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21 August 2018 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Match Preview: Coventry City

Seasiders Host Sky Blues

21 August 2018

Blackpool welcome two newly-promoted sides to Bloomfield Road this week, starting with Coventry City this evening.

The Sky Blues arrive in town having secured their first three points of the season on Saturday, while The Seasiders picked up their second consecutive point on the road. 

Team News: 

Interim manager Terry McPhillips could rotate his squad for the match, with strikers Mark Cullen and Joe Dodoo pushing for starts. The game still comes too soon for Ryan McLaughlin and Jimmy Ryan, though.

Coventry's Tom Bayliss is expected to shake off a thigh problem in time to face Blackpool, though Jodi Jones misses out after making an injury return for the under-23s yesterday. 

The Ref: 

Robert Lewis will referee his fourth fixture of the season this evening, having taken charge of two Sky Bet League Two matches and a game in the Carabao Cup so far. 

You have to go back to December 2015 for the last Blackpool fixture he officiated, which came against Peterborough United in a game Pool won 2-0. 

Ticket News: 

Tickets for the 7.45pm kick-off are priced as follows*:

- £22 for Adults
- £18 for Seniors
- £10 for Under-18s
- Free for Under-11s**

*Prices exclude block M seating. 

**Under-11s must become a member of Young Seasiders for £15. This entitles free admission to home EFL matches with a paying adult or senior.  

Season ticket holders and members are entitled to £5 off the price of a match ticket for adults and seniors, and £2 off the price of an under-18 ticket. 

Away supporters without tickets can purchase them from the away ticket booth in the North East corner from 6.30pm. 

Watch On iFollow: 

Can't make the game this evening? Then why not subscribe to iFollow by purchasing a match pass to watch a live stream. This season midweek fixtures in the UK, as well as abroad, are available to watch online for £10. For further information, please click here. 

Tonight's Other Sky Bet League One Fixtures: 

AFC Wimbledon vs Walsall
Bradford City vs Burton Albion
Bristol Rovers vs Portsmouth
Charlton Athletic vs Peterborough United
Doncaster Rovers vs Shrewsbury Town
Luton Town vs Southend United
Oxford United vs Accrington Stanley
Plymouth Argyle vs Wycombe Wanderers
Rochdale vs Barnsley 

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 2 Coventry City 0

Cullen and Dodoo Secure First Three Points

21 August 2018

Goals from Mark Cullen and Joe Dodoo helped Blackpool secure their first three points of the season with a 2-0 victory over Coventry City.

Cullen broke the deadlock just after half-time, scoring his second of the season by latching on to a cross from Ollie Turton, before Dodoo wrapped things up late on with his first for the club.

Interim boss Terry McPhillips made seven changes for the fixture, with Cullen and Dodoo starting in a front three after being unused substitutes against Coventry City.

The visitors, fresh from their first league win against Plymouth on Saturday, had to rearrange their side in the opening exchanges, with Maxime Biamou picking up an injury. Amadou Bakayoko was the man to replace him.

The first 30 minutes was one of few chances. Blackpool’s best move came just before the half-hour mark, when Mark Cullen chested the ball down and into the path of Ollie Turton to shoot. Unfortunately, the right-back, operating in midfield, fired over the bar.

Jay Spearing was the next player to register an attempt and almost scored his first goal for the club. The Seasiders’ skipper unleashed a low, driving effort from 25-yards, only to see Coventry goalkeeper Liam O’Brien turn it behind the post.

The Sky Blues were awarded a free-kick in first-half stoppage time, however Luke Thomas lifted the ball over the wall and just over Mark Howard’s crossbar.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Coventry City 0

The deadlock was finally broken three minutes after the interval and it was Mark Cullen who found the net with his second goal of the season. The forward nipped in ahead of the goalkeeper to head in a cross from Ollie Turton.

Harry Pritchard then went close soon after, forcing O’Brien to tip his free-kick over the bar. From the resulting corner, Donervon Daniels headed over.

Daniels head an even better opportunity to double Blackpool’s advantage in the 70th minute, but once again he nodded over the bar.

Abu Agogo looked to reply for Coventry, who started to commit more bodies forward, however the former Shrewsbury saw his strike deflect wide.

Just a minute later, Blackpool went two-up. A searching ball over the top was chased down by Joe Dodoo, who managed to knock the ball past the ‘keeper and then find the net.

The goal wrapped up the contest, with Pool seeing the result out ahead of another home game against Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Coventry City 0  

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