Despite having their backs against the wall for large parts of the game, Neil Critchley’s side earned a point late in the match. Shayne Lavery’s 93rd-minute equalizer rescued a 1-1 draw in Blackpool’s first match back in the Championship.
Nigel Pearson’s side took the lead just before half-time through Chris Martin. The former Derby County striker broke the deadlock with his third goal for the club. However, the hosts created numerous chances throughout the first half.
This includes Andrea Weimann’s left-footed attempt that went over the bar, substitute Kasey Palmer’s shot saved, and Andy King’s header go off-target. In fact, Pearson will rely on some of his former Leicester City players this season with Danny Simpson and the aforementioned King two of the more experienced players at his disposal.
The Robins were dominant throughout the match but were pegged back in stoppage time as Critchley’s substitutes combined. Debutant Lavery got on the end of loanee Josh Bowler’s delivery to rescue a point late on. The Northern Irish striker’s goal was Blackpool’s only attempt on target throughout the match.
The Tangerines’ return after a six-year hiatus from the Championship didn’t disappoint. After the match, the Blackpool manager said the slow start was due to confidence but said “you can never question the fighting spirit of this team.”
On the flip side, Pearson was upbeat about his team’s performance. The former Watford manager spoke about the chances they created and failed to take. But he mentioned the return of the fans provided a “really good atmosphere” for his players.
The return of the fans will be a huge positive for Blackpool this season as they look to avoid a return to League One. Although the away support was strong despite having to travel about 200 miles.
Bristol City’s next match is an away trip to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday in the EFL Cup. This is before they continue their league campaign with an away trip to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Whilst for Blackpool, on Wednesday they host Middlesbrough on Wednesday in the EFL Cup. On Saturday, they will host Mick McCarthy’s Cardiff City in the league.