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Blackpool 0-3 Bristol Rovers

Ollie Clarke's double helped Bristol Rovers pick up their first away win in League One since mid-August, with a convincing victory over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

Two second-half efforts from Clarke, either side of a spectacular strike from Tony Craig, inflicted only a second home league defeat of the season on Blackpool.

Both sides struggled to create attacking momentum in the first half, with skipper Tom Lockyer heading Rovers' best chance over, on 25 minutes.

Mark Cullen had Blackpool's clearest opening, two minutes later, but his strike was deflected on to the post.

The visitors started the second half the brighter and Clarke put them in front from close range after Ben Heneghan missed a clearance, on 48 minutes.

Defender Craig sealed all three points for Rovers 18 minutes from time when he neatly volleyed home at the back post from Tom Nichols' deep corner.

And Clarke added a third for the Pirates late on, slotting home from six yards after a quick counter-attack exposed the Seasiders.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 37Mafoumbi
  • 20Turton
  • 6Heneghan
  • 16Tilt
  • 27Bola
  • 14Pritchard
  • 8Spearing
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forDodooat 79'minutes
  • 24FeeneySubstituted forNottinghamat 62'minutes
  • 9CullenSubstituted forMcLaughlinat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Dodoo
  • 12Nottingham
  • 13Boney
  • 17McLaughlin
  • 18O'Sullivan
  • 19Taylor
  • 25Guy

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 7Sercombe
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 15J Clarke
  • 2Leadbitter
  • 28KellySubstituted forMartinat 88'minutes
  • 6UpsonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forSinclairat 75'minutes
  • 10Nichols
  • 8O Clarke
  • 9PayneSubstituted forJakubiakat 90+1'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Lines
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 21Smith
  • 23Bennett
  • 24Sinclair
  • 29Martin
  • 33Rodman
Referee:
Trevor Kettle
Attendance:
3,227

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home10
Away16
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away10
Fouls
Home6
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 0, Bristol Rovers 3.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 0, Bristol Rovers 3.

Attempt saved. Harry Pritchard (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Stefan Payne.

Attempt missed. Ryan McLaughlin (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Joe Martin replaces Michael Kelly.

Foul by Jay Spearing (Blackpool).

Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Bristol Rovers 3. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Tom Nichols.

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

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jay Spearing.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joseph Dodoo replaces Jordan Thompson.

Goal!

Goal! Blackpool 0, Bristol Rovers 2. Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the top right corner. Assisted by James Clarke following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Curtis Tilt.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Ed Upson.

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Attempt blocked. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt blocked. Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Daniel Leadbitter.

Booking

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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

Foul by Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers).

Attempt blocked. Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Michael Nottingham.

Marc Bola (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Michael Nottingham replaces Liam Feeney.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Ryan McLaughlin replaces Mark Cullen.

Ed Upson (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ben Heneghan.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Liam Feeney (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Stefan Payne (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Portsmouth17115128141438
2Sunderland16105132131935
3Peterborough17103433221133
4Barnsley1694329141531
5Luton178542719829
6Accrington177732119228
7Coventry178452018228
8Charlton167452420425
9Doncaster177462524125
10Walsall167451922-325
11Fleetwood176562419523
12Southend177282122-123
13Blackpool155731715222
14Burton166372222021
15Wycombe175662324-121
16Rochdale175572231-920
17Gillingham165382628-218
18Shrewsbury174671620-418
19Scunthorpe174672637-1118
20Bristol Rovers174581414017
21Oxford Utd173682027-715
22Plymouth1734101829-1113
23Wimbledon1732121126-1511
24Bradford1731131231-1910
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