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06 November 2018 Venue Priestfield Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Gillingham (A)

Seasiders Back In Action Tonight

6 November 2018

A midweek, rearranged trip to Gillingham is on the agenda for Blackpool tonight, with the players aiming to bounce back from a disappointing defeat on the weekend.

The Seasiders are quickly having to get used to life on the road this month, with games at Exeter City and Southend United to follow in the next 11 days. 

Tonight's opposition head into the fixture following consecutive home victories against Bradford City and Fleetwood Town. 

Pool's last visit to the stadium was a good one though, with a 3-0 win being the club's first at Priestfield since 2000. 

Team News: 

Mark Howard (thigh) and Donervon Daniels (hamstring) will be assessed ahead of the match, having both missed out against Bristol Rovers. Armand Gnanduillet and Paudie O'Connor are suspended. 

Gillingham will check on the fitness of defender Alex Lacey, who twisted his knee in the warm-up against Fleetwood on Saturday. Callum Reilly remains sidelined with a groin problem. 

Manager Views: 

Terry McPhillips: 

"You want to play teams when they’re on a poor run, but they’ve obviously picked up some points. All the games are so hard, it’s a really fine line.

"We've got to recover from the disappointment of Saturday and go again. “It’s a big challenge for us now to get ourselves on another run, hopefully starting on Tuesday, and push up that table."

Steve Lovell: 

“Blackpool have had a decent start to the season even though they lost 3-0 to Bristol Rovers on Saturday. They’ll be wanting to come and put that right. “They’re all tough games but as long as we put in the effort, close them down and then play the football we can and pass it into certain areas then we can get a result."

The Referee: 

Craig Hicks has been confirmed to referee tonight's game, having previously refereed this fixture last season. 

He will be assisted by Callum Walchester and Rob Smith. Fourth official at Priestfield Stadium will be Anthony Da Costa. 

Tickets: 

A £2 price increase applies to tickets purchased at the ground tonight. 

Therefore, tickets will cost: 

- £22 for Adults
- £18 for Senior Citizens
- £8 for Students
- £8 for Under-18s

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Report: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 1

Delfouneso Goal Secures The Three Points

6 November 2018

Nathan Delfouneso’s fourth goal of the season helped Blackpool bounce back with a 1-0 victory away to Gillingham.

The forward found the net just after half-time, nodding in a glorious cross from Chris Taylor to give the side an advantage to hold on to.

A real defensive effort was required to secure all three points, though Blackpool held firm under some high balls.

Manager Terry McPhillips made three changes to his side for the match, with Michael Nottingham, Chris Taylor and Callum Guy starting at Priestfield Stadium.

It was the hosts who looked the livelier in the opening period though, particularly through the outlets of Brandon Hanlan and Tom Eaves up front.

Gillingham’s first real opportunity almost resulted in an opener, as Connor Ogilvie struck the top of the bar with a strike from 20-yards out. Another effort soon followed from Darren Oldaker, but he dragged his shot wide from a similar distance.

At the other end, Curtis Tilt felt he had a big claim for a penalty in the 27th minute, as he tumbled to the ground following a corner delivery. Referee Craig Hicks deemed the challenge a fair one and allowed play to continue.

Callum Guy did well to intercept a loose pass and start Blackpool off on a counter attack, however the supporting Mark Cullen was unable to find Nathan Delfouneso with his delivery.

Christoffer Mafoumbi was called into action as the half-time interval approached, pushing clear a swerving free-kick and then tipping over a headed rebound.

Half-Time: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 0

The Seasiders almost made the perfect start to the second-half, with Mark Cullen inches away from converting Marc Bola’s delivery across the six-yard box.

It proved to be a warning sign, as Blackpool took the lead three minutes later. Chris Taylor did well to keep the ball in play over on the far side and cut inside to deliver a pin-point cross that Nathan Delfouneso headed in.

With Gillingham now searching for an equaliser, Blackpool opted to introduce Jordan Thompson off the bench for Taylor. The Northern Ireland international took up his usual position in front of Jay Spearing and Callum Guy.

The hosts continued to pump balls into the Blackpool box at every opportunity, many of which came from set-plays. The defence stood firm, though.

Christoffer Mafoumbi was then required to get across goal and save a low drilled strike from right-back Mark Byrne.

Jordan Thompson tried his luck at the other end, forcing Tomas Holy to pounce on the ball at the second attempt after initially fumbling his strike.  

Gillingham substitute Josh Parker worked himself some space on a Gillingham attack and was denied by a fantastic save from Mafoumbi in added time to preserve Blackpool’s advantage and seal the three points.

Full-Time: Gillingham 0 Blackpool 1

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