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Blackpool (H) match preview

17 September 2019

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Rovers will look to make it four home wins in a row in Sky Bet League One when they take on Blackpool at the Keepmoat Stadium on Tuesday night.

Darren Moore’s side go into the game on the back of a hard fought 0-0 draw at Ipswich Town last time out.

Blackpool are just a point below Rovers in the table, and will be looking for an immediate response to Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at home to MK Dons.

Brief history of Blackpool FC

Blackpool play at the 17,338-capacity Bloomfield Road stadium, which has been their home since 1900.

They are nicknamed the Seasiders after their proximity to the coast, also being dubbed the Tangerines due to their distinctive shirt colour.

The Seasiders were in the Premier League as recently as 2011, being promoted via the Championship play-offs the previous year after a 3-2 win over Cardiff City in the final at Wembley Stadium.

Blackpool were promoted to League One alongside Rovers in 2017, also via the play-offs after beating Exeter City at the national stadium to ensure that they, like Rovers automatically, were promoted back to the third tier at the first attempt after relegation at the end of the previous campaign.

Who’s the gaffer?

Simon Grayson returned for his second spell as Blackpool manager in the summer after guiding the club to promotion to the Championship in 2007. An experienced manager in the second and third tiers, Grayson has also won promotion from Sky Bet League One with Leeds United, Huddersfield Town and Preston North End.

Ones to watch

Ryan Edwards

Edwards joined Blackpool in the summer after turning down a new deal at relegated Plymouth Argyle. Having started his career as a trainee at Blackburn Rovers, the central defender made his name in the EFL at Morecambe – winning the Player of the Year award at the Globe Arena. He moved to Plymouth and went onto make 68 appearances for the Pilgrims.

Jay Spearing

The 30-year-old midfielder signed a new two-year deal with Blackpool in the summer after initially joining the club in October 2017. A player with a wealth of experience, Spearing started his career with Liverpool, before moving on to Bolton Wanderers where he made more than 170 appearances and captained the club to promotion to the Sky Bet Championship in the 2016/17 campaign.

Armand Gnanduillet

The French striker joined Blackpool in the summer of 2016 after an impressive spell with Chesterfield. Gnanduillet played a key role in helping the club win promotion back to the third tier in 2016/17, and then returned from a short stint in South Africa to finish last season as the club’s top scorer.

Who’s the ref?

Antony Coggins will be the man in charge when Rovers take on Blackpool on Tuesday night, and you can read more about him here.

Last time out

A brilliant strike from Tommy Rowe secured Rovers a point when the two sides last met at Bloomfield Road in March. Michael Nottingham had given the home side the lead before Rowe’s goal secured a 1-1 draw.


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