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12 March 2019 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Doncaster Rovers (H)

Seasiders Look To Make Home Advantage Count

12 March 2019

Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers lock horns for the third time this season tonight, knowing full well that a victory would enhance either sides play-off hopes.

The visitors sit three points above Blackpool in the sixth and final play-off spot and with Grant McCann's side also holding a game in hand, tonight's encounter is clearly a crucial one for The Seasiders' aspirations. 

Four points from a possible six have Blackpool in reasonbly good form heading into the clash, while Doncaster are in search of their first league win since mid-February. 

Team News: 

One or two knocks from the weekend are currently being assesed from a Blackpool perspective, though Marc Bola has now returned to training. Callum Guy is also making progress. 

Doncaster will be without the services of top scorer John Marquis, who picked up two yellow cards in a defeat at AFC Wimbledon on Saturday. Alfie May could take his place in the forward line. 

Tickets: 

Supporters can still purchase tickets for the match throughout the day, with the ticket office open until kick-off. 

To avoid, late lengthy queues the club is advising supporters to arrive early if buying tickets. 

Tickets are priced at: 

- £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. 

The Referee: 

Peter Wright has been confirmed as the referee for the match. 

This will be the first Blackpool fixture he has officiated. 

iFollow: 

For those unable to attend tonight's game, passes are available to purchase on ifollow for £10. 

A match pass enables you to watch a live stream on your PC, laptop or tablet. 

For further information, click here. 

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One:  

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

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Report: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Rowe Strikes Denies Seasiders Victory

12 March 2019

A stunning strike from Doncaster Rovers captain Tommy Rowe denied Blackpool all three points, as the two play-off chasing sides drew 1-1 at Bloomfield Road.

The midfielder found the top corner in the 73rd minute to cancel out substitute Michael Nottingham’s effort for The Seasiders.

The result leaves things as you were in Sky Bet League One, with the visitors retaining sixth position in the table.

Manager Terry McPhillips made three changes from Saturday’s draw with Southend United. The injured Ollie Turton was replaced by Donervon Daniels, while Jordan Thompson and Chris Long started ahead of Harry Pritchard and Nathan Delfouneso.

The visitors’ Tommy Rowe registered the first attempt of the evening, jinking past a couple of defenders in the Blackpool box before seeing his strike deflect over the bar.

It proved to a pretty chanceless opening 20 minutes overall, not aided by the strong winds swirling round the stadium.

An injury sustained by Donervon Daniels meant that he was unable to carry on, leading to Michael Nottingham replacing him as an early change.

Doncaster, looking lively on the break, countered upfield in numbers and watched Ali Crawford hit a strike straight into the hands of Mark Howard.

At the other end, a well-worked move led to Liam Feeney sending a diving header just wide of the post.

Then came Blackpool’s best opportunity of the half to score. Liam Feeney drove down the left and picked out Armand Gnanduillet with his cut back, only for the striker to blast his effort just over.

In added time, Matty Virtue was left in space on the edge of the box, however he hit his strike wide on the half volley.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Doncaster Rovers 0

Another injury picked up prior to the interval resulted in Blackpool utilising their second substitution for the start of the second-half, as Harry Pritchard replaced Curtis Tilt. The midfielder took up the left-back position, allowing Nick Anderton to partner Ben Heneghan at the heart of the defence.

Despite the reshuffle, Blackpool started strongly on their return to the field and opened the scoring in the 49th minute. A well-floated corner caused all sorts of problems in the wind, leaving a Doncaster player to head the ball against his own bar. From the rebound, Michael Nottingham fired in for his fourth goal of the season.

Doncaster, now in search of an equaliser, saw Ben Whiteman curl wide from the edge of the area.

Three substitutes then followed for the visitors, with the most notable being the introductions of James Coppinger and Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane.  

Neither of those scored the equaliser for Doncaster, though Coppinger did claim the assist. He played a square pass to Tommy Rowe inside the box and he made no mistake in finding the top corner on the turn.

Chris Long tried to restore Blackpool’s advantage when striking the side netting, while substitute Antony Evans was allowed to drive forward, only to drag his shot wide of the target.

Four minutes of added time came and went without any other meaningful chances, leaving both teams with a share of the spoils.

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Attendance: 7,404

 

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