Gary Madine’s early goal proved to be enough as Blackpool edged a narrow 1-0 League One victory in the Fylde Coast derby at Fleetwood.
Madine’s fifth strike of the season in all competitions secured Neil Critchley’s side a fifth win in six league games, and an eighth in nine in all competitions.
Fleetwood were thwarted by the woodwork early on when Charlie Mulgrew’s free-kick from a tight angle was palmed onto the crossbar by Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.
The visitors struck in the 16th minute when an unmarked Madine headed home Sullay Kaikai’s precise free-kick from eight yards.
The hosts came close to a swift leveller when Tom Edwards crossed in for Ched Evans, only for the Welshman to drag his shot off target from 15 yards.
Early in the second half, Madine fired a half-volley over the top, while – at the other end – Fleetwood substitute Glenn Whelan saw an opportunist strike from just inside the Blackpool half drift narrowly wide.
Fifteen minutes from time, Fleetwood goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler produced a superb finger-tip save to keep out Kaikai’s curling shot.