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Report: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 1

Late Winner From Gnanduillet Secures All Three Points

17 September 2019

Armand Gnanduillet stepped off the bench to score in added time and give Blackpool a 1-0 victory away at Doncaster Rovers.

The Frenchman made it six goals for the campaign with a header in the 93rd minute to get the team back to winning ways in Sky Bet League One and end the hosts’ unbeaten start.

Manager Simon Grayson opted to make two changes to his side for the fixture, handing first league starts of the season to Matty Virtue and Ryan Hardie.

It was a positive start from the Seasiders, knocking the ball about with confidence, despite opportunities being at a premium. A 20-yard strike from Joe Nuttall was the only effort of the note in the opening 15 minutes, though that fell wide of the target.  

The hosts were then forced into an early substitution, with Matty Blair unable to continue after picking up a knock. Alfie May was the man to replace him.

Blackpool continued to dictate possession and came close to scoring through Hardie. The former Rangers man wriggled himself some space on the edge of the box and saw his curling effort pushed away from the top corner by Ian Lawlor.

At the other end, a decisive block from Matty Virtue denied Niall Ennis from finding the net for Doncaster Rovers.  

Half-Time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 0

After watching Curtis Tilt head over from a free-kick, Blackpool had Jak Alnwick to thank for keeping the scores level. The ‘keeper got a decisive touch to the ball to turn a strike from Ben Whiteman round the post, even though a goal kick ended up being given.

Minutes later, Whiteman tried his luck again, fizzing a 22-yard strike just wide of the far post. Jordan Thompson then did likewise for Blackpool, having followed up a charged down effort from Ryan Hardie.

Hardie then had a glorious opportunity to break the deadlock for Blackpool, having been presented with the ball by the Doncaster ‘keeper. He raced forward but ended up seeing his shot saved.

A great bit of defending from Curtis Tilt then ensured that the Seasiders didn’t fall behind. Niall Ennis rounded Jak Alnwick but watched his strike headed off the line by the centre-back.

With 16 minutes remaining, Blackpool opted to freshen things up in attack. Sullay Kaikai and Armand Gnanduillet stepped off the bench to replace Joe Nuttall and Ryan Hardie.

Despite that, it was the hosts who threatened, with Alnwick forced to push away another strike from distance, this time from Jon Taylor, while the defence quickly scrambled to charge down another effort.

As a stalemate appeared to loom, Blackpool won the contest in stoppage time. Armand Gnanduillet started off a counter attack and, having played the ball to Feeney, continued his run into the box to meet the delivery and nod in a winner.  

Full-Time: Doncaster Rovers 0 Blackpool 1

Team: Alnwick, Feeney, Edwards, Heneghan, Tilt, Husband, Spearing, Virtue (Guy 86), Thompson, Nuttall (Kaikai 74), Hardie (Gnanduillet 74)

Not Used: Sims, Bushiri, Turton, Scannell


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