Crystal Palace 2-0 Blackpool

24 Aug

Scott Dann


Scott Dann’s opener was Crystal Palace’s first goal this season

Crystal Palace’s £27m record signing Christian Benteke made his debut as the Eagles beat Blackpool in the EFL Cup second round.

Centre-back Scott Dann drilled in the opener after Andros Townsend’s cross fell to him in the box.

Connor Wickham, who replaced Benteke at half-time, got the second two minutes into the second half.

League Two side Blackpool’s best effort was Jim McAlister’s strike, cleared off the line by James McArthur.

Belgium international Benteke was busy throughout his first 45 minutes since joining from Liverpool on Saturday.

He had a header saved in the second minute and drilled a rebound into the side netting after a McArthur shot.

Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, a summer signing from Marseille, and centre-back James Tomkins also made their first starts for Palace as they claimed a first win of the season after losing their opening two league games 1-0.

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Match ends, Crystal Palace 2, Blackpool 0.

Second Half ends, Crystal Palace 2, Blackpool 0.

Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) hits the bar with a right footed shot from outside the box.

Attempt blocked. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner.

Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Attempt saved. Bright Samuel (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Wilfried Zaha replaces Yohan Cabaye.

Foul by Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace).

John Herron (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

Attempt saved. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by John Herron (Blackpool).

Substitution, Blackpool. Bright Samuel replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Tom Aldred (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Substitution, Blackpool. Mark Yeates replaces Brad Potts.

Substitution, Crystal Palace. Lee Chung-yong replaces James McArthur.

Substitution, Blackpool. John Herron replaces Jim McAlister.

Attempt missed. Will Aimson (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Andros Townsend (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Yohan Cabaye.

Foul by Jason Puncheon (Crystal Palace).

Colin Daniel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by James McArthur (Crystal Palace).

Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Corner, Crystal Palace. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Foul by Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).

Eddie Nolan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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