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Seasiders Chase Fourth Consecutive Vict

20 April 2018

Fixture | Gillingham vs Blackpool – Date | Saturday 21 April – Venue | Priestfield Stadium

Blackpool head to Gillingham tomorrow in search of their fourth consecutive victory in Sky Bet League One. 

Three points would mathematically guarantee safety for The Seasiders, who achieved promotion back to this level in May. 

Last Time Out: 

A dramatic, late goal from Armand Gnanduillet saw Blackpool come back from behind to beat Fleetwood Town 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. The 94th minute header came just six minutes after Viv Solomon-Otabor had levelled up the scores against the club's Fylde Coast neighbours. 

The Gills lost out 1-0 at home to Rotherham United in midweek, with Will Vaulks on target for the visitors. 

Team News: 

Armand Gnanduillet will push for a starting place after his impact off the bench last weekend, while Kelvin Mellor and Jim McAlister are hoping to return to the squad following recent returns to training. 

Lee Martin is back available for Gillingham after serving a four-match suspension, though Gabriel Zakuani misses out. 

Betting Odds: 

Gillingham Win - 21/10
Draw - 21/10
Blackpool Win - 7/5

Previous Meeting: 

 

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

AFC Wimbledon vs Oldham Athletic
Doncaster Rovers vs Oxford United
Fleetwood Town vs Wigan Athletic
Northampton Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Portsmouth vs Charlton Athletic
Rochdale vs Bradford City
Rotherham United vs Bristol Rovers
Scunthorpe United vs Walsall
Shrewsbury Town vs Bury
Southend United vs MK Dons

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Report: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 3

Seasiders Make It Four Consecutive League Wins

21 April 2018

Blackpool recorded four consecutive victories for the first time in eight years with a 3-0 win at Gillingham.

Two first-half goals from Kyle Vassell and Nathan Delfouneso, plus a late effort from Kelvin Mellor, secured all three points and kept The Seasiders in the top-half of the Sky Bet League One table.

Jay Spearing did have an opportunity to add to the goal tally from the penalty spot just after the interval, however his strike came back off the post.

Manager Gary Bowyer opted to name an unchanged side for the game, though Kelvin Mellor and Jim McAlister did return to the substitutes bench following injuries.

The Seasiders almost made the ideal start to the game, as Kyle Vassell struck the crossbar with a diving header inside three minutes.

Nathan Delfouneso then had a good chance with a header from a corner, however he glanced wide of the post.

It was Blackpool who continued in the ascendancy, finding plenty of space in the middle of the park. It was just that final ball that was lacking.

The breakthrough finally came in the 28th minute though, as Kyle Vassell followed up a spilled Jimmy Ryan strike to fire in his 11th of the campaign.

Vassell turned provider minute later, drilling the ball across the six-yard box for Nathan Delfouneso to bundle in and double Blackpool’s advantage.

The goal didn’t go down well with the Gillingham fans, who watched Mark Byrne try and reply with an effort he dragged wide soon after.

Tom Eaves had a good opportunity to pull one back on the stroke of half-time but he was just off target.

Half-Time: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 2

A glorious chance to make it 3-0 came two minutes after the restart, when Curtis Tilt was brought down inside the area by Tom Eaves. Jay Spearing stepped up to take the penalty but watched his strike cannon back off the post.

Josh Parker drove a 25-yard effort over the bar in response, as Gillingham continued to be frustrated in their attempts to create any clear-cut opportunities.

Kelvin Mellor was introduced for Blackpool prior to the 70th minute, with Nathan Delfouneso the man to go off after receiving a yellow card minutes earlier.

Armand Gnanduillet then replaced Kyle Vassell in the 78th minute and he was immediately involved in the action. The striker chested a free-kick down in the box before watching his strike deflect behind for a corner.

It was the two substitutes who combined to score Blackpool’s third in the 83rd minute. Gnanduillet made a run down the left and squared the ball for Mellor to tap in.

That goal saw manager quickly signal for Jim McAlister to get ready and come on to make his first league appearance since breaking his leg 14 months ago. His previous return from injury had come in the Checkatrade Trophy in January.

The closing stages petered out without any further chances, as Blackpool continued their rich vein of league form.

Full-Time: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 3

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