Blackpool v Macclesfield: AS IT HAPPENED

Key points:

On Rocky Bushiri:

He's going to make the odd mistake because he's young and he's enthusiastic, but he's also got a lot of good qualities. He's a little bit rash at times, hence why he's had an eventful night.
Simon Grayson

Grayson post-match:

If we're going to go out of the competition make sure we go out with good spirit, good attitude and a decent performance. I think we got all those things.
Simon Grayson


To read Matt Scrafton's match report on tonight's Carabao Cup clash, click here.

A trip to Blundell Park awaits Macclesfield in the second round of the Carabao Cup.

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Scrafton's verdict:

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Winning penalty taken by Macc 'keeper Owen Evans

Macclesfield beat Blackpool 4-2 on penalties to progress to the second round of the Carabao Cup.

Owen Evans for Macc... Scores! (2-4)

Jordan Thompson up next... Saved! (2-3)

Eddie Clarke for the visitors... Scores! (2-3)

Nathan Delfouneso for the Seasiders... Scores! (2-2)

Emmanuel Osadebe for the Silkmen... Scores! (1-2)

Sullay Kaikai next for Pool... Saved! (1-1)

Theo Archibald next... Scores! (1-1)

Harry Pritchard next... SCORES! (1-0)

Fraser Horsfall first to take... OVER! (0-0)

FT: Blackpool 2 - 2 Macclesfield

This game will now go straight to penalties to determine who progresses to the second round.

90' - Chance!

The keeper parries Michael Nottingham's cross straight to Harry Pritchard who fires over the bar

90' - Close!

Harry Pritchard has his effort blocked at close range. Blackpool are really pressing for another goal.

90' - The atmosphere has stepped up a notch

The North West of the ground, who have been great all evening, have really stepped up the tempo after Gnanduillet's equaliser.

90' - 4 minutes of added time

The Seasiders have 4 minutes to avoid penalties.

90' - GOAL!!!

Blackpool level it up at 90 mins.


Armand Gnanduillet to take...

86' - Final substitution

Michael Nottingham replaces Ollie Turton as Blackpool's final substitution, despite both new signings Adi Yussuf and Jamie Devitt are on the bench.

85' - Chance!

Ryan Edwards' close range effort if caught by Evans.

76' - Second substitution

Jay Spearing is replaced by Harry Pritchard at the 76th minute mark. Spearing appears to have injured his shoulder after a clash moments ago - hopefully nothing too serious for the Pool captain.

74' - Blackpool without much to show for their efforts

The Seasiders have had 20 shots to Macclesfield's 4, yet only 2 have been on target.

71' - Pressure is mounting

Blackpool are giving this everything with their attacking play, unfortunately without much in terms of an end product.

70' - So close!

Blackpool almost make it 2-2 with a link up between Liam Feeney and Armand Gnanduillet whose headed effort is wide of the goal. Blackpool are piling on the pressure.

68' - End to end play

The game has certainly livened up with chances at both ends in quick succession. Blackpool close to leveling the scoreline with a shot from Kaikai that is deflected just wide.

66' - Instant reaction from Pool

Blackpool are awarded a corner after a shot is deflected.

65' - Goal Macclesfield

And what a goal that was! Substitute Virgil Gomis gives the visitors the lead after another Blackpool mistake.

64' - Chances

Blackpool are back to attacking the Macclesfield back line with a penetrating run by Liam Feeney whose cross narrowly misses the head of Armand Gnanduillet.

62' - Substitution

Nathan Delfouneso replaces Ryan Hardie for the last 30 minutes.

61' - Close!

Sullay Kaikai goes close to re-taking the lead after a free-kick from just outside of the box. His effort is just wide of the upright.

Action shots

51' - Off the line!

Off the line! Ryan Hardie so close to restoring Blackpool's lead.

49' - Attendance

Total attendance is 3,715 with 300 Macclesfield fans making the trip.

48' - Chance

Another chance by Kaikai who takes a shot from just outside the penalty area and sees his effort soar just wide.

47' - Chance

Sullay Kaikai sends a cross into the penalty area which is cleared for a corner.

45' - Second half

Macclesfield get the second half underway.

HT - Blackpool 1 - 1 Macclesfield

45' - One minute of additional time

Feeney and Turton celebrate Blackpool's opening goal

39' - OWN GOAL

Macclesfield are level after an own goal by Rocky Bushiri. Jacob Blyth crosses across the Pool goal and Bushiri attempts a flicked clearance that bounces passed Mafoumbi into the corner of the net.

35' - Chances for Pool

Sullay Kaikai beats his man with ease down the right and crosses to the back post, where Jordan Thompson volleys over. The Seasiders are full of confidence.

34' - Both wing backs have put a shift in this half!

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31' - GOAL!

Ollie Turton heads into the back of the net after a cross from Liam Feeney on the right wing, a brilliant team goal.

27' - Chance

Another chance for Ryan Hardie, this time his effort is blocked by Jay Harris and dips over the crossbar. Much more positive play from Blackpool.

26' - Chance

After an attacking spell of possession by the Seasiders, Ollie Turton's cross is headed way over the crossbar by Ryan Hardie.

Early game action shots:

22' - Yellow card

Rocky Bushiri is shown a yellow card after a late tackle.

19' - Atmosphere

The game isn't giving much to shout about but the Blackpool fans are certainly keeping the atmosphere alive in the North West corner.

14' - Chance

Great goalmouth cross by Ollie Turton who is playing down the left wing, unfortunately for Blackpool it was cleared by the Macclesfield back line.

9' - Kaikai attacking run

Early display of Kaikai's technical ability with a solo run towards the penalty area, only to be thwarted by Macclesfield's defence.

"Simon Grayson's Tangerine Army"

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6' - Blackpool corner

Feeney puts in a dangerous cross that finds the head of Gnanduillet, his effort is just high of the cross bar.

4' - Free-kick

Blackpool free-kick just outside of the penalty box taken by Sullay Kaikai, Owen Evans does well to clear Feeney's cross.

1' - Kick-off

Jay Spearing gets the first half underway.

Pre kick-off

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Devitt starts on the bench for the Seasiders

Delfouneso starts on the bench after Saturday's brace

First start for Rocky

Captain Jay Spearing leads the team in a warm-up

Bloomfield Road is ready for some action!

Team sheet

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Team news:

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Superb playing conditions for tonight's clash

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Second round draw to take place tonight

Should Blackpool get through to the second round, they will be entered into the draw for the next stage of the competition - which takes place after tonight's game.

For all the details on the Carabao Cup second round draw, click here.

Grayson wants money-spinning tie

Blackpool will be looking for a repeat of last season's heroics in this competition, which saw them make it to the last 16.

There they were handed a money-spinning tie away at the Emirates Stadium where the Seasiders went down to a narrow 2-1 defeat against Premier League giants Arsenal.

Grayson says he's looking for a similar result this season...

Famous face in the dugout

Simon Grayson will come up against a Premier League legend in the technical area tonight in Sol Campbell when his Blackpool side take on Macclesfield Town.

Here's what Grayson had to say about his counterpart.

Have your say...

Who will make it through to the second round?

Calculating results

Could Nuttall start a Pool game for the first time tonight?

Joe Nuttall is keen to make his first Blackpool start having made two appearances off the bench so far.

Here's what the striker had to say ahead of tonight's game.

Seasiders to name strong side

Simon Grayson says he will name a strong Blackpool side for tonight's Carabao Cup first round tie against Macclesfield Town to continue the Seasiders' momentum.

To read the manager's thoughts ahead of the game, click here.

Good evening

And welcome to tonight's live blog, where we will bring you team news and regular updates from Blackpool's Carabao Cup first round clash against Macclesfield Town.