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Gillingham 0-3 Blackpool

Kyle Vassell set Blackpool on their way to a fourth consecutive League One win in a dominant display against struggling Gillingham.

Having earlier hit the bar with a powerful header, Vassell fired home the opener after debutant goalkeeper Tom Hadler spilled Jimmy Ryan's 25-yard shot.

Scorer turned provider for the visitors after 33 minutes, as Vassell's drilled cross was met by the onrushing Nathan Delfouneso, who guided the ball past the luckless Hadler.

Midfielder Jay Spearing missed the chance to add to the Seasiders' lead three minutes after the break, as he hit the post from the penalty spot after Tom Eaves had needlessly fouled Curtis Tilt.

But substitute Kelvin Mellor tapped in Armand Gnanduillet's cross to seal the win for Gary Bowyer's side seven minutes from time.

Gills striker Eaves had the out-of-form hosts' best chance of the opening half with a header from 12 yards in stoppage time.

Josh Parker fired over the bar from 25 yards shortly after the break for Gillingham, who have now gone over six-and-a-half hours without scoring at home.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 30Hadler
  • 2O'Neill
  • 5Ehmer
  • 19Nugent
  • 12OgilvieSubstituted forNashat 71'minutes
  • 33Byrne
  • 8Hessenthaler
  • 26ReillySubstituted forListat 61'minutes
  • 11MartinSubstituted forWagstaffat 45'minutes
  • 14Parker
  • 9Eaves

Substitutes

  • 4Lacey
  • 7Wagstaff
  • 10Wilkinson
  • 13Holy
  • 21List
  • 27Nash
  • 37Nasseri

Blackpool

  • 28LumleyBooked at 78mins
  • 20TurtonBooked at 80mins
  • 5Robertson
  • 16Tilt
  • 23Daniel
  • 14Ryan
  • 44Spearing
  • 30DelfounesoBooked at 67minsSubstituted forMellorat 69'minutes
  • 15LongstaffSubstituted forMcAlisterat 85'minutes
  • 17Solomon-Otabor
  • 7VassellSubstituted forGnanduilletat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mellor
  • 4McAlister
  • 6Aimson
  • 9Cullen
  • 11Gnanduillet
  • 21Menga
  • 37Mafoumbi
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
5,580

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home7
Away11
Shots on Target
Home0
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home16
Away18

Live Text

Match ends, Gillingham 0, Blackpool 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Gillingham 0, Blackpool 3.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

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

Foul by Ben Nugent (Gillingham).

Jim McAlister (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Elliott List (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Corner, Gillingham. Conceded by Kelvin Mellor.

Foul by Mark Byrne (Gillingham).

Jay Spearing (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Jim McAlister replaces Sean Longstaff.

Goal!

Goal! Gillingham 0, Blackpool 3. Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner. Assisted by Armand Gnanduillet.

Attempt missed. Liam Nash (Gillingham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Max Ehmer (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Booking

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Max Ehmer.

Attempt blocked. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Max Ehmer (Gillingham).

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

Booking

Joe Lumley (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Armand Gnanduillet replaces Kyle Vassell.

Mark Byrne (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Clark Robertson (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Gillingham. Liam Nash replaces Connor Ogilvie.

Foul by Elliott List (Gillingham).

Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Kelvin Mellor replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Foul by Tom Eaves (Gillingham).

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

Booking

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

Ben Nugent (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Kyle Vassell (Blackpool).

Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Sean Longstaff (Blackpool).

Foul by Josh Parker (Gillingham).

Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

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2Blackburn432612579384190
3Shrewsbury432411856362083
4Rotherham442371471512076
5Charlton441911145750768
6Scunthorpe4317161060491167
7Plymouth421810145350364
8Portsmouth44196195555063
9Peterborough4316131465551061
10Blackpool441514155953659
11Bradford42177185363-1058
12Bristol Rovers43168195864-656
13Southend431511175362-956
14Doncaster421315145250254
15Fleetwood44159205766-954
16Oxford Utd441411195863-553
17Gillingham441216164452-852
18Wimbledon431311194455-1150
19Walsall431212195163-1248
20Oldham431115175670-1448
21Rochdale431017164654-847
22Northampton441210224174-3346
23MK Dons431012214265-2342
24Bury44711263869-3132
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