Blackpool 1 Aston Villa 1

Elliot Grandin scored Pool's goal
Elliot Grandin scored Pool's goal
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POOL ended their five-game losing streak but might feel disappointed they didn’t get all three points against

Aston Villa.

The visitors played the last 20 minutes with 10 men after midfielder Jean Makoun was sent off for a reckless

two-footed challenge on DJ Campbell.

But try as Pool might they couldn’t find a way through, and Villa even had a chance on the break at the end to

steal it - Ashley Young dragging his shot wide.

Villa took the lead on 10 minutes with a blistering counter-attack, which began when the visitors holding

midfielder Jean Makoun slid in and won the ball off Charlie Adam. Darren Bent slipped a lovely pass into

Gabby Agbonlahor’s path and with the Seasiders defence AWOL, the striker coolly rounded Richard Kingson

and slid the ball into the net. Ian Evatt and David Carney, both on the line, couldn’t manage to clear.

Pool hit back four minutes later though, a goal that wasn’t as pretty as Villa’s but just as effective - Charlie

Adam’s inswinging corner headed in at the near post by Elliot Grandin. It’s the first header I remember from

the Frenchman all season - judging by that effort, he should do it more often.

It was a great moment for Grandin, his first goal in Blackpool colours and it ensured the Seasiders were

quickly back on level terms after the hammerblow of going behind. Grandin was later substituted with an injury,

Jason Puncheon coming on.

Luke Varney missed two good chances, particularly a close range header from Marlon Harewood’s right wing

cross.

But Villa were the better side in the first half and cam closest to adding to their tally.

Richard Kingson made a brilliant stop when Stewart Downing burst clear, and then the post came to the

rescue moments later when Downing’s curling effort from the edge of area his the woodwork.

Downing was giving Pool left back David Carney a torrid time. And when it wasn’t Downing going at Carney, it

was rapid right back Kyle Walker. Carney looked shattered by the end of the game and no wonder.

In the second half Marlon Harewood shot over and after the red card, Matt Phillips fired too high from

distance.

A draw was probably a fair result though - Villa the better side in the first half, the Seasiders in charge

thereafter.

The first draw of 2011, and frustrated as he might be to miss out on the chance of taking all the point, Holloway

will be no doubt relieved the run of defeats has come to an end.

BLACKPOOL: Kingson, Baptiste, Cathcart, Evatt, Carney, Vaughan, Adam, Grandin, Harewood, Campbell,

Varney. Subs: Kettings, Eardley, Southern, Reid, Puncheon, Beattie, Phillips

REF: Howard Webb (Rotherham)