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08 September 2018 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Bradford City

Seasiders Face The Bantams

7 September 2018

Blackpool return home to Bloomfield Road tomorrow as they host Bradford City in Sky Bet League One.

The Seasiders picked up points at Walsall and Macclesfield Town this week, extending their unbeaten run to seven matches in all competitions. 

Bradford, meanwhile, appointed former midfielder David Hopkin as their new Head Coach on Tuesday. That decision followed consecutive league defeats to Wycombe Wanderers and Fleetwood Town. 

Team News: 

Interim manager Terry McPhillips has something of a selection dilemma on his hands, given the returns of several players from injury. Donervon Daniels and Joe Bunney are back training with the squad, while Ryan McLaughlin featured for 45 minutes at Macclesfield in midweek. Jimmy Ryan remains sidelined with a knee injury, though. 

The visitors could give a debut to former Fleetwood striker David Ball, who has joined on a season-long loan from Rotherham United. Former Seasider Kelvin Mellor will also aim to retain his place in the starting line-up. 

McPhillips On Bradford Game: 


Tickets for the fixture, 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. 


Supporters unable to make the game tomorrow can watch it live on iFollow. The match will be streamed in the UK and abroad, with a match pass available for £10.

For further information, please click here.  

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

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

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 3 Bradford City 2

Dramatic Late Comeback Seals Three Points

8 September 2018

Three goals in six minutes saw Blackpool come back from behind to beat Bradford City 3-2 in a dramatic clash at Bloomfield Road.

Having dominated for large periods, The Seasiders found themselves two goals down just after the hour mark, but fought back in resounding fashion.

Captain Jay Spearing started the rally by converting from the penalty spot in the 84th minute, before seeing another penalty saved, only to smash in the rebound.

It was then left to Curtis Tilt to become the match-winner, with the defender smashing in on 90 minutes to make amends for a spot-kick he had conceded at the other end.

Mark Howard, Curtis Tilt, Jay Spearing, Jordan Thompson, Nathan Delfouneso and Mark Cullen were all restored to the side after being rested in midweek, while Donervon Daniels returned from injury.

It was Jordan Thompson who registered Blackpool’s first shot on target, forcing ‘keeper Richard O’Donnell to turn the ball behind.

Nathan Delfouneso was then presented with a glorious opportunity to hit the target, but he blazed Mark Cullen’s flick on high and wide.

The chances kept on coming for The Seasiders, with Curtis Tilt frustrated not to find the net with a free header from a corner delivery.

Donervon Daniels made a rampaging run through the heart of the pitch before being urged to shoot by the crowd, however his end product was lacking.

At the other end, Eoin Doyle looked to create an opportunity for George Miller, who peeled off his man before nodding wide.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Bradford City 0

Blackpool continued to dominate proceedings after the interval and carved out another good opening with 52 minutes on the clock. Marc Bola cut the ball back for Pritchard to shoot, but the former Maidenhead man was denied by a big save from Richard O’Donnell.

Jordan Thompson opened up a sight on goal for himself moments later, though his curling effort sailed just over the bar.

The Seasiders were made to pay for not taking their opportunities in the 59th minute when the visitors were awarded a penalty. Curtis Tilt brought down Kelvin Mellor in the box, allowing Eoin Doyle to step up and convert from the spot.

It soon became 2-0. Substitute David Ball had an immediate impact on the game, causing problems up-top before spotting the run of Jack Payne, who made no mistake with the finish.

Just prior to Bradford doubling their advantage, Blackpool introduced Ryan McLaughlin and Armand Gnanduillet off the bench. The pair now needed to make big impacts to get The Seasiders back into the contest.

A super ball across the six-yard box from Marc Bola should have resulted in at least one goal being pulled back, however both Delfouneso and Feeney were unable to slide in and convert.

Blackpool, who also brought Michael Nottingham on, continued to push for a way back. Jordan Thompson saw a strike cleared off the line and Richard O’Donnell somehow pushed a Donervon Daniels effort onto the underside of the bar and out.

The lifeline finally came in the 84th minute, when Jay Spearing scored from the penalty spot. The goal was the midfielder’s first for the club and came after Gnanduillet was clattered by the Bradford ‘keeper.

The drama escalated from there, as Pool won another penalty. Curtis Tilt, now playing as a makeshift forward was the man fouled this time, allowing Jay Spearing another chance to convert. This time his strike was saved, but he was first on hand to smash in the rebound and make it 2-2.

There was still chance for the comeback to be completed yet though, with Curtis Tilt making amends for his penalty giveaway by smashing in after Richard O’Donnell had fumbled a cross.

Full-Time: Blackpool 3 Bradford City 2

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