Gary Madine effort enough as Blackpool edge Fleetwood



Posted Sunday, December 06, 2020 by PA

Gary Madine effort enough as Blackpool edge Fleetwood

Gary Madine’s early goal proved to be enough as Blackpool edged a narrow 1-0 League One victory in the Fylde Coast derby at Fleetwood.

Madine’s fifth strike of the season in all competitions secured Neil Critchley’s side a fifth win in six league games, and an eighth in nine in all competitions.

Fleetwood were thwarted by the woodwork early on when Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick from a tight angle was palmed onto the crossbar by Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.

The visitors struck in the 16th minute when an unmarked Madine headed home Sullay Kaikai’s precise free-kick from eight yards.

The hosts came close to a swift leveller when Tom Edwards crossed in for Ched Evans, only for the Welshman to drag his shot off target from 15 yards.

Early in the second half, Madine fired a half-volley over the top, while – at the other end – Fleetwood substitute Glenn Whelan saw an opportunist strike from just inside the Blackpool half drift narrowly wide.

Fifteen minutes from time, Fleetwood goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler produced a superb finger-tip save to keep out Kaikai’s curling shot.

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