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12 January 2018

Fixture | Blackpool vs Bristol Rovers – Date | Saturday 13 January – Venue | Bloomfield Road

Blackpool's first home match of 2018 sees Bristol Rovers visit Bloomfield Road tomorrow afternoon. 

The two teams head into the match level on 32 points in the table, though Rovers do have a game in hand. 

Last Time Out: 

A dominant display at Oxford United went without reward for The Seasiders last weekend, as a late goal from Jon Obika secured the three points for The U's. 

Bristol Rovers, meanwhile, have had something of a break from the action, with their last fixture being a 2-1 victory against Portsmouth on New Year's Day. 

Team News: 

Goalkeeper Joe Lumley is pushing to make his home debut for the club, having performed well on his first outing at Shrewsbury in midweek. The likes of Clark Robertson, Jay Spearing and Sean Longstaff are all set to return to the starting line-up, though Curtis Tilt misses out due to suspension. Andy Taylor, Mark Cullen, Kyle Vassell and Dolly Menga remain sidelined. 

The visitors could give a debut to forward Bernard Mensah, who joined the club from Aldershot Town yesterday. Dan Leadbitter and Tom Broadbent are doubts with hamstring problems. Top scorer Billy Bodin recently completed a move to Preston.

Match Betting Odds: 

Blackpool Win - 23/23
Draw - 5/2
Bristol Rovers Win - 9/4

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

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

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Report: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 0

Stalemate at Bloomfield Road

13 January 2018

The Seasiders were held to a stalemate with Bristol Rovers, though largely dominated the game in midfield.

It was, in fact, both sides performances in front of goal that was their downfall. Jay Spearing went closest for Pool with an effort from 25 yards whistling just past the post.

Armand Gnanduillet had a penalty claim waved away from the referee, Martin Coy, despite being bundled over just yards away from goal.

For the visitors, Rory Gaffney went close in the second-half taking on league debutant Joe Lumley in the Blackpool goal. Fortunately for Pool, he was unable to convert from a tight angle.

Gary Bowyer made three changes to The Seasiders’ last league outing with Lumley, Aimson and Jimmy Ryan all coming in to the starting 11.

Blackpool started the day on even points with the visiting side, and not much could separate the two teams in the first half. Bowyer’s men saw a lot of possession in the middle but struggled to create anything meaningful. Sean Longstaff’s effort from the edge of the area was as close as anyone came breaking the deadlock in the opening stages.

Half-time: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 0

The second 45 started in much the same fashion. Colin Daniel’s cross to the far post almost made it all the way through into the corner of the net, though, giving Adam Smith a scare in the Rovers goal.

The game started to liven with the introduction of Armand Gnanduillet to Pool’s attacking line. The Frenchman immediately forced a save from the ‘keeper and offered a target for Blackpool’s wide players.

Darrell Clarke’s side started to threaten with 15 minutes to go. Gaffney had an open goal to aim at after rounding the outrushing Lumley, albeit from a tight angle. The forward was unable to finish a sweeping counter attack for Bristol, though.

Pool were then further frustrated at not making their dominance count. First, Spearing’s sweetly struck effort from all of 25 yards then fizzed just past the goalframe. Then, Gnanduillet appeared to be bundled over in the area.

Joe Lumley made a vital save late on to keep the scores level and leave both sides settling for a point.

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 0

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