Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Matty Phillips keeps Blackpool On Course For Play-offs

Matty Phillips ensured Blackpool remain on course for the play-offs despite Keith Southern's red card leaving the Seasiders with 10 men for most of their 1-1 draw with Barnsley.

Winger Phillips scored a hat-trick in a 3-1 defeat of the Tykes on Boxing Day and was his side's goal hero again, cancelling out David Perkins's opener as Blackpool secured a four-point cushion in the race for a top-six spot.

Southern was sent off in the 21st minute following a crunching collision with Steve Foster that could have also seen the Barnsley man dismissed.

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway said: 'My disgust and dismay about that decision will not change. Their bloke jumped into my player. If both had gone, I would have no problem.

'We felt aggrieved and did something about it. We deserved at least a point.'

In Southern's absence Blackpool surprisingly managed to dominate but looked to have too much to do once Barnsley took a fortuitous lead.

Jim O'Brien's shot took a huge deflection off the head of Perkins before flying past Matt Gilks.

Keith Hill's men should have closed out the game and eased relegation fears. 

Instead Blackpool scored a 71st-minute equaliser when Phillips's near-post run was picked out by left back Bob Harris and he nudged the ball past David Button.

Hill said: 'I want to put this season firmly in Room 101 and move on.'

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