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17 September 2019 Venue The Keepmoat Stadium Attendance

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The Big Preview: Doncaster Rovers (A)

Seasiders Look To Bounce Back

17 September 2019

A midweek trip to Doncaster Rovers offers Blackpool an opportunity to try and quickly get back on track in Sky Bet League One tonight.

The Seasiders hope to shake off the disappointment of a 3-0 defeat to MK Dons on the weekend and pick up their first league victory of the month. 

To do that, they must overcome a Doncaster side that remains unbeaten in the division, having won three and drawn three of their opening fixtures. 

Team News: 

Manager Simon Grayson could well make changes in light of Saturday's defeat, with several players pushing for recalls to the side. Mark Howard (Achilles) and Nathan Delfouneso (hamstring) are the only players missing.

Former Pool defender Alex Baptiste ruptured his Achilles last month and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines for Doncaster. Kazaiah Sterling could return to the side after missing Saturday's game away at Ipswich. 

Previous Meeting: 

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Bloomfield Road back in March, with a strike from Danny Rowe salvaging a point for the visitors. That ensured that Doncaster took four points from the two league meetings last season. 

The Referee: 

Antony Coggins will oversee proceedings tonight, having refereed five matches so far this season. 

His last Blackpool game came at Valley Parade in March, when Blackpool beat Bradford City 4-1. 

Tickets: 

Supporters still intending to make the trip can purchase tickets from the stadium, priced at: 

  • £21 for Adults
  • £17 for Seniors (60+)
  • £17 for 22-24-Year-Olds
  • £13 for 18-21-Year-Olds
  • £8 for 17 Years and Under
  • £5 for 11 Years and Under

Ambulant and wheelchair disabled tickets are priced within the relevant age category, with a carer ticket, if applicable, issued free of charge. 

iFollow: 

For those unable to attend the match, the second best thing is to watch it live on iFollow, with video passes available in the UK for £10. 

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Match Reports

Report: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 1

Late Winner From Gnanduillet Secures All Three Points

17 September 2019

Armand Gnanduillet stepped off the bench to score in added time and give Blackpool a 1-0 victory away at Doncaster Rovers.

The Frenchman made it six goals for the campaign with a header in the 93rd minute to get the team back to winning ways in Sky Bet League One and end the hosts’ unbeaten start.

Manager Simon Grayson opted to make two changes to his side for the fixture, handing first league starts of the season to Matty Virtue and Ryan Hardie.

It was a positive start from the Seasiders, knocking the ball about with confidence, despite opportunities being at a premium. A 20-yard strike from Joe Nuttall was the only effort of the note in the opening 15 minutes, though that fell wide of the target.  

The hosts were then forced into an early substitution, with Matty Blair unable to continue after picking up a knock. Alfie May was the man to replace him.

Blackpool continued to dictate possession and came close to scoring through Hardie. The former Rangers man wriggled himself some space on the edge of the box and saw his curling effort pushed away from the top corner by Ian Lawlor.

At the other end, a decisive block from Matty Virtue denied Niall Ennis from finding the net for Doncaster Rovers.  

Half-Time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 0

After watching Curtis Tilt head over from a free-kick, Blackpool had Jak Alnwick to thank for keeping the scores level. The ‘keeper got a decisive touch to the ball to turn a strike from Ben Whiteman round the post, even though a goal kick ended up being given.

Minutes later, Whiteman tried his luck again, fizzing a 22-yard strike just wide of the far post. Jordan Thompson then did likewise for Blackpool, having followed up a charged down effort from Ryan Hardie.

Hardie then had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock for Blackpool, having been presented with the ball by the Doncaster ‘keeper. He raced forward but ended up seeing his shot saved.

A great bit of defending from Curtis Tilt then ensured that the Seasiders didn’t fall behind. Niall Ennis rounded Jak Alnwick but watched his strike headed off the line by the centre-back.

With 16 minutes remaining, Blackpool opted to freshen things up in attack. Sullay Kaikai and Armand Gnanduillet stepped off the bench to replace Joe Nuttall and Ryan Hardie.

Despite that, it was the hosts who threatened, with Alnwick forced to push away another strike from distance, this time from Jon Taylor, while the defence quickly scrambled to charge down another effort.

As a stalemate appeared to loom, Blackpool won the contest in stoppage time. Armand Gnanduillet started off a counter attack and, having played the ball to Feeney, continued his run into the box to meet the delivery and nod in a winner.  

Full-Time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 1

Team: Alnwick, Feeney, Edwards, Heneghan, Tilt, Husband, Spearing, Virtue (Guy 86), Thompson, Nuttall (Kaikai 74), Hardie (Gnanduillet 74)

Not Used: Sims, Bushiri, Turton, Scannell

 

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