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06 October 2018 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Rochdale

A Look Ahead To Saturday's Fixture

5 October 2018

Blackpool will look to sign off from Sky Bet League One action for two weeks with a positive result against Rochdale tomorrow.

The Seasiders, unbeaten in 12 matches, head into the match on the back of a 2-2 draw with high-flying Peterborough United last weekend, while Rochdale drew 0-0 with Bristol Rovers in midweek. 

Three points separate the two sides in the table, however Blackpool do also have a game in hand. 

Team News: 

The return of Donervon Daniels from suspension poses something of a defensive dilemma for The Seasiders, with Curtis Tilt and Ben Heneghan having struck up a solid partnership in recent matches. Chris Taylor and Harry Pritchard are back training, though Joe Bunney misses out on the chance to face his former club. Captain Jimmy Ryan has now had surgery and is expected to be out for three months. 

The visitors will be without on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Magnus Norman, who was sent off against Bristol Rovers in midweek. Josh Lillis will start between the sticks. 

The Manager's View: 

The Ref: 

Robert Jones will referee his first Blackpool fixture since the 3-3 draw at Doncaster Rovers last season. 

He has officiated matches so far this season, including eight at Championship level. 


Tickets for the match, which kicks-off at 3pm, 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. 

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

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

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

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 2

Late Andrew Leveller Denies Pool All Three Points

6 October 2018

Calvin Andrew’s 87th minute header denied Blackpool all three points, as The Seasiders drew 2-2 at home to Rochdale.

Headed goals from Jordan Thompson and Curtis Tilt had put The Seasiders 2-1 up prior to half-time, however they were unable to press home that advantage with a third goal in the second-half.   

Terry McPhillips opted to name an unchanged side for the game, which meant that Ben Heneghan continued alongside Curtis Tilt at centre-back and Armand Gnanduillet retained his place up top.

After a scrappy couple of minutes, it was Blackpool who made the breakthrough courtesy of Jordan Thompson’s first goal for the club. The Northern Ireland international made a neat run at the near post and headed Marc Bola’s cross past Josh Lillis.

The lead didn’t last long though, as Rochdale levelled matters three minutes later. A corner floated into the box was met by Ryan Delaney, who smashed the ball on the volley into the back of the net.

A bit of indecision from another Rochdale corner almost resulted in the visitors going ahead, however the ball fell just wide of the post. Zach Clough then tried his luck with a free-kick that Mark Howard scampered across goal to save.

It was the visitors who continued to threaten in and around the box, winning free-kicks in promising positions, yet they failed to really test Howard.

Just prior to the half-hour mark, The Seasiders re-established their lead. A set-piece from Jay Spearing was met by Curtis Tilt who scored Blackpool’s second goal and header of the afternoon.

After the goal, the game once again became dominated by breaks in play due to fouls from both sides.

Half-Time: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 1

Straight after the re-start Jordan Thompson was brought down just outside the box. Armand Gnanduillet stepped up to take the free-kick and blasted it straight at the wall.

Nathan Delfouneso then went close with a glancing header that landed on the roof of the net, while Callum Guy’s cross struck the top of the bar.

Michael Nottingham was introduced off the bench for Liam Feeney with 20 minutes of the contest to go, as Blackpool looked to wrap things up.

Rochdale came close to creating an opportunity to level a few minutes later, however Jay Spearing was on hand to block off a six-yard cut-back from Bradden Inman.

In an attempt to secure the points with a third goal, Armand Gnanduillet saw a strike blocked and Jordan Thompson curled an effort over the bar.

At the other end, Rochdale continued to try and carve out a chance, which duly came in the 87th minute. Calvin Andrew stooped low to head the ball into the far corner.

Full-Time: Blackpool 2 Rochdale 2

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