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Report: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Rowe Strikes Denies Seasiders Victory

12 March 2019

A stunning strike from Doncaster Rovers captain Tommy Rowe denied Blackpool all three points, as the two play-off chasing sides drew 1-1 at Bloomfield Road.

The midfielder found the top corner in the 73rd minute to cancel out substitute Michael Nottingham’s effort for The Seasiders.

The result leaves things as you were in Sky Bet League One, with the visitors retaining sixth position in the table.

Manager Terry McPhillips made three changes from Saturday’s draw with Southend United. The injured Ollie Turton was replaced by Donervon Daniels, while Jordan Thompson and Chris Long started ahead of Harry Pritchard and Nathan Delfouneso.

The visitors’ Tommy Rowe registered the first attempt of the evening, jinking past a couple of defenders in the Blackpool box before seeing his strike deflect over the bar.

It proved to a pretty chanceless opening 20 minutes overall, not aided by the strong winds swirling round the stadium.

An injury sustained by Donervon Daniels meant that he was unable to carry on, leading to Michael Nottingham replacing him as an early change.

Doncaster, looking lively on the break, countered upfield in numbers and watched Ali Crawford hit a strike straight into the hands of Mark Howard.

At the other end, a well-worked move led to Liam Feeney sending a diving header just wide of the post.

Then came Blackpool’s best opportunity of the half to score. Liam Feeney drove down the left and picked out Armand Gnanduillet with his cut back, only for the striker to blast his effort just over.

In added time, Matty Virtue was left in space on the edge of the box, however he hit his strike wide on the half volley.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Doncaster Rovers 0

Another injury picked up prior to the interval resulted in Blackpool utilising their second substitution for the start of the second-half, as Harry Pritchard replaced Curtis Tilt. The midfielder took up the left-back position, allowing Nick Anderton to partner Ben Heneghan at the heart of the defence.

Despite the reshuffle, Blackpool started strongly on their return to the field and opened the scoring in the 49th minute. A well-floated corner caused all sorts of problems in the wind, leaving a Doncaster player to head the ball against his own bar. From the rebound, Michael Nottingham fired in for his fourth goal of the season.

Doncaster, now in search of an equaliser, saw Ben Whiteman curl wide from the edge of the area.

Three substitutes then followed for the visitors, with the most notable being the introductions of James Coppinger and Liverpool loanee Herbie Kane.  

Neither of those scored the equaliser for Doncaster, though Coppinger did claim the assist. He played a square pass to Tommy Rowe inside the box and he made no mistake in finding the top corner on the turn.

Chris Long tried to restore Blackpool’s advantage when striking the side netting, while substitute Antony Evans was allowed to drive forward, only to drag his shot wide of the target.

Four minutes of added time came and went without any other meaningful chances, leaving both teams with a share of the spoils.

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Doncaster Rovers 1

Attendance: 7,404


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