Blackpool only have themselves to blame after conceding three goals in the closing fifteen minutes to lose 4-3 away at Wigan.
In a scrappy affair both sides struggled to find a decisive final pass in the first half, but a series of penalty corner exchanges saw the match edge in the visitors favour. Simon Thomas converted both of Blackpool’s goals as he was first to react to a second ball at two penalty corners. Other chances came and went with Rob Dingle’s deflection denied by the crossbar and a series of excellent saves from the Wigan goalkeeper.
Blackpool began the second half much more comfortably as they finally appeared to find their stride. However, the dominance wasn’t converted into goals until Dave Morgan finished from a narrow angle from Dingle’s through ball. At 3-1 Blackpool should have put the game to bed, but their chances for promotion went up in smoke in a dire final quarter of an hour where possession was repeatedly conceded and the defense was unable to deal with Wigan’s corner routines. The final goal for the home side went in with less than two minutes to play, and it was no less than what Wigan deserved.