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Report: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 2

Seasiders Fall To First Home Defeat of 2018

30 March 2018

Blackpool’s unbeaten start to 2018 at Bloomfield Road came to an end, as Doncaster Rovers recorded a 2-1 victory.

The visitors took the lead just prior to half-time through Tommy Rowe, though a much-improved start to the second-half resulted in Colin Daniel levelling things up.

However, a 70th minute free-kick turned out to be costly, as Rowe found the net with his second of the afternoon.

Manager Gary Bowyer opted to change system and personnel for the game, with Will Aimson, Sean Longstaff and Armand Gnanduillet all starting in a 3-5-2 formation.

Despite the switch, it was a pretty chance-less first 30 minutes, with Blackpool failing to utilise the space afforded to Colin Daniel and Ollie Turton in the wing-back positions enough.

The visitors only attempt in the opening exchanges fell to Tommy Rowe, whose downward header bounced wide of Joe Lumley’s right-hand post.

It was the away side who took the lead just prior to half-time though, as Tommy Rowe’s strike took a wicked deflection off a Blackpool defender before finding the net.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Doncaster Rovers 1

A substitution was made by The Seasiders at the interval, with Danny Philliskirk replacing Nathan Delfouneso for the second-half.

One of Philliskirk’s first pieces of action was to deliver a great ball into the box that resulted in Gnanduillet’s header being expertly tipped over by Marko Marosi.

It was fast becoming a better display from Blackpool, and it was rewarded with an equaliser in the 56th minute. A fantastic diagonal ball from Jay Spearing found the run of Colin Daniel, who made no mistake with the finish.

Pool were only level for 14 minutes though, with a free-kick conceded by Curtis Tilt proving costly. A free-kick routine straight off the training ground led to Tommy Rowe scoring his second of the afternoon.

Jay Spearing and Jimmy Ryan joined Curtis Tilt in the book soon after, before Gary Bowyer made his second and third substitutions. Viv Solomon-Otabor and Dolly Menga were the players to come on, replacing Will Aimson and Sean Longstaff.

The Seasiders were now trying to get the visitors on the back foot and load cross into the box, however opportunities were just not falling for Blackpool.

Instead it was Doncaster who had the chance to wrap the game up when Marquis looked to race clear, however Joe Lumley quickly raced off his line to clear the ball ahead of him.

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 2    


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