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Posted Mon 05 Apr 10 at 17:01 PM

DJ And Dobbie Strike For Pool

Goals from DJ Campbell and Stephen Dobbie ensured that the Seasiders kept up the pressure on Leicester City and Swansea with a 2-0 victory over Doncaster Rovers.

Pool wrapped up a perfect Easter schedule with a goal either side of half-time to keep them just outside of the play-offs by a point.

The Seasiders started the game strongly but the visitors saw an early penalty shout waved away by official Dave Webb, who opted to book Paul Heffernan for a dive.

Both sides were playing the game the right but the cutting edge was lacking in the first 25 minutes, but DJ CAMPBELL put paid to that though moments later when he reacted first to a deflected Stephen Crainey cross that cannoned back off the post (27).


The visitors looked to find a reply immediately but Matt Gilks easily gathered Paul Heffernan's header from a corner.

Some great attacking football from the Seasiders nearly resulted in Keith Southern getting on the score-sheet, the midfielder was just prevented from striking when in the box following good work from Seamus Coleman and DJ Campbell.

Some decent defending from Alex Baptiste at the other end prevented James Coppinger running in at goal after a neat flick from John Oster.

A combination of saves from Matt Gilks and the foot of Seamus Coleman stopped Hefferenan equalising on the stroke of half-time, meaning that the Seasiders went in ahead at the break.


Doncaster came out of the traps flying for the second-half and Blackpool needed a last-ditch goal line clearance from Stephen Crainey to prevent Heffernan from scoring an equaliser.

The Seasiders hit back through Keith Southern on the edge of the area but Neil Sullivan got across his goal quickly to save. Matt Gilks then produced his own acrobatics to keep out an effort from Gareth Roberts.

It was quickly becoming a tale of two goalkeepers as Sullivan tipped over a stinging effort from Hameur Bouazza after a great one-two with DJ Campbell. The former Wimbledon stopper was being kept far busier in the second-half.

The lively Seamus Coleman, being watched by his manager David Moyes, continues to impress at right-back and came close to scoring his second consecutive goal for the Tangerines following a mazy run on the hour.

Hameur Bouazza, who appeared to limp somewhat a little earlier, was replaced by Stephen Dobbie on 65 as the Seasiders continued to look for that all important second goal.

The on loan Swansea man didn't take long to find the net - less than two minutes in fact - as he picked the ball up on the left of the area and curled the ball sweetly into the top corner (67).


The Seasiders were now in full flow and could have added a third when DJ Campbell raced clear but James O'Connor just managed to take the ball from him when he turned inside to shoot.

The striker then had another chance, this time from a header, which was easily saved by Neil Sullivan.

Doncaster responded to the Seasiders' dominance by making a double substitution, Dean Shiels and Jordan Mutch were the players to come on.

Although Mutch had a late effort saved by Matt Gilks, neither sub had enough time on the field to dramatically change the score.


Attendance: 9,701 (1092 visitors)

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