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04 May 2019 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Gillingham (H)

Final Fixture of the Season

3 May 2019

Blackpool will aim to maintain a top 10 finish and end the season on a high when facing Gillingham tomorrow.

The Seasiders, who recorded a victory against Fleetwood in their last outing on home soil, can make it back-to-back wins at Bloomfield Road for the first time since November. 

The visitors, under the caretaker stewardship of Mark Patterson, sit 15th in the division and are already assured of another season in Sky Bet League One. 

Team News: 

Blackpool will once again make a check on the availability of Matty Virtue, who missed out at Barnsley due to injury. Mark Howard, Donervon Daniels and Ollie Turton remain sidelined, however Jimmy Ryan could make an appearance after being an unused substitute at Oakwell. 

Gillingham could recall top scorer Tom Eaves to their starting line-up, with the 20-goal man having settled for a cameo role in the club's last two matches.

The Manager's View: 

 

Tickets: 

Tickets for the fixture will be on sale right up until kick-off (5.30pm), priced at: 

- £22 for Adults
- £18 for Seniors
- £10 for Under-18s
- Free for Under-11s**

*Prices exclude block M seating. 

**Under-11s receive free admission to home league 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.

Lap of Appreciation: 

The manager and first-team squad will come back out for a lap of appreciation after the final whistle tomorrow, providing that supporters stay off the pitch. 

The post-match Man of the Match presentation will also take place pitchside. 

Elsewhere In Sky Bet League One: 

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

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Match Reports

Report: Blackpool 0 Gillingham 3

2018/19 Campaign Ends In Defeat

4 May 2019

Blackpool’s season was brought to an end in disappointing fashion, as Gillingham ran out 3-0 winners at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders were made to pay for a lacklustre first-half display which saw Brandon Hanlan and Tom Eaves (2) find the net for the visitors.

A better response was mustered after the interval, however Gills goalkeeper Tomas Holy kept out Pool’s best efforts of reducing the arrears.

Manager Terry McPhillips made two enforced changes for the game, with Michael Nottingham and Nya Kirby both ruled out due to injury. Nick Anderton and Chris Long were the players to replace them.

The Seasiders didn’t get off to the best of starts though, finding themselves a goal down after just seven minutes. Brandon Hanlan dropped the shoulder on the edge of the box and jinked past Curtis Tilt before finding the far corner.

It was proving to be a real lacklustre opening from the hosts, who struggled to retain possession for any meaningful periods.

Despite that, Armand Gnanduillet did come close to levelling the scores in the 24th minute, only for defender Barry Fuller to make a vital clearance on the line.

Soon after, Gillingham doubled their advantage. Tom Eaves capitalised on a slip from Curtis Tilt to find the back of the net from 20-yards.

Eaves, now on 21 goals for the season, then notched another to make it 22 for the campaign. Bradley Garmston delivered the ball across the six-yard box where the striker was well positioned to slot in.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Gillingham 3

Club captain Jimmy Ryan made his long-awaited return from injury for the second-half, replacing Antony Evans as one of two changes. Nathan Delfouneso was the other player to come on in place of Chris Long.

After Jordan Thompson had gone close with a free-kick that deflected just past the post, a super stop from Tomas Holy denied Marc Bola from reducing the deficit.

More sustained pressure from Blackpool saw Delfouneso have an effort blocked near the line, and then Jordan Thompson’s powerful half-volley also hacked clear.

A minute later, Harry Pritchard found the net, only to see the flag go up for an offside call.

Blackpool continued to push and watched Tomas Holy pull off another save, this time to deny Curtis Tilt from eight-yards out.

Liam Feeney became Pool’s third and final change with 10 minutes of the match remaining, though that didn’t prevent the day and campaign from ending on a heavy defeat.

Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Gillingham 3

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