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Blackpool vs QPR at Bloomfield Road

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  • 1 Blackpool

    • 54'‘ Gary Madine (Pen)
  • 1 QPR

    • 26'‘ Chris Willock

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  • Sky Bet Championship logo

Key Moments

  • Madine makes it 1-1 from penalty spot
  • Willock stunner gives R's the lead
  • Early Blackpool goal ruled out
Hide Line-ups
4-4-2
3-4-2-1
  • 32 GK Grimshaw
  • 4 M Lawrence-Gabriel
  • 5 D James
  • 8 M Wintle
  • 21 D Ekpiteta
  • 3 D Husband
  • 11 M Bowler (0‘)
  • 12 M Dougall
  • 14 FWD Madine
  • 10 FWD Anderson
  • 7 M Dale (0‘)
  • 1 GK Seny Dieng
  • 37 M Adomah
  • 22 D Odubajo (0‘)
  • 6 D Barbet
  • 20 D Dunne
  • 4 D Dickie
  • 8 M Amos (0‘)
  • 17 M Dozzell
  • 9 FWD Dykes
  • 10 M Chair
  • 21 M Willock (0‘)

Substitutes

  • 23 D Grétarsson
  • 13 GK Moore
  • 15 D Mitchell (0‘)
  • 2 D Connolly
  • 9 FWD Yates
  • 16 M Carey (0‘)
  • 20 D Casey
  • 11 FWD Austin (0‘)
  • 13 GK Archer
  • 12 D Ball (0‘)
  • 14 M Thomas
  • 2 D Kakay (0‘)
  • 15 M Field
  • 34 M Duke-McKenna
Attendance:
11769
Referee:
Josh Smith

CHRIS Willock netted in sensational fashion as Rangers shared the spoils with Blackpool.

After Kenny Dougall’s sixth-minute effort for the hosts was ruled out in controversial circumstances, Willock’s fine 26th-minute strike gave Mark Warburton’s charges a half-time lead at Bloomfield Road.

But Blackpool would restore parity from the penalty spot in the 54th minute to earn a point.

Seny Dieng was penalised for a foul on Jordan Gabriel, allowing Gary Madine to bring Blackpool level from 12 yards.

Following our midweek win at Cardiff City, manager Warburton made two enforced changes to his starting XI for the trip north.

Skipper Stefan Johansen missed out through illness, while Andre Gray – Wednesday’s match-winner – was also absent owing to the knock he picked up during that victory.

So into the team came Willock, unavailable at Cardiff for personal reasons, and Luke Amos.

Looking for a point at least that would see them into the top six ahead of the third international break of the campaign, Rangers faced a Blackpool side who themselves had enjoyed a positive start to the season on their return to the Championship.

The hosts included former QPR academy product Josh Bowler in their starting line-up and were certainly quick out of the blocks.

Blackpool had the ball in the net with just six minutes played – but thankfully the linesman’s flag came to Rangers’ rescue when Dougall headed home from a corner-kick routine.

Video replays suggested that the R’s were fortunate to remain on terms.

The home side continued to apply pressure, but Rangers defended doggedly and began to break out as the first half progressed.

As ever, Willock and Chair led the charge for the Hoops and it was that very duo who combined to give QPR the lead in the 26th minute.

Chair drove Rangers forward and, when the Moroccan touched the ball to Willock down the left, the former Benfica man cut inside before shooting home in mightily-impressive fashion, via the right-hand post, from 20 yards.

Blackpool goalkeeper Dan Grimshaw could only watch as the ball crossed the goal-line – and the R’s now led.

Rangers were able to hold onto their advantage heading into half-time, though the hosts continued to ask questions of Warburton’s men.

On 31 minutes, Dieng produced his first notable save to deny Tangerines captain Marvin Ekpiteta at point-blank range, following a home corner.

Then, five minutes before the break, James Husband’s thumping header darted over the crossbar.

R’s boss Warburton opted to make changes at half-time – one tactical, one in terms of personnel.

Ossie Kakay replaced Moses Odubajo, on a yellow card, and Rangers – who had been operating with a back five – reverted to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

Albert Adomah was also now being deployed in a much more advanced position and went close for QPR in the 49th minute, with his 20-yard attempt deflecting marginally wide.

But Blackpool put themselves on terms from the penalty spot in the 54th minute.

Yoann Barbet’s miscued clearance led to Dieng bringing down Gabriel in the box – and Madine stepped up to hammer Neil Critchley’s side level.

It was a disappointing way for Rangers to concede their advantage. Madine went close to adding his and Blackpool’s second goal in the 62nd minute, latching onto a ball over the top before dragging wide.

However, Rangers had their best spell of the game after that, enjoying more possession as this game now hung firmly in the balance.

Heading into the closing stanza, Charlie Austin and Dom Ball were introduced in the 73rd minute – replacing Willock and Amos respectively.

Blackpool so nearly took the lead for the first time on 79 minutes, as sub Sonny Carey’s 18-yard drive clipped the edge of the right-hand post before going behind.

Then, five minutes later, Rangers also went close to adding a second goal.

The R’s broke at pace and when Chair fed Adomah, he strode into the area before blasting past the upright.

But there would be no further goalscoring action.

Dieng produced an important save a minute from time to prevent a Kakay own goal – while Dykes also threatened at the other end – as honours ended even.