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PREVIEW | Rovers vs Blackpool

24 November 2020

Rovers are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Blackpool at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Fejiri Okenabirhie’s late strike earned Darren Moore’s side a point in their last Sky Bet League One outing against Sunderland. 

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Inside Rovers pre-match v Blackpool

24 November 2020

The Seasiders’ last six games have all been decided by the odd goal, starting with a 1-0 defeat at home to Charlton Athletic in October. They backed that up with a win over MK Dons before being narrowly beaten away at AFC Wimbledon.

 

The end of October brought about another upturn in form, as they beat Burton Albion 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium. They’ve continued to progress throughout November, backing up a 1-0 win over Wigan with perhaps their best victory of the season last time out – a 2-1 victory at table toppers Peterborough United. 

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24 November 2020

The man in charge 

Former Liverpool U23s head coach Neil Critchley was appointed as Blackpool manager in March, just before the season was curtailed. Since taking over, Critchley has been in charge of 19 games, winning seven, drawing five and losing seven, giving him an overall win percentage of 36.8%. 

 

Ones to watch 

Kenny Dougall 

The Australian midfielder joined Blackpool on a two-year deal in October. He arrived as a free agent having previously enjoyed success with Barnsley, where he won promotion from Sky Bet League One. 

Before his arrival in England, the 27-year-old played in his homeland for Brisbane Roar, before spending time in the Dutch top-flight with Sparta Rotterdam and SC Telstar.

 

Gary Madine 

The powerful forward joined Blackpool on a permanent deal in January after leaving Sky Bet Championship side Cardiff City.  

Now aged 30, Madine has played for several clubs in his career so far, including Sheffield Wednesday, Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers. He bagged the winner for Blackpool in their 2-1 win at Peterborough on Saturday. 

 

Jerry Yates 

The 24-year-old striker arrived at Blackpool in the summer from Rotherham United having impressed while on loan at Swindon Town last season. Yates scored more than 20 goals for the Robins, helping them to the Sky Bet League Two title in the process. 

The Seasiders secured his signature and handed him the No.9 shirt, he has three goals in a Blackpool shirt so far this season. 

 

Last time out 

It’s more than a year since the two sides last met, with Armand Gnanduillet’s late goal handing Blackpool a 1-0 win at the Keepmoat Stadium in September 2019.

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REPORT | Rovers 3 Blackpool 2

24 November 2020

Rovers turn on the style in the second half to come from behind and beat Blackpool 3-2 thanks to goals from Cameron John, Reece James and Ben Whiteman.

There was one change for Rovers after Saturday’s draw against Sunderland with James Coppinger returning to the starting XI at the expense of Jason Lokilo.  

Most of the early changes came Blackpool’s way with a free kick cleared by the head of Cameron John and a misplaced pass from Joe Lumley being punced upon by the opposition. Fortunately for Rovers on those instances the Seasiders didn’t make Darren Moore’s side pay the price.   

On the tenth minute Blackpool were awarded a penalty after Brad Halliday upended Gary Madine. It was Doncaster-born Jerry Yates who converted from the spot as he went low to Lumley’s left while the Rovers keeper went in the opposite direction.  

Within minutes of opening the score, Blackpool almost had a second from a free kick with Daniel Gretarsson latching onto the ball but struck wide. From that point onwards Neil Critchely’s side enjoyed the majority of possession and they did well at snuffing out any Rovers attacks with their high line which on a few occasions caught Fejiri Okenabirhie out.  

The first shot on target for Rovers came on the 22nd minute with Reece James going for goal directly from a free kick on the angle from outside of the box. It was easily caught by Chris Maxwell.  

For a centre back, Blackpool’s Gretarsson was always in the mix for some of the visitors’ biggest chances. One shot he had from 30-yards out, which fell into the hands of a grateful Lumley. Then on the 32nd minute he headed just over the bar from a corner kick.  

A quick break away from Blackpool saw them double their lead as Sully Kaikai charged forward, ending up one-on-one with Lumley. He took out Kaikai but the ball landed kindly for CJ Hamilton who thumped the ball into an empty goal. 

Darren Moore’s half time talk worked a treat with Rovers pulling two goals back within seven minutes of the second half kicking off.   

The first goal came from a superbly executed corner routine where Josh Sims played a piercing ball through to Cameron John who slotted past Maxwell. The second came from a neat chip from Reece James who looped the ball over the head of the Tangerines stopper. 

Rovers almost got a third as Sims broke into the box and did all the hard work but his squared ball didn’t reach a red and white top and instead the attack was spoiled by Blackpool. 

A probing ball from Sims then came into the box drew in a foul from Maxwell on Matt Smith. Whiteman from the spot turned the ball into the bottom left corner – identical to the penalty which gave Blackpool their first.  

This forced Critchley’s hand into making a quadruple substitution with 10 minutes to go. One of those changes saw former Rovers striker Keshi Anderson enter the field of play.  

Moore’s side managed to see out the game thanks to excellent defending to extend their unbeaten run in the league to five games.  

Rovers will now enjoy a short break from League One action as they make the journey to the north west to face League Two side Carlisle United in the second round of the FA Cup on November Sunday 29. Kick off 1:30pm.  

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