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05 April 2021 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Report: Blackpool 4 Gillingham 1

5 April 2021

Blackpool are now 13 games unbeaten and moved up to fifth in the league table, in an emphatic 4-1 win over Gillingham.

Jerry Yates hit 20 goals for the season with his brace, with goals from Sullay Kaikai and Elliot Embleton securing the win in a fanatastic win for the side.

The Seasiders took the lead on just five minutes, with Jerry Yates grabbing his 19th goal of the season. A freak back pass from a Gillingham man put the ball on a plate for Yates, who was clean through on goal and slid the ball under Bonham to give Blackpool an early lead.

Five minutes later, Elliot Embleton whipped in a wonderful cross from the right hand side to Yates at the back post, who peeled off his marker well, but his header at goal went wide.

Gillingham made Blackpool pay for that miss, and equalised with their first chance of the game just seconds later. Jordan Graham won the ball and found the space to unleash a shot from just in the area after teeing himself up, and fire under Chris Maxwell to make it 1-1.

In what was a relentless first half, Blackpool retook the lead on 20 minutes through Jerry Yates again. A free-kick was won on the left-hand-side, with Luke Garbutt whipping a wonderful ball in with his left foot. Jerry Yates was the first man to react, flicking the ball into the bottom corner to grab his 20th goal of the season.

And Blackpool weren’t done yet. With just half an hour gone, it was 3-1. Some wonderful link-up play between Jerry Yates, Grant Ward and Sullay Kaikai on the edge of the area allowed the latter the time to find some space and with the ball at his feet, fire under the diving Jack Bonham to increase Blackpool’s lead.

Gillingham weren’t letting up, and as the frantic first-half was drawing to a close, Chris Maxwell made a wonderful low save to his left from Stuart O’Keefe’s powerful effort and that was the last action of a wonderful first half of football for Blackpool.

Half-time: Blackpool 3 Gillingham 1

The Seasiders were impressing all over the pitch, with every player putting in a strong shift. It was 4-1 to Neil Critchley’s side on the hour mark, as Elliot Embleton grabbed his first goal for the Club.

Wonderful build-up play from the side on the left allowed Embleton to create acres of space. Luke Garbutt found Embleton on the edge of the area, with the on-loan Sunderland man able to take a touch to steady himself and fire the ball past Bonham.

With time running down, Ellis Simms did wonderfully well to sprint directly at goal from the half-way line, cut inside onto his left and look to curl the ball in to make it 5-1, but Gillingham scrambled back and were able to defend the ball well out for a corner.

Simms then saw his glancing header from that corner go just wide of the far post from that corner, and that was the last meaningful action of the match, as the Seasiders secured another big three points.

Full-time: Blackpool 4 Gillingham 1

Team: Maxwell, Turton, Ballard, Thorniley, Garbutt. Dougall, Ward, Kaikai (Mitchell, 85’), Embleton (Gabriel, 65’), Simms, Yates (Robson 85’)

Subs Not Used: Moore, Ekpiteta, Gretarsson, Husband.

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