English Premiership

Blackpool, Fulham deadlocked

2010-08-28 18:37
Fulham logo (File)

Blackpool - Fulham midfielder Dickson Etuhu hit a late equaliser to rescue a 2-2 draw against Blackpool and deny the Seasiders a win in their first home game in the top-flight for 39 years.

Mark Hughes' side took the lead as Bobby Zamora underlined his international credentials in front of England coach Fabio Capello.

Blackpool, promoted via the Championship play-offs last season, roared back to the delight of a full house at their tiny 15 000 capacity Bloomfield Road thanks to a John Pantsil own goal and Luke Varney's debut strike.

But the hosts, whose first scheduled home fixture against Wigan two weeks ago had been switched due to work on the ground, were denied in the closing moments when Etuhu slotted home.

Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, reportedly a candidate for the England squad for next month's Euro 2012 qualifiers, made a good stop early on to deny Varney.

Blackpool had the ball in the net after 18 minutes but Brett Ormerod's header following a cross from Charlie Adam was ruled out for offside.

Varney was looking lively and skipped past Pantsil two minutes later, only to find the wrong side of the post with his effort.

Fulham made the breakthrough in the 35th minute with a simple move that split the Blackpool defence.

Damien Duff slipped the ball through to Moussa Dembele, who delivered it into the centre and Zamora sent a powerful header beyond goalkeeper Matt Gilks.

Ian Holloway's side responded well after half-time and Stockdale spilled the ball following a challenge by Varney.

It fell to Elliot Grandin and he found the net but again Blackpool were out of luck.

Referee Mike Oliver ruled that Stockdale had been fouled and disallowed Grandin's effort leaving Holloway incensed on the touchline.

Blackpool drew level in the 70th minute when Varney's shot came off Aaron Hughes and back to Pantsil, who diverted the ball past his own goalkeeper.

With Zamora going off after taking a knock Fulham appeared to have lost their way a little.

And Blackpool took the lead in the 76th minute through Varney, signed on loan from Derby earlier this week, who fired across Stockdale after a defence-splitting pass by Ormerod.

That goal drew a superb response from Fulham and they drew level in the 87th minute when Etuhu lobbed Gilks after being released by Dembele.

Read more on:    epl
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @04:00
  • SS4
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @05:00
  • SS5
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @05:59
  • SS7
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
16 August 2014
Manchester United v Swansea City, Old Trafford 13:45
West Ham United v Tottenham Hotspur, Boleyn Ground 16:00
Stoke City v Aston Villa, Britannia Stadium 16:00
Leicester City v Everton, King Power Stadium 16:00
Queens Park Rangers v Hull City, Loftus Road Stadium 16:00
West Bromwich Albion v Sunderland, The Hawthorns 16:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 18:30
17 August 2014
Liverpool v Southampton, Anfield 14:30
Newcastle United v Manchester City, St. James' Park 17:00
18 August 2014
Burnley v Chelsea, Turf Moor 21:00
Vote

How will Manchester United fare in next season's English Premiership under Louis van Gaal?

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.