A smartly-taken second-half strike by Josh Bowler handed newly-promoted Blackpool a valuable 1-0 win towards Fulham.
Neil Critchley’s Seasiders secured their first Sky Guess Championship success of the marketing campaign, with Fulham sliding to their first defeat.
The Londoners – on the again of a run of 4 straight victories – piled on the stress within the closing 20 minutes however couldn’t discover the breakthrough towards a rock-solid Blackpool again line.
The primary recreation between these two in additional than six years noticed Fulham carve out the primary probability within the fourth minute.
Josh Onomah discovered the onrushing Ivan Cavaleiro however his effort from 18 yards was disappointingly skied.
There was a terrific noise inside Bloomfield Street, and the house followers have been on their toes when Keshi Anderson flashed a 25-yard thunderbolt inches previous the upright.
The excessive tempo continued and, 60 seconds later, Tyreece John-Jules charged by on aim, solely to be thwarted by the legs of Fulham keeper Paulo Gazzaniga.
The sport was ebbing and flowing, with the guests subsequent to threaten when Cavaleiro turned neatly on the sting of the field earlier than seeing a shot gathered comfortably by Chris Maxwell.
Because the half-hour mark handed, either side have been responsible of creating too many misplaced passes, nonetheless it was Fulham who have been subsequent to go shut.
Jean Michael Seri drilled in a low shot from distance which was solely narrowly off course.
With the interval in sight, Marco Silva’s males gave the impression to be turning the screw however the closest they got here to grabbing that elusive breakthrough got here in added time when Antonee Robinson’s deep cross nearly dropped in on the far put up.
There was an uptempo really feel to the beginning of the second interval and after Cavaleiro had gone shut at one finish, the Seasiders struck their first dwelling Championship aim of the season on the different within the forty ninth minute. It was Bowler who grabbed it.
After assembly Kevin Stewart’s go, he charged menacingly down the precise flank earlier than side-footing confidently previous Gazzaniga from an acute angle.
Onomah dragged a fizzing strike narrowly extensive, whereas Blackpool fluffed a good probability to go two clear when Stewart curled a free-kick excessive off course.
Fulham have been urgent arduous for a leveller within the closing phases as Domingos Quina was unfortunate with a chipped effort, then Maxwell was compelled into an outstanding save to maintain out Dennis Odoi’s glancing header from Robinson’s cross.
It was all turning into somewhat frantic however additional misses from subs Rodrigo Muniz and Harrison Reed meant Fulham went dwelling empty-handed.