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Report: Blackpool 1 Rotherham United 2

Four-Match Unbeaten Run Ended

12 October 2019

Clark Robertson came back to haunt his former club as Rotherham United ended Blackpool’s four-match unbeaten run with a 2-1 victory at Bloomfield Road.

The defender struck in the 87th minute to secure a workmanlike performance from the visitors, who had earlier broken the deadlock through Michael Smith.

Blackpool had more than enough chances to get something from the game and scored a late consolation goal from the spot in added time.  

Unchanged from Monday’s night fixture at Bolton, it was Matty Virtue who had the first opportunity of the game, with the midfielder getting a shot off on the turn that Iversen was forced to push behind.

Sean Scannell then hit a rasping drive that Iversen got a strong hand to, while Virtue tried his luck again, only to strike the bar.

Blackpool, really taking the game to the visitors, created another big opportunity when Ben Heneghan found an unmarked Armand Gnanduillet at the near post, however Pool’s top scorer was unable to beat Iversen.

At the other end, Rotherham defender Michael Ihiekwe got himself on the end of a free-kick delivery and clipped the top of the bar.

Half-Time: Blackpool 0 Rotherham United 0

Soon after the interval, the visitors took the lead. Ex-Pool man Clark Robertson headed a free-kick across the six-yard box and Michael Smith was there to tap in.

Curtis Tilt thought he’d put Blackpool back on levels terms instantly, however the linesman had already flagged for an offside call.

Just after the hour mark, the Seasiders opted to change things. Nathan Delfouneso, back from a hamstring problem, came on in place of captain Jay Spearing.

Delfouneso took up a central position and drove forward to set Blackpool on a counter-attack that ended with Virtue seeing a shot blocked off.

The introduction of Ryan Hardie looked to add another goal threat on the pitch for the Seasiders, though the visitors were sweeping up everything aerially.

As the home side continued to push for a way back into the game, the threat of a Rotherham breakaway loomed. Fortunately, Callum Guy halted one such opportunity by taking a booking for a foul.

A second goal did still come for Rotherham though, and it was courtesy of ex-Blackpool man Clark Robertson. A ball into the box wasn’t dealt with and that allowed the defender to find the far corner.

Due to numerous stoppages in the game, eight minutes of added time went up on the board to try and give the Seasiders a chance to salvage something, however a penalty from Armand Gnanduillet proved too little, too late.

Full-Time: Blackpool 1 Rotherham United 2

Team: Alnwick, Turton, Heneghan, Tilt, Husband (Macdonald 85), Spearing (Delfouneso 62), Guy, Virtue, Feeney, Scannell (Hardie 77), Gnanduillet

Not Used: Mafoumbi, Edwards, Nottingham, Bange

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