Blackpool came from a goal down as they produced one of the high-scoring football scores of the weekend in the Championship. Lucas Joao opened the scoring in the 17th minute before Marvin Ekpiteta equalized for the home side. Gary Madine put them in front in the 61st minute before Shaun Lavery doubled their lead in the 86th minute. Josh Bowler secured the three points in the 90th minute.

Managers Reaction 

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “I’m not sure that 4-1 was the right scoreline if I’m honest, but we’ll take it. I thought the game was still in the balance at half-time. We managed to get our second goal just at the right time, and that set us up for the win. Time and again this season so far, the lads have proved that they are capable of responding to setbacks, and that was the case again here. I’ve got a great bunch of honest professionals here, and I love working with them. It was nice to give our supporters four goals to celebrate, too.”

Reading’s interim manager Paul Ince: “It’s disappointing. Because we spoke before the game about how we felt Blackpool would play, hitting it up to the big guy Madine. There were no surprises there really, but we still let it happen. We got the first goal and at that stage, we looked comfortable. We have been conceding soft goals, though, and silly mistakes have been made and were made again today. It was never a 4-1 game, but we are where we are. It’s tough because we’re missing a lot of players, and we’re playing players out of position.”

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