Blackpool v Hartlepool United, 09 September 2000

Score2-1 to Hartlepool United
CompetitionLeague Division 3
VenueBloomfield Road
Attendance4,562
Blackpool had caused one of the First Round upsets in the midweek Worthington Cup ties when they eliminated First Division Stockport County, but their League form continues to be a cause for concern. The Tangerines slumped to their first home defeat of the season and their lowest League position for over a decade. Their recent goalkeeping problems reared its head again when the recalled Phil Barnes rushed out of his area to head clear. Tony Lormor intervened, the loose ball fell to Tommy Miller who coolly lobbed the stranded custodian from 30 yards. The visitors doubled their advantage from Paul Arnison's outswinging right wing corner. James Sharp flicked on and Kevin Henderson was allowed time and space to turn in front of goal. Blackpool had played the neater football but Hartlepool's mettle meant they stayed firm until Andy Morrison celebrated his return to Bloomfield Road on loan from Manchester City. He was first to Danny Coid's right wing flag kick, the ball was laid back by Brett Ormerod for the barrel-chested defender to thump a right foot thunderbolt into the bottom corner. The Seasiders threw everything at United in the last twenty minutes but boss Steve McMahon was left to question the commitment of some of his players.

Goals:

Andy Morrison 73 G

Goals:

Tommy Miller 26 G
Kevin Henderson 57 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Phil Barnes
Defender Tommy Jaszczun
Defender/Centre back Andy Morrison
Midfielder Danny Coid
Midfielder Steve Bushell
Midfielder Mike Milligan
Midfielder Richie Wellens
Midfielder Ian Hughes
Forward Mike Newell
Forward John Murphy
Forward Brett Ormerod

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Tony Williams
Defender James Sharp
Defender/Centre back Gary Strodder
Defender/Centre back Chris Westwood
Midfielder Sam Shilton
Midfielder Paul Arnison
Midfielder Paul Stephenson
Midfielder Tommy Miller
Midfielder Lee Fitzpatrick
Forward Kevin Henderson
Forward Tony Lormor

Substitutions:

Phil Clarkson for Mike Newell 59
Neil Murphy for Mike Milligan 59

Substitutions:

Tim Sperrevik for Tony Lormor 75
Darren Knowles for Lee Fitzpatrick 86
Craig Midgley for Kevin Henderson 88

Cards:

Steve Bushell 89 Y

Cards:

Paul Arnison 22 Y

On the bench:

Defender/Right back Neil Murphy
Midfielder Phil Clarkson

On the bench:

Defender/Full back Darren Knowles
Forward Craig Midgley
Forward Tim Sperrevik

Comments:

Blackpool had now gone five games without a win, losing the last three. League position: 20th

Comments:

Hartlepool only previous win in seven attempts at Bloomfield Road came on the last day of the 1982/83 season with goals from David Linighan (later of Blackpool) and Paul Dobson. Tony Williams was making his League debut for Hartlepool. League position: 11th