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Report: Blackpool 1 Bristol Rovers 0

9 May 2021

Blackpool finished the Sky Bet League One campaign in third place, thanks to a 1-0 win over Bristol Rovers.

Ellis Simms' second half goal was enough to secure the victory, with Blackpool now set to play Oxford United in the play-off semi-finals.

The visitors had a good opportunity early on through Alex Rodman after he found space in the area, but his first time effort went over the bar.

Keshi Anderson then had a chance at goal from just outside the area, curling a shot around the defender, but the effort was palmed away by Ward in the Rovers goal.

With half an hour gone, James Husband had a rare sight on goal. A fantastic ball to the opposite flank from Kevin Stewart found Keshi Anderson, who flicked the ball to the onrushing Husband. The left-back took a touch, had a shot which was saved with the ball falling t him again, but his second effort was blocked away.

Anderson had the best opportunity of the half in the dying moments. Jordan Gabriel did well down the right to reach the byline and pick out Anderson, who’s first-time strike was beaten away by Ward in goal to keep the score goalless going into the break.

Half-time: Blackpool 0 Bristol Rovers 0

Elliot Embleton tested Jed Ward in the Rovers goal early on, after Blackpool won possession well on the left. Embleton ran at goal and drove a powerful shot, but Ward was there again too tip it away

Bristol Rovers appeared to gain a second wind and thought they’d taken the lead on the hour mark. David Tutonda weaved his way through the backline, and released a shot. On it’s way to goal, the ball took a major deflection sending the ball the other way. Stuart Moore, who was diving to his left, stuck a leg out to his right and flicked the ball out with a wonderful save.

With 15 minutes remaining, the Seasiders took a deserved lead. Some wonderful link up play down the left flank allowed Demetri Mitchell the space to find a cross to Ellis Simms, who simply tucked the ball away first time.

And that's how the match ended, with Gary Madine brought on as a late substitute to get his first piece of action for three months.

Full-time: Blackpool 1 Bristol Rovers 0

Team: Moore, Gabriel, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, Husband, Dougall, Stewart, Embleton (83’ Madine), Mitchell, Anderson (70’ Turton), Holmes (70’ Simms)

Subs: Fojticek, Ballard, Antwi, Shaw

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