Central defender Marvin Ekpiteta found the back of the net as Blackpool secured all three points in a hard fought 2-0 victory over Northampton Town at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday evening.
Ekpiteta’s first half strike gave the Seasiders an early lead, but the visitors made Blackpool work hard for the victory, with Jerry Yates scoring a wonderful solo goal in the 90th minutes to claim the three points.
It didn’t take long for Blackpool to take the lead through Marvin Ekpiteta’s second goal in as many matches. Sullay Kaikai did well to not give up on a ball that was looking likely to go out for a goal kick by keeping it in on the far side. Kaikai’s cross caused plenty of trouble in the box, with the goalkeeper flapping at the ball, only to fall kindly to the Blackpool defender at the back post, who simply headed it in from close range with no Northampton player in sight.
Northampton were defending well and were doing everything to find an unlikely equaliser, but Blackpool ensured all three points were there in the 90th minute. A wonderful throw from Chris Maxwell released Jerry Yates, who weaved his way into the box, rounded two defenders and creeped the ball under Mitchell to make it 2-0 at the death and secure another win for Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.
Marvin Ekpiteta wrote after the game on Twitter: “Another goal, 3 points and clean sheet tonight🔥🔥.”
In 2013, Ekpiteta was called up for Nigeria U20, making two appearances. On 10 October 2018, Ekpiteta made his debut for England C in a 1–0 victory against Estonia U23.