Preston North End lost away at rivals Blackpool once again this afternoon, falling to a 4-2 defeat at Bloomfield Road.
After a drab 2-0 defeat to the Tangerines on this very weekend last year, PNE headed back to the seaside in an attempt to right their wrongs.
Sadly it was more of the same as Jerry Yates swooped in to head Blackpool in front.
Ben Whiteman levelled it up from the spot as Emil Riis drew a foul from Marvin Ekpiteta, but that’s as good as it got.
Charlie Patino’s long-range strike put Blackpool back in front before Yates added number three with a fine header.
Callum Connolly’s own gave North End late hope but as Freddie Woodman came up for a late corner, CJ Hamilton fired into an empty net to seal a thumping 4-2 win for Blackpool.
Freddie Woodman 6 – had little chance with Blackpool’s goals and was caught upfield chasing an equaliser in injury time.
Jordan Storey 7 – battled well but had his hands full against an energetic and speedy CJ Hamilton.
Liam Lindsay 7 – brought back into the side after injury and had to solider on after an early blow to the head. Racked up the aerials and clearances as ever.
Greg Cunningham 7 – challenged in behind early on but helped North End build going forward. His injury in the second half resulted in a collapse.
Brad Potts 6 – hard working as ever up the right flank but couldn’t make a real impact in the final third on his return to Bloomfield Road.
Ryan Ledson 6 – made a real impact in the first half but couldn’t follow that up after the break. Got caught out for Patino’s screamer and couldn’t get back.
Ben Whiteman 7 – stuck away the penalty for the equaliser brilliantly but, much like Ledson, faded when Blackpool took control. Did look like one of few players with some composure on the ball and battled away all game, fittingly for the captain. May feel that he gave Patino a little too much space to set up the second Yates goal.
Alvaro Fernandez 5 – just not the Spaniard’s game. Looked shaky defensively and picked up a yellow card whilst his attacking output just wasn’t at his usual level.
Ali McCann 5 – can’t fault his effort off the ball but made very little impact in the final third. Playing McCann in an advanced role still brings mixed results.
Ben Woodburn 7 – took up some great positions around Emil Riis and his link play was impressive, especially during one attack with Alvaro Fernandez. A promising display.
Emil Riis 7 – rinsed Marvin Ekpiteta to win North End’s penalty and looked a threat throughout the first half. On a couple of occasions though, Riis had chances to pass and instead went alone, leading to blocked shots when others may have been better positioned.
Bambo Diaby 4 – Diaby is being hammered on social media and in some ways, we feel for him. Diaby has barely had a kick this season due to injury and looked like a player severely lacking in match action. Sloppy and shaky at the back, Blackpool managed three goals after his introduction. A tough cameo.
Seani Maguire 5 – has looked bright in recent games but couldn’t get involved here, touching the ball just six times in 15 minutes.
Robbie Brady 6 – great ball in for the own goal and was North End’s best source of creativity late on. Will feel aggrieved to have not started.
Ched Evans 5 – brought on to try and change the game and had a hand in Connolly’s own goal but couldn’t do anything more, touching the ball just twice.
Alan Browne n/a – little impact after coming on alongside Evans on 82 minutes.