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Blackpool 2-0 Bristol Rovers

A bumper crowd of almost 12,000 saw Blackpool cruise to a 2-0 victory against Bristol Rovers.

Simon Grayson celebrated a winning start to his second spell as Blackpool boss thanks to a goal in each half from his side.

Rovers went close early on at a packed Bloomfield Road, the boycotts of last season now well and truly a thing of the past.

The Seasiders' first goal under the new ownership of Simon Sadler came from the penalty spot in the 28th minute.

Experienced skipper Jay Spearing slotted home coolly after keeper Anssi Jaakkola had bundled over Curtis Tilt while stretching to punch away Liam Feeney's cross.

Barely a minute after the restart it was 2-0 when Armand Gnanduillet headed home Spearing's diagonal cross.

Liam Sercombe flashed a crisp volley inches over the top for Rovers, who kept plugging away but could not find a way through.

Ollie Clarke fired over the top from inside the box, while substitute Tyler Smith headed against the post seconds from the end.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 23Alnwick
  • 20TurtonBooked at 65mins
  • 16Tilt
  • 5Edwards
  • 26HusbandSubstituted forBushiriat 85'minutes
  • 10Kaikai
  • 8Spearing
  • 15Thompson
  • 11Feeney
  • 7DelfounesoSubstituted forPritchardat 81'minutes
  • 21GnanduilletSubstituted forNuttallat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Bushiri
  • 9Hardie
  • 12Nottingham
  • 14Pritchard
  • 24Nuttall
  • 34Shaw
  • 37Mafoumbi

Bristol Rovers

  • 32Jaakkola
  • 2Little
  • 16Davies
  • 5Craig
  • 11Leahy
  • 6Upson
  • 8O Clarke
  • 7Sercombe
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forSmithat 55'minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 29AdeboyejoSubstituted forNicholsat 85'minutes
  • 23Bennett

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 4Ogogo
  • 10Nichols
  • 15Kilgour
  • 17Smith
  • 22Hare
  • 28Tomlinson
Referee:
Seb Stockbridge
Attendance:
11,359

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home14
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away7
Fouls
Home18
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

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

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Ollie Clarke with a cross.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Attempt blocked. Joe Nuttall (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Liam Feeney.

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Ed Upson tries a through ball, but Tom Nichols is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Davies.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Harry Pritchard (Blackpool).

Foul by Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers).

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

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Curtis Tilt.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Nichols replaces Victor Adeboyejo.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Rocky Bushiri replaces James Husband because of an injury.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

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

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

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

Mark Little (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Nuttall (Blackpool).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match because of an injury James Husband (Blackpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Harry Pritchard replaces Nathan Delfouneso.

Foul by Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers).

James Husband (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tony Craig.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joe Nuttall replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

Delay in match because of an injury Curtis Tilt (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Kyle Bennett (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Blackpool).

Booking

Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Foul by Tyler Smith (Bristol Rovers).

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Fleetwood11003123
2Blackpool11002023
3Lincoln City11002023
4Wycombe11002023
5Rochdale11003213
6Rotherham11002113
7Coventry11001013
8Ipswich11001013
9Shrewsbury11001013
10Doncaster10101101
11Gillingham10101101
12Oxford Utd10101101
13Sunderland10101101
14MK Dons00000000
15Tranmere100123-10
16Wimbledon100112-10
17Burton100101-10
18Portsmouth100101-10
19Southend100101-10
20Peterborough100113-20
21Accrington100102-20
22Bristol Rovers100102-20
23Bury0000000-12
24Bolton100102-2-12
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