Harrogate Town 0 Blackpool FC 4: Advertiser player ratings

Harrogate Town exited the FA Cup on Saturday after conceding four second-half goals in their second-round clash with League One Blackpool.

By Rhys Howell
Sunday, 29th November 2020, 9:07 am
Updated Sunday, 29th November 2020, 9:10 am
Harrogate Town were soundly-beaten by Blackpool at the EnviroVent Stadium. Pictures: Matt Kirkham
Harrogate Town were soundly-beaten by Blackpool at the EnviroVent Stadium. Pictures: Matt Kirkham

Here's an assessment of how Simon Weaver's men performed at the EnviroVent Stadium.

James Belshaw 8 - ADVERTISER STAR MAN. Did his best to keep his side in the tie with four key saves, two of which fall firmly in the 'superb' category. CJ Hamilton could easily have had a hat-trick if it wasn't for the Harrogate stopper's efforts.

Warren Burrell 7 - Shifted over to right-back and was the pick of the Town back-four. Made two important first-half blocks inside his own box and also created a decent opportunity for Jack Muldoon at 1-0 when he stole the ball near halfway then drove deep into Blackpool territory.

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Right-back Warren Burrell was the pick of the hosts' back-four.

Jake Lawlor 6 - Recovered from getting an arm in the face from Gary Madine within 60 seconds of kick-off to produce a very composed first-half performance. Less solid in the second as the home defence was breached all too often.

Kevin Lokko 5 - Didn't look too comfortable with the ball at his feet and gifted possession back to the Tangerines with a couple of rushed clearances. There were a number of pieces of very good defending in both halves, though he ultimately blotted his copybook by slipping over, then bringing down Madine to earn himself a late red card.

Connor Hall 6 - Looked very uncomfortable playing out of position at left-back early on, but did grow into the role. Was troubled by the pace and direct style of Hamilton down the Blackpool right in the first half. Did okay on the whole given the circumstances.

George Thomson 6 - Set-pieces were mixed and he got one decent early shooting opportunity from Mark Beck's lay-off all wrong. As ever, was fairly tidy and efficient in possession down the right. Just needs a goal.

Josh Falkingham was at his snarling, tenacious best in the midfield engine room.

Josh Falkingham 7 - Excellent in the first half as he pressed the ball as if his life depended on it and snapped into challenges. His tenacity alongside Lloyd Kerry was one of the standout features of the opening 45. Kept working hard against the tide after half-time but had to be very careful after picking up a yellow card from jobsworth referee James Oldham following an innocuous collision.

Lloyd Kerry 6 - Like Falkingham, and for the same reasons, he really stood out in the first period. Not as noticeable during the second. Another home player to be booked by Mr Oldham for a nothing challenge in midfield.

Calvin Miller 6 - There were a few really bright bursts down the left wing in the early stages and another decent run and strike at goal shortly after half-time. Needs to offer more of this, however.

Jack Muldoon 6 - Had Harrogate's best chance of the game at 0-0 when he ran clean through on goal, but waited too long to pull the trigger. Directed another decent opening straight at Chris Maxwell. His general forward play was decent, just couldn't find a finishing touch on this occasion.

Big Mark Beck worked hard to provide a focal point for the Town attack.

Mark Beck 7 - Very good in the first half. Competed well in the air with the visiting centre-halves, while holding the ball up and linking the play effectively using both his chest and his feet. Not really in the game as much during the second 45, however it was important that he followed up his strong showing at Mansfield in midweek with another positive performance. Didn't disappoint in that respect.