Manager Terry McPhillips praised Blackpool’s “magnificent” support as the club’s fans celebrated the end of their near four-year boycott with a 96th-minute equaliser against Southend United.

Taylor Moore’s own goal in the last minute of added time earned a draw for the Seasiders, playing their first home match since the removal of controversial owner Owen Oyston from the club last month.

A near sell-out crowd of 15,871 inside Bloomfield Road witnessed Blackpool twice come from behind to keep themselves in the race for the League One play-off places.

“It was reminiscent of the Bradford City game, when we came back to win 3-2, only this time there were loads of fans in here,” McPhillips told BBC Radio Lancashire.

“I thought the crowd were magnificent – and I thought the players gave back to the crowd.

“The lads in our dressing never say die. It was an exciting end.”

Southend took the lead early on when Rob Kiernan, who was making his first appearance since August 2017 after a long-term injury, headed home Sam Mantom’s corner.

There were joyful scenes soon after, however, as Liam Feeney teed up Armand Gnanduillet to fire into the roof of the net to level.

Soon after the break, Southend were back on top after another Mantom corner was flicked home by Michael Turner – but the hosts were not to be denied.

Blackpool ensured a share of the points deep into added time as Moore deflected the ball into his own net, causing wild celebrations from the home support, with some running onto the pitch.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 20Turton
  • 6Heneghan
  • 16Tilt
  • 3Wilmer-AndertonSubstituted forDanielsat 60′minutes
  • 24Feeney
  • 8Spearing
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 14PritchardSubstituted forLongat 60′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forThompsonat 81′minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Daniels
  • 5Evans
  • 11Dodoo
  • 13Boney
  • 15Thompson
  • 19Taylor
  • 31Long

Southend

  • 13Bishop
  • 6Turner
  • 26Lennon
  • 15Kiernan
  • 2Bwomono
  • 8Dieng
  • 18MantomSubstituted forMooreat 84′minutes
  • 4HyamBooked at 65mins
  • 42Hart
  • 34KelmanSubstituted forDemetriouat 73′minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 10CoxBooked at 36minsSubstituted forBunnat 90′minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Kightly
  • 16Yearwood
  • 22Smith
  • 23Moore
  • 24Demetriou
  • 29Wabo
  • 30Bunn
Referee:
Chris Sarginson
Attendance:
15,871

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamSouthend
Possession
Home61%
Away39%
Shots
Home15
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home11
Away5
Fouls
Home5
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Southend United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Southend United 2.

Goal!

Own Goal by Taylor Moore, Southend United. Blackpool 2, Southend United 2.

Foul by Oliver Turton (Blackpool).

Harry Bunn (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Jay Spearing (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Harry Bunn replaces Simon Cox.

Attempt saved. Simon Cox (Southend United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Taylor Moore replaces Sam Mantom.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Nathan Bishop.

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Timothee Dieng (Southend United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jordan Thompson replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Luke Hyam.

Attempt blocked. Liam Feeney (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Booking

Chris Long (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Southend United. Jason Demetriou replaces Charlie Kelman.

Attempt saved. Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Southend United).

Attempt saved. Chris Long (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Luke Hyam (Southend United).

Booking

Jason Demetriou (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Luke Hyam (Southend United) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Sam Mantom (Southend United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Donervon Daniels replaces Nick Anderton.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Long replaces Harry Pritchard.

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Michael Turner (Southend United).

Foul by Liam Feeney (Blackpool).

Sam Mantom (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Elvis Bwomono (Southend United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

goal

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