The English championship kicked off amid much fanfare with Hull City and Blackpool hoping to provide the opening night fireworks for fans.
There were plenty of new faces on show for both sides with Blackpool naming summer signings Kevin Phillips and Barry Ferguson in their starting 11 with Hull boss Nigel Pearson’s naming new fewer than six debutants.
Despite fielding a much changed side Hull started the livelier of the two teams and nearly went ahead on 12 minutes, Tom Cairney curling a free kick over the wall and onto the post.
Hull were on top at this point with Irish under-21 star Robert Brady impressing on the ball.
The on loan Manchester United winger was keen to get on the ball and went close on 25 minutes with an effort from just over 20 yards after creating space for himself with some fancy foot work.
However as the half wore on Blackpool begin to come more into the game and could have opened the scoring when Phillip’s effort from the edge of the box hit the box and bounced out for a goal kick.
As it was the teams went in level at half time, a fair reflection of the opening 45 minutes of the new season.
Just two minutes after the restart Hull were forced to make a change with one veteran coming on for another as Nick Barmby replaced the injured Dele Adebola.
The second half followed a similar pattern to the first with Hull enjoying plenty of possession without really troubling Matt Gilks in the Blackpool goal.
Matty Fyratt looked set to give Hull the lead when with 20 minutes to go he broke free however he took a touch too many and Gilks came out to collect.
With the clock heading into the final ten minutes, it seemed that we were heading for a goal less draw however a moment of magic lifted the spirits of the watching audience, Hull fan’s aside, as Gary Taylor Fletcher played a lovely one two with Keith Southern before burying the ball into the roof of the net.
For lover of stats, Taylor Fletcher also scored the Blackpool’s first and final goals in the Premier league last season and he has carried that form in the new campaign.
There was still time for an equaliser although Pearson will have wished Jay Simpson, on a sub, had shown more composure when put through. The former Arsenal striker blasting an effort over when put through two minutes into injury time.
In the end Blackpool hung on for the three points and they begin the season with something that was absent from their repertoire last season, a clean sheet and an away win.
Ollie Holloway will come away from the KC Stadium a happy man with his side top of the table, for 24 hours at least.
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