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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Blackpool v Reading LIVE
Last updated: Saturday, 30 July, 2022, 18:41
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No fist bumps
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!
90+4 - Danger
Reading free-kick in a dangerous wide position. Joe Lumley comes up.
88 - Chance
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.
82 - Triple change
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
79 - Chance
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.
71 - Second change
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.
65 - First change
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.