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Blackpool edge past Reading through Connolly goal

Published on: 30 July 2022

There was not much between the sides at Bloomfield Road

Callum Connolly's early goal was enough to propel Blackpool to a win on the first day of the new Championship season.

The defensive midfielder scored in the ninth minute and Reading were unable to respond as the match stagnated, with neither side creating many chances in the first 45 minutes.

The Royals started positively in the second half, forcing the home side to work a little harder at the back.

But Blackpool were able to hold on to their lead comfortably and create one or two chances of their own to keep their opponents honest until the final whistle.

Reading have now lost their opening league match of the season in five of the past six seasons.

More to follow.

    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 4-3-3

32Grimshaw2Connolly21Ekpiteta15R Williams23Thompson16Carey8Fiorini17Virtue11Bowler14Madine9Yates

    32Grimshaw2Connolly21Ekpiteta15R Williams23ThompsonSubstituted forThornileyat 83'minutes16CareySubstituted forCorbeanuat 83'minutes8Fiorini17VirtueSubstituted forDougallat 65'minutesBooked at 80mins11Bowler14MadineSubstituted forLaveryat 71'minutes9YatesSubstituted forHamiltonat 83'minutes




Formation 5-4-1


    1Lumley23Hoilett17Yiadom3Holmes5McIntyre18Guinness-Walker10Ince19Fornah8Hendrick14EjariaSubstituted forLongat 83'minutes11Meite



Referee:David WebbAttendance:10,831Match StatsHome TeamBlackpoolAway TeamReadingPossessionHome48%Away52%ShotsHome10Away12Shots on TargetHome5Away3CornersHome3Away10FoulsHome12Away7Live TextPost update

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 0.

90'+6'Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Reading 0.

90'+5'Post update

Foul by CJ Hamilton (Blackpool).

90'+5'Post update

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

90'Post update

Attempt missed. Nesta Guinness-Walker (Reading) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Holmes following a set piece situation.

90'Post update

Foul by Rhys Williams (Blackpool).

90'Post update

Yakou Meite (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86'Post update

Attempt blocked. Thomas Holmes (Reading) header from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Nesta Guinness-Walker.

84'Post update

Foul by CJ Hamilton (Blackpool).

84'Post update

Junior Hoilett (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.


Substitution, Reading. Shane Long replaces Ovie Ejaria.


Substitution, Blackpool. CJ Hamilton replaces Jerry Yates.


Substitution, Blackpool. Theo Corbeanu replaces Sonny Carey.


Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Thorniley replaces Dominic Thompson.


Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

80'Post update

Foul by Kenneth Dougall (Blackpool).

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Tom Ince (Reading) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79'Post update

Attempt saved. Ovie Ejaria (Reading) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Junior Hoilett with a cross.

75'Post update

Foul by Lewis Fiorini (Blackpool).

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Tyrese Fornah (Reading) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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