were much the better team as Bournemouth looked a completely different side from the one that had controlled the first half. 

Bournemouth kept giving the ball away and were unable to create any real chances to win, with the game hanging in the balance.

With just under twenty minutes to go Gavin Kilkenny was replaced by Ben Pearson and the midfielder almost made an instant impact, finding Solanke with a wonderful pass from deep. The striker chested the ball down and drove into the box before Marvin Ekipitea blocked the forward’s shot.

Blackpool kept looking for a winner themselves in a game that could have gone either way. The Tangerines kept pushing forward and looking to expose a rather flustered Bournemouth side who had just switched off in the second half.

But deep into injury time Brooks almost claimed a winner for the home side, the winger met Marcondes’ corner with a powerful header but was brilliantly denied by Marshall who tipped the ball over the bar.

The whistle shortly blew and Bournemouth will be left wondering what happened after such a good display in the first half. 

A deserved point for Blackpool who were by far the better team in the second half and Neil Critchley will be pleased with how his team reacted after the break.

Scott Parker however will be left wondering what happened to his side as they threw away a two-goal lead. 


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