Another big win for Cunningham’s improving Blues

The Admirals celebrate
The Admirals celebrate
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Daniel Mort struck twice to earn a second win in three games for Nelson against play-off hopefuls AFC Blackpool on Saturday.

Battling to avoid a second successive relegation, the Victoria Park club are much-improved since Steve Cunningham took charge.

Blackpool took the lead from their first foray into the Nelson half as Billy McKenna’s cross-shot flew over the head of Marcel Wuziewicz into the net.

The home side got on top in midfield, but the AFC defence held firm until half-time, while in attack they relied on long balls to striker Ben Duffield.

Nelson came out on fire for the second half and turned the game on its head with two goals in two minutes.

Mort scored in the 48th and 50th minutes, and Blackpool’s problems continued to mount as keeper Max Povey was twice shown yellow cards.

Having been booked for dissent, the keeper was dismissed after bringing down an attacker outside the box.

AFC brought on substitute keeper Adam Speight for defender Carnan Dawson.

The 10 men took the game to their hosts but couldn’t force an equaliser.

The defeat halted Blackpool’s three-match winning run, though they held on to their place in the play-off zone.

But for Nelson, they have now lost only one of their last four games, as they begin to show signs of life at the bottom of the table, ahead of tomorrow’s clash at home to next-bottom Daisy Hill.