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26 January 2019 Venue Ricoh Arena Attendance

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Match Preview: Coventry City (A)

Seasiders Face Sky Blues

25 January 2019

Blackpool will look to record their first ever victory at Coventry City's Ricoh Arena on Saturday.

The Seasiders are yet to come away from the venue with all three points, though have drawn three of five fixtures played at the home of the Sky Blues. 

Pool head to the West Midlands in good spirits, having taken four points from a possible six in recent weeks. 

Coventry sit level on points in the Sky Bet League One table and will be aiming to end a run of three games without victory. 

Team News: 

New signing Elias Sørensen is set to be part of the 18-man squad following his arrival from Newcastle United, while Ollie Turton makes a welcome return after being given an extra week to recover from injury. The game will probably come a little too soon for Mark Howard and Joe Dodoo, though. 

The Manager's View: 

The Ref:

Eddie Ilderton will oversee the fixture between the two sides, having initially been down to officiate last weekend's match at home to Shrewsbury Town. 

Hailing from the North East, he has refereed three games so far this season, showing 12 yellow cards. 

Tickets: 

A £3 price increase applies to tickets purchased on the day of the fixture. 

Therefore, tickets will now cost: 

- £25 for Adults
- £18 for Seniors (60+)
- £18 for Young Adults (18-21)
- £18 for Students (with valid NUS card) 
- £13 for Under-18s

Previous Meeting: 

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One: 

Barnsley vs Rochdale
Burton Albion vs Bradford City
Fleetwood Town vs Scunthorpe United
Peterborough United vs Charlton Athletic
Southend United vs Luton Town
Wycombe Wanderers vs Plymouth Argyle

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Match Reports

Report: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 2

Delfouneso and Gnanduillet On Target In Victor

26 January 2019

Goals from Nathan Delfouneso and Armand Gnanduillet helped Blackpool secure a 2-0 victory against Coventry City.

The pair both struck shortly after half-time, as The Seasiders registered their first ever away win at The Ricoh Arena.

The result, coming after a much-improved second-half display, made it seven points from a possible nine for Terry McPhillips’ side.  

Ollie Turton made a welcome return to the team for the game, while Nick Anderton and Nathan Delfouneso also started. Callum Guy missed out due to injury and Chris Long was a late withdrawal with a tight hamstring.

The Seasiders lined up in a 4-4-2 formation, which saw Marc Bola and Jordan Thompson occupy the wide midfield spots.

However, it was the hosts who were getting the most joy in the opening stages, retaining possession better than Blackpool.

Luke Thomas tried his luck from distance for The Sky Blues, though Christoffer Mafoumbi did well to push his curling effort away from danger.

Next to go close was Conor Chaplin, who nodded wide at the back post. The ex-Portsmouth man was in acres of space and probably should have put Coventry in front.

Most of the joy Coventry were getting was coming down Blackpool’s left, getting round Bola and Anderton. After an initial cut back had been cleared, Zain Westbrooke saw a 20-yard strike deflect narrowly wide.

Soon after, a tactical change was made. Liam Feeney was introduced off the bench for Anderton and that allowed Bola to move back to his natural position in defence.

Despite that, Blackpool had to rely on Christoffer Mafoumbi again to keep the scores level, as he turned behind another strike from Westbrooke.

Half-Time: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 0

With a better second-half showing required, Blackpool found the net two minutes after restart. Curtis Tilt nodded a Jordan Thompson free-kick back across goal and Nathan Delfouneso was there to knock the ball in near the line.

That lead was soon doubled, as Armand Gnanduillet made it double figures for the season. The Frenchman brought down a long ball from Curtis Tilt, held off the challenge of the defender and arrowed his strike into the bottom corner to make it 2-0.

The Seasiders then had Christoffer Mafoumbi to thank for retaining the two-goal cushion, as he denied Jordy Hiwula with his feet. The ‘keeper saved from the same man again moments later.

Ollie Turton, back from an eight-match injury absence, bowed out in the 73rd minute to be replaced by Harry Pritchard.

Meanwhile, Coventry threw Jonson Clarke-Harris on, who glanced a header just wide of the target on two occasions.

Amadou Bakayoko dragged a shot wide as the hosts continued to push for a way back, however Blackpool saw the result out comfortably following five minutes of added time.

Full-Time: Coventry City 0 Blackpool 2

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