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03 November 2018 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Bristol Rovers

Seasiders Back In Action At Bloomfield Road

2 November 2018

Blackpool's fixture of Remembrance takes place tomorrow, when Bristol Rovers travel to Bloomfield Road.

The two teams, with the captains carrying poppy wreaths, will be led out onto the pitch by military veterans, with a minute's silence and the Last Post to be played prior to kick-off. 

During the period of silence, the club will also remember the five people who tragically lost their lives in the helicopter crash outside Leicester City's stadium last Saturday. 

Form Guide: 

Blackpool head into the game having put in a strong display at Arsenal in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, though The Seasiders will be determined to get back to winning ways in the league. An 11-match unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One was brought to an end last time out. 

Bristol Rovers, without a goal in five matches away from home, lost out narrowly to Barnsley last weekend. Prior to that the visitors recorded a 2-0 victory at home to AFC Wimbledon and drew with Oxford United. 

Team News: 

Curtis Tilt returns from suspension for the game, however Paudie O'Connor now joins Armand Gnanduillet in serving a three-match ban. A late decision will be made on the availability of Donervon Daniels. 

Bristol Rovers have no fresh injury concerns for the fixture. Ed Upson and Kyle Bennett are both pushing for recalls to the side. 

The Ref: 

Trevor Kettle will referee his first Blackpool fixture since March, when The Seasiders secured a late victory against Charlton Athletic. 

The official, who has overseen 15 matches so far this season, will be assisted by Chris Isherwood and Joe Simpson. 

Fourth official will be Duncan Street. 


Tickets for the match, which kicks-off at 3pm, are priced at: 

- £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. 

To purchase tickets, please visit the ticket office or call 0303 334 0999. 

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One: 

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

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 3

Visitors Condemn Pool To Second Home League Defeat of Season

3 November 2018

Bristol Rovers inflicted Blackpool’s second league home defeat of the season with a 3-0 victory at Bloomfield Road.

A brace from Ollie Clarke and another from Tony Craig wrapped up a comprehensive result for the visitors, who scored all three goals in the second-half.

As for The Seasiders, they never really got to grips with the game and looked weary from their Carabao Cup performance on Wednesday night.

Manager Terry McPhillips had previously indicated that he would make changes those exertions at Arsenal, though one particular selection was enforced. Goalkeeper Christoffer Mafoumbi replaced the injured Mark Howard, while Curtis Tilt, Harry Pritchard and Mark Cullen returned to the line-up.

It was an action-less start to the game, with neither side able to create an opportunity of note. That was until the 24th minute when Bristol Rovers had two great chances to open the scoring. Liam Sercombe was denied by Mafoumbi after an attacking move down the middle, while captain Tom Lockyer somehow headed over the resulting corner from six-yards out.

At the other end, Mark Cullen came within a couple of inches from putting Blackpool in front, seeing a deflected strike hit the wrong side of the post.

The Seasiders were looking careless defensively, especially from set-plays. Another corner resulted in a visiting player being left unmarked. Luckily, James Clarke nodded narrowly wide.

Nathan Delfouneso managed to readjust his body and divert a Jordan Thompson strike at goal, only to see ‘keeper Jack Bonham deny him.

Thompson then fired a free-kick over the bar, before Jay Spearing’s low drive was saved comfortably by Bonham.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 0

A disappointing start to the second-half saw Bristol Rovers take the lead three minutes after the interval. Hesitancy at the back led to space opening up for Ollie Clarke to shoot. Christoffer Mafoumbi got a hand to his effort yet was unable to keep it out.

Blackpool, nowhere near their fluent best, had to dig deep to battle back and came close to levelling when Nathan Delfouneso’s near post header just evaded the net.

A mix-up between Mafoumbi and Bola almost led to the visitors increasing their advantage, however Ben Heneghan scrambled back to head the ball over the bar.

The Seasiders opted to make a double substitution just past the hour mark, introducing Ryan McLaughlin and Michael Nottingham off the bench. Mark Cullen and Liam Feeney were the players to be replaced.

Being urged on, Blackpool saw a header from Ben Heneghan cleared away from the line and a great defensive clearance deny Harry Pritchard an opportunity at the back post.

Not long after, Bristol Rovers went two goals to the good. Tony Craig volleyed in spectacularly at the back post.

Liam Sercombe almost added further gloss to the score-line for the visitors when he sent a drive just wide of the post, while Nathan Delfouneso tried to respond for Blackpool with a header that went over the bar.

A third goal did end up coming for Bristol Rovers though, and it came courtesy of Ollie Clarke with his second of the game. The midfielder was given space to run and toe-poke the ball past Mafoumbi.  

Harry Pritchard had a late chance to score a consolation for Pool, though his strike was kept out by Bonham.

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 3

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