Blackpool v Reading: Live updates from the first game of the Championship season

Michael Appleton’s Blackpool side finally get their season underway today with a home clash against Reading.

Paul Ince and son Tom are back in town as the Seasiders look to kick off the 2022/23 campaign with a victory.

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The Seasiders kick-off the 2022/23 season with a home clash against Reading

Blackpool v Reading LIVE

Last updated: Saturday, 30 July, 2022, 18:41

  • FT: Blackpool 1-0 Reading
  • Seasiders host Paul Ince’s Royals in first game of the season
  • Michael Appleton hoping to get second spell off to a positive start
  • Richard Keogh an injury doubt

Injury update on Keshi Anderson

Fans in the North Stand want a fist bump, but he simply applauds and walks down the touchline.

It's a new era, folks.

That was a nervy watch in the second-half, but Michael Appleton’s side get over the line to start the new season with a win.

Just what the doctor ordered!

Reading free-kick in a dangerous wide position. Joe Lumley comes up.

Josh Bowler pounces on a slip from a Reading defender and looks to pull the ball back to Theo Corbeanu, but he overhits his cross and Reading clear.

Blackpool taking full advantage of the new five-sub rule by making a triple change.

ON: Thorniley, Hamilton and Corbeanu

OFF: Thompson, Carey and Yates

Shayne Lavery is sent through down the left but takes too long to shoot, allowing a Reading defender to recover and clear.

Meanwhile Kenny Dougall goes into the book for a pull back.

Gary Madine is the man to make way for Shayne Lavery. Lavery takes the central position, rather than Jerry Yates.

70 - Another change on the way

Shayne Lavery also being readied. Blackpool need to get up the pitch and stop inviting pressure.

Michael Appleton senses the slight change in momentum and quickly acts, replacing Matty Virtue with Kenny Dougall.

Lewis Fiorini moves onto a more advanced midfield position.

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