Date: 18th January 2017 at 10:30am
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Blackpool were due to face Barnsley in Tuesday’s FA Cup without Tom Aldred after his sending off against Cambridge.

However, a successful appeal saw this dismissal rescinded and allowed Gary Bowyer to select the defender in our extra time win at Oakwell to set up a return to the boss’ former club Blackburn.

Bowyer was incensed by the decision to show Aldred a red card when the defender was adjudged to have brought down Conor Newton when through on goal. Thankfully Blackpool keeper Sam Slocombe saved the resulting penalty from Luke Berry in that 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium.

An appeal of wrongful dismissal against the decision of referee Darren Drysdale was successful with it confirmed ahead of the third round replay in this statement on the Official Website.

‘The Football Association, having reviewed relevant footage and evidence submitted by the club, has rescinded the red card shown to the defender, allowing him to face Barnsley in the Emirates FA Cup third round replay at Oakwell tomorrow night.’

With Aldred free to take his place in the Blackpool defence he did as Pools upset the Championship side when Bright Osayi-Samuel scored a dramatic added time winner – at the end of extra time – to secure a 2-1 win.

Kelvin Mellor had opened the scoring for Blackpool in the first half of normal time but an Angus MacDonald equaliser in the second half sent the game into extra time. The late drama secured Bowyer a Rovers return to Ewood Park.

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