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Blackpool 3-2 Derby

Blackpool edged a thrilling encounter with Derby to extend their unbeaten run in the Championship to six games.

Alan Gow beat a stranded Stephen Bywater to put Blackpool ahead before Gary Taylor-Fletcher added a second, volleying in Keith Southern's cross.

Derby grabbed a lifeline when Kris Commons scored a brilliant free-kick but Blackpool were soon on the attack.

Blackpool's Ben Burgess bundled in Southern's pass before Mile Sterjovski hit home a consolation goal for Derby.


Blackpool manager Simon Grayson:

"I thought we had an excellent first half, we played our best football for a long time.

"They were all good goals and it was good that they came from the sort of football we've been striving for.

"I asked my players to go out and express themselves and that would give them opportunities to score."

Derby County manager Paul Jewell:

"This is a difficult place to come as some people might not fancy it because of the conditions; the wind and the two-sided ground.

"But we should have been good enough to have got away with something out of this game.

"The people I feel sorry for are our supporters, who had to sit in an uncovered stand and pay for the privilege.

"We lost the game against a side who are hard to beat and the injury list is mounting up but at this time of the season you get no respite and you just have to keep going."


Blackpool: Rachubka, Barker, Edwards, Evatt, Coid, Taylor-Fletcher (Hammill 89), Jorgensen, Southern, Vaughan (Martin 81), Gow, Burgess.
Subs Not Used: Fox, Rehman, Mitchley.

Goals: Gow 35, Taylor-Fletcher 43, Burgess 65.

Derby: Bywater, Connolly, Leacock, Davis (Villa 86), Stewart, Barazite (Sterjovski 67), Addison, Green, Commons, Ellington, Hulse.
Subs Not Used: Carroll, Kazmierczak, Nyatanga.

Booked: Hulse, Sterjovski.

Goals: Commons 58, Sterjovski 77.

Att: 7,267

Ref: Andy Hall (W Midlands).



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