Report: Doncaster 0 Blackpool 1
Blackpool picked up three massive points with an injury time winner at Doncaster Rovers to reignite their play-off charge with three matches remaining.
It was the most dramatic of Easter Monday clashes, with Jordan Flores striking the critical blow from the penalty spot to breathe new life into Pool’s season.
They’d played against ten men for forty minutes after Matty Blair had been dismissed for two yellow cards and looked to have blown their chance when Mark Cullen missed the first of two penalties.
Luckily, Flores was more clinical, blasting home after Will Aimson had been tripped inside the area to earn his side a massive away victory.
The champions-elect were naturally in buoyant mood from the off and could have led after 13 minutes, had Sam Slocombe not reacted quickly to turn John Marquis' effort behind for a corner.
The Seasiders’ early threat came on the break, but after Brad Potts had powered past Niall Mason, he couldn’t find a blue shirt in the middle.
Doncaster were winning plenty of set plays early on and Alfie May’s overhead-kick needed putting behind by Slocombe.
Potts was looking lively early on and had the ball in the Doncaster net on 23 minutes, but after racing onto a Nathan Delfouneso pass and lobbing Marko Marosi, the flag denied Pool’s number eight.
The visitors were coming into it and after Donaster’s Mason came close to finding his own net, Clark Robertson had a near post effort held by Marosi.
The end-to-end stuff continued as Tommy Rowe’s powerful strike was put behind for a corner by Slocombe, but it would be goalless at the break.
Half-Time: Doncaster 0 Blackpool 0
The second period began disappointingly for The Seasiders, who had Jack Payne forced off through injury, with Flores taking his place.
However, they were given a man advantage moments later, as Blair went in late on Kelvin Mellor, and with the midfielder already booked the referee had little option but to dismiss him.
Naturally Blackpool pushed on after the red card and Delfouneso’s header needed two attempts to be held by Marosi.
The striker was getting into good position but lacked a killer touch, as he volleyed over Andy Taylor’s cross moment later.
Cullen and Jamille Matt joined the action soon after, replacing Danns and Delfouneso, but it was Doncaster enjoying a period of possession, as substitute Gary McSheffrey curled over.
At the other end Flores drilled an effort at Marosi, before Tom Aldred cleared Mathieu Baudry’s downward header from almost underneath his own bar.
However, that was just the start of the drama. Inexplicably, with three minutes remaining Baudry handled inside the area under pressure from Matt, and Blackpool were awarded a penalty.
Just like on Friday however, Pool missed from 12 yards, as Cullen’s kick came off the inside of the post and away.
That appeared to be costly until Pool were remarkably awarded another penalty just seconds later. Aimson this time was tripped in the area, and to the dismay of the locals, Pool had another chance.
Flores took the responsibility this time and thumped home in injury time, sparking wild scenes from the Pool players and supporters.
Full-Time: Doncaster 0 Blackpool 1