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Hull City 1-1 Blackpool: Match Report

16 January 2021

Hull City were held to a 1-1 draw by Blackpool at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers had taken the lead early in the second half through Mallik Wilks but, after Reece Burke had been sent off for the home side, Blackpool found a late equaliser.

New signing Gavin Whyte made his debut as Grant McCann made three changes to the side that started against Sunderland last weekend. Callum Elder and Josh Magennis also came into the line-up, with Alfie Jones dropping to the bench, and Brandon Fleming and Tom Eaves missing out.

Whyte started on the right of the front three and he saw an early effort saved by Chris Maxwell in the Blackpool goal, whilst also almost setting up a chance for Magennis with a low cross to the near post.

Set-piece deliveries from Elder and George Honeyman were causing problems for the Blackpool defence and led to half-chances that were eventually snuffed out as the ball pinged around the box, while the visitors went close for the first time 20 minutes in as Sullay Kaikai sent a low shot inches wide.

Wilks dragged an effort across the face of goal at the end of a quick counter-attack, before a further chance came the home side's way in added time but Jacob Greaves couldn't keep his header down when getting on the end of Elder's free kick.

Richie Smallwood was in the right place at the right time to clear from almost on his own line when Blackpool threatened early in the second half, but it was the Tigers that took the lead in the 51st minute. Whyte was set free down the right and when Magennis managed to direct the new boy's low cross into the path of Wilks he drilled a low shot into the far corner of the net.

The home side was well on top in the game and Greaves just missed out on connecting with Honeyman's free kick to the far post.

Reece Burke picked up a booking for a foul on Kenny Dougall before a first change saw Keane Lewis-Potter replace Magennis.

Lewis-Potter's free kick shaved the crossbar just moments after coming on, but the Tigers would soon be down to ten men when Burke was shown a straight red card for a professional foul on Ben Woodburn who was through on goal. A second substitution followed as a result, as Jones came on for Whyte.

Blackpool were soon level as Jerry Yates turned the ball in from close range, and 1-1 was how it finished.

Hull City: George Long; Josh Emmanuel, Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves, Callum Elder; Richie Smallwood ©, Greg Docherty, George Honeyman; Gavin Whyte (Alfie Jones 79), Mallik Wilks, Josh Magennis (Keane Lewis-Potter 72).

Subs Not Used: Matt Ingram, Lewie Coyle, Regan Slater, Billy Chadwick, Ahmed Salam.

Blackpool: Chris Maxwell, Ollie Turton (Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel 81), Marvin Ekpiteta, Daniel Ballard, James Husband (Luke Garbutt 81), Kenny Dougall (Ethan Robson 81), Grant Ward, Beryly Lubala (Ben Woodburn 63), Sullay Kaikai (Matthew Virtue 58), Gary Madine, Jerry Yates.

Subs Not Used: Jack Sims, Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel, Ethan Robson, Cameron Antwi, Luke Garbutt.

Referee: Mr S. Barrott.

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