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Blackpool 1 Fulham 2: Extra time goal sinks Seasiders

by Thomas Anthony Wilson. Published Wed 16 Jan 2013 14:56
Blackpool thought they had won it with Delfouneso's late strike
Blackpool thought they had won it with Delfouneso's late strike

Managerless Blackpool crashed out of the FA Cup in agonising fashion following a sensational display of football against Premier League side Fulham.

The Seasiders were within a minute of claiming a potentially money-spinning trip to Manchester United in the fourth round after Nathan Delfouneso had stabbed in what appeared to be the winner 10 minutes from time follwing a poor punch from keeper Mark Schwarzer.

But Cottagers substitute Kieran Richardson equalised with the last kick of the game in normal time just moments after coming off the bench, lashing in a superb 20-yard strike.

Defender Kirk Broadfoot spurned a gilt-edged chance for the hosts to win it in the first period of extra time, wastefully firing over after Schwarzer spilled a Tiago Gomes effort straight into his path just yards from goal.

And they were made to pay for the miss when Brede Hangeland popped up to head home Damien Duff's corner in the 116th minute of the encounter, with the aid of a deflection from Craig Cathcart.

"It was hard to get the lads going again," admitted caretaker Blackpool boss Steve Thompson following Richardson's leveller at the death.

"We played some great football on a tricky surface and on another day it would have been a different result."

"It was a tricky place to come," said Fulham boss Martin Jol.

"We showed a lot of character and we've got a good chance in the cup this year."


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