Preston defender Tom Clarke stunned Championship side Blackpool with an 87th minute goal at Deepdale resulting in a 1-0 triumph for the League One side in the Capital One Cup against their Lancashire rivals.

Clarke, a summer signing from Huddersfield headed a deep free kick from Lee Holmes across goal as Blackpool goalkeeper Matt Gilks was well beaten.

Apart from the goal, the game was mainly even, with not many clear-cut chances for either side to take the lead in the match.

Blackpool defender Josh Robinson spurned a great chance to equalise at the death and spare the blushes of Blackpool, although the defender mishit his shot.

Both Preston strikers Lee Holmes and Iain Hume had previously come as a threat for Preston whereas Blackpool threatened with Tom Ince throughout the game, although their goalkeeper Matt Gilks was the busier of the two keepers having more to do throughout the 90 minutes.

Police were bought onto the pitch to control the invasion of supporters who had made their way onto the pitch, with a very unsavoury end to the rival’s first meeting since February 2011 where it finished 0-0.

One of the Preston stewards was taken to hospital after being trampled by a horse whilst helping to disperse the crowds. Blackpool manager Paul Ince was also furious about the pitch invasion after the match.

A statement read that the steward is set to undergo an x-ray after suffering damage on his shoulder.


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