Report: Blackpool 0 Doncaster 2
Blackpool slipped back into the bottom four after falling to a 2-0 defeat to Doncaster Rovers at a rain-soaked Bloomfield Road.
Two first-half strikes did the damage and moved Rovers away from their visitors in the table, as Andy Williams and Aaron Taylor-Sinclair won it for their side.
Both were the result of some questionable defending from the hosts, who were then wasteful with their own chances in front of goal.
A stirring second-half comeback never materialised and Dean Lyness produced a series of good saves to keep the score down on a frustrating afternoon.
Despite the conditions being far from welcoming, Doncaster instantly made themselves at home in the pouring rain and took the lead with a soft goal just five minutes in. Charles Dunne’s clearing header fell into the path of Williams, who bent his effort beyond Lyness.
Nathan Tyson was one of two Rovers men returning to Bloomfield Road and volleyed a presentable opening over the bar minutes later.
It took 18 minutes for Blackpool’s first chance to arrive and it was one Mark Cullen was visibly angry to squander. A clipped cross from Jarrett Rivers was met by a glancing header from Cullen, but it dropped the wrong side of Thorsten Stuckmann’s right-hand post.
Conor Grant was next to try his luck, but after turning, curled his effort a whisker wide of the mark, before Williams fired over from a corner, as the visitors continued to cause problems.
Despite that Blackpool carved out their second good chance of the half, as Cullen fed Jack Redshaw and the striker steadied himself before putting his effort wide of the post.
Along with Tyson, Andy Butler was returning to Bloomfield Road and would have marked it with a goal had Lyness not made himself big to block the effort. However, Blackpool looked less secure at the back when the second goal arrived, as Taylor-Sinclair scrambled home a corner for 2-0.
The visitors kept on coming, and Lyness did well to get down low and get a firm hand on Grant’s effort. While Grant’s shot was flying in, the same couldn’t be said for Redshaw’s strike soon after, which bobbled well wide of the mark to sum up a frustrating half.
Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Doncaster 2
Blackpool came out for the second-half with Neil McDonald’s words still ringing in their ears, and both Cullen and Redshaw passed up early openings, while Lyness again did well to tip away Grant’s careful effort.
McDonald opted to change his hand mid-way through the second-half, with Kwame Thomas replacing Rivers. And Cullen headed at Stuckmann soon after, as Pool began to make a fist of it.
They had their goalkeeper to thank for keeping it down to two however, as Lyness pushed away an effort from the dangerous Williams. It was then time for Martin Paterson, who took the place of Redshaw.
Centre half duo Clark Robertson and Tom Aldred were next to be frustrated, with both seeing headers fail to reduce the lead, while Williams missed a sitter late on to added further gloss to the scoreline on a poor afternoon for Pool.
Full-Time: Blackpool 0 Doncaster 2