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Player ratings: Our marks out of 10 after Blackpool's defeat to Portsmouth

Mark Cullen impressed off the bench - bagging his first goal since May 2017
Mark Cullen impressed off the bench - bagging his first goal since May 2017

Blackpool tasted defeat in their opening home game of the new season as they were downed by Ronan Curtis' double for Pompey.

MATCH REPORT: Blackpool 1-2 Portsmouth

Here's how Pool's players rated:

Mark Howard - 6

Let down by his defence for both goals, but will be disappointed not to have done better for Portsmouth’s second.

Ollie Turton - 6

Showed good attacking intent and whipped in a number of dangerous crosses that should have been taken advantage of.

Ben Heneghan - 5

Shrugged off the ball too easily by Rowan Curtis for Portsmouth’s second. Also involved in the defensive mix-up for the first.

Paudie O’Connor - 6

Missed the initial header that led to Portsmouth’s opener but otherwise delivered a strong and composed performance.

Marc Bola - 6

Deployed in an unfamiliar wing role which saw him have little effect on the game. Better off at left back.

Jay Spearing - 5

Lack of communication with Ben Heneghan led to Portsmouth’s first goal. Cut a frustrated figure.

Chris Taylor - 6

Tried his luck with a late free kick which was a yard or two off target. Had a quieter game compared to Wycombe last week.

Harry Pritchard - 6

Provided good set-piece delivery and tested the Pompey keeper with a piledriver from range. Otherwise fairly quiet.

Joe Bunney - 7

Delivered the cross for Joe Dodoo’s early chance and went close with a couple of well-hit efforts from range.

Nathan Delfouneso - 5

Failed to find a teammate with a number of right-wing crosses. Glanced a header wide from a corner.

Joe Dodoo - 6

Came inches away from giving Blackpool the perfect start when he crashed a low shot off the post after just 20 seconds.

SUBS

John O’Sullivan - 6

For Dodoo, 60

Looked a threat in and around the Pompey box but should have done better with a late effort.

Mark Cullen - 7

For Pritchard, 60

Bagged his first goal in tangerine since May 2017 with a poacher’s effort. Came close to an injury-time equaliser.

Armand Gnanduillet - 6

For Bola, 71

Aerial presence gave Blackpool a different threat. Linked up well with Mark Cullen.

Subs not used: Christoffer Mafoumbi, Michael Nottingham, Jordan Thompson, Finn Sinclair-Smith

Portsmouth: MacGillivray, Walkes, Brown, Clarke, Taylor, Hawkins, Lowe (Wheeler), Curtis, Whatmough, Evans, Close (Rose)

Subs not used: McGhee, Burgess, Pitman, Dennis, Haunstrup

Referee: Ross Joyce

Attendance: 4,154 (1,638 Portsmouth)

Next match: Barnsley (home, Tuesday, August 14, 7.45pm, Carabao Cup first round)