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Blackpool 1-2 Rotherham United

David Ball struck twice in the last 15 minutes to give Rotherham their first win in eight league games at Blackpool.

Kelvin Mellor gave Blackpool a half-time lead but Ball's late strikes mean the Seasiders are now winless in their last four.

The home side went ahead in sensational fashion after 21 minutes with defender Mellor's third in three games.

Viv Solomon-Otabor's cut-back rolled across the area and came to Mellor 25 yards out, who struck it with the outside of his boot and curled it in off the far post.

The Millers began the second half well and Clark Robertson was forced into two defensive blocks within the first seven minutes to deny Jerry Yates and then Ball.

Rotherham, who had lost their previous three in the league, were denied an equaliser by the woodwork after 69 minutes when Richard Wood's header came back off the crossbar.

But they were level after 76 minutes as Ball latched onto a long throw to smash home from six yards for his first league goal for the Millers.

And the striker snatched the winner three minutes from time as his near-post header from Anthony Forde's corner found the net.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 26Allsop
  • 2Mellor
  • 6Aimson
  • 5Robertson
  • 3Taylor
  • 44SpearingSubstituted forPhilliskirkat 89'minutes
  • 14Ryan
  • 15LongstaffSubstituted forCookeat 82'minutes
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 7VassellSubstituted forDelfounesoat 10'minutes
  • 23DanielBooked at 63mins

Substitutes

  • 1Williams
  • 8D'Almeida
  • 11Gnanduillet
  • 18Philliskirk
  • 24Cooke
  • 27Quigley
  • 30Delfouneso

Rotherham

  • 13Rodák
  • 5Ajayi
  • 6WoodBooked at 28mins
  • 20IhiekweBooked at 36minsSubstituted forYatesat 45'minutes
  • 2Emmanuel
  • 4VaulksBooked at 82mins
  • 23Williams
  • 17Towell
  • 3MattockSubstituted forCummingsat 87'minutes
  • 10Ball
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forFordeat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1O'Donnell
  • 7Forde
  • 21Yates
  • 25Cummings
  • 29Onariase
  • 40Wiles
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
3,654

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamRotherham
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home13
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 1, Rotherham United 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Rotherham United 2.

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Colin Daniel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United).

Attempt blocked. Callum Cooke (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Richard Towell.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Danny Philliskirk replaces Jay Spearing.

Delay in match David Ball (Rotherham United) because of an injury.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Rotherham United 2. David Ball (Rotherham United) header from the left side of the six yard box to the top left corner. Assisted by Anthony Forde with a cross following a corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Rotherham United. Shaun Cummings replaces Joe Mattock because of an injury.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Will Aimson.

Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

David Ball (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Danny Philliskirk (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Booking

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Will Vaulks (Rotherham United).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Callum Cooke replaces Sean Longstaff.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Joe Mattock.

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anthony Forde (Rotherham United).

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Clark Robertson.

Attempt blocked. Anthony Forde (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 1, Rotherham United 1. David Ball (Rotherham United) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jerry Yates.

Foul by Sean Longstaff (Blackpool).

Joshua Emmanuel (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Blackpool).

Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Richard Wood.

Viv Solomon-Otabor (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Joe Mattock (Rotherham United).

Richard Wood (Rotherham United) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box following a corner.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Corner, Rotherham United. Conceded by Will Aimson.

Attempt missed. Jerry Yates (Rotherham United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Will Vaulks (Rotherham United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Jimmy Ryan (Blackpool).

goal

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