Blackpool suffered a narrow 2-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers at a blustery Memorial Stadium.
Gary Madine gave Blackpool an early lead before Ben Heneghan’s red card just before half-time. Two second half goals from the hosts ultimately secured the win.
Blackpool took the lead within just two minutes, thanks to Gary Madine’s second goal for the club.
Connor Ronan did expertly on the right to find Gary Madine totally unmarked in the area and smash in an effort from ten yards out.
Blackpool were impressing in the first half, with the vicious wind going with them in the opening 45 minutes. Half an hour was on the clock when Armand Gnanduillet used all of his power and pace to out muscle a defender and square a pass to Gary Madine who would have been clean through on goal, but for the pass to have just too much weight on and the goalkeeper rushed out to claim the ball.
With just over five minutes of the first half still to go, Mark Little had a good effort for the hosts which whistled just wide of the post.
With minutes of the first half remaining, Blackpool were reduced to ten men. Ben Heneghan was shown a straight red card for a sliding challenge on Jonson Clarke-Harris, with the Seasiders forced into playing the rest of the match a man down.
Half Time: Bristol Rovers 0 Blackpool 1
David Dunn made two changes at half time, with Nathan Delfouneso and Ollie Turton both coming on.
Blackpool faced a difficult challenge in the second 45 minutes, with the wind going against them and being a man down. Mark Little’s cross on the right hand side was whipped towards goal on 49 minutes, with Chris Maxwell having to be alert to the danger and did well to save and hold on to the ball.
Despite the difficulties, Blackpool continued to impress in the second half. Nathan Delfouneso played a great pass to Matty Virtue on 65 minutes, but Jamal Blackman was there to tip away a Virtue effort.
As the half went on, the hosts created a fair few chances but relied on an incredible strike from Alfie Kilgour on 75 minutes to get them back in the game. The midfielder was urged to shoot by the supporters and did so, smashing an effort into the top corner from 25 yards out.
From there on in, the hosts were on top and took the lead with just five minutes remaining. Josh Ginnelly flicked on a half effort which was heading towards goal, sending Maxwell the complete opposite way and into the net to ensure the hosts took all three points.
Full Time: Bristol Rovers 2 Blackpool 1
Team: Maxwell, Feeney, Heneghan, Moore, Husband, Macdonald, Virtue, Dewsbury-Hall, Ronan (Turton, 45’), Gnanduillet (Nuttall, 77’), Madine (Delfouneso, 45’).
Subs Not Used: Sims, Howe, Bola, Ward.