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Blackpool - Previous Meetings

12 January 2018

Take a look back at two notable past encounters with Saturday's opponents Blackpool.

Rovers have taken on the Seasiders a total of 33 times since 1974, winning 12, drawing eight and losing 13.

We start with the most recent clash, which was the first time the two sides had met for 17 years and was a day to remember for the Gas.

23rd September 2017 - Bristol Rovers 3 - 1 Blackpool 

Darrell Clarke's men went into this League One fixture with just three wins in eight and were keen to bolster their points tally.

The afternoon didn't exactly start off as planned, when Kyle Vassell put the visitors in front after just 12 minutes.

However, Rovers managed to go into the break level when the recently departed Billy Bodin struck home a left-footed drive five minutes prior to the interval.

The game looked to be heading for a draw, before Ryan Sweeney found himself forward in the 84th minute and rose highest to nod home before wheeling off in jubliation and lifting the roof on the Mem.

Gloss was then added to the result deep into stoppage time, when Ellis Harrison fired home after an impressive run into the box.

Watch highlights of that match below.

5th May 1990 - Blackpool 0 - 3 Bristol Rovers

A significant result in the outcome of Rovers' season that year, as this victory crowned us 1989/90 Third Division champions ahead of rivals City, who finished runners-up.

Paul Nixon (pictured), David Mehew and Phil Purnell all netted in that win, as they and the rest of the team were mobbed by pitch-invading Gasheads at full-time! 

The club gained a record 93 points that season and remained unbeaten at home during the season.

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Stalemate At Bloomfield Road

Blackpool 0 - 0 Rovers

13 January 2018

Rovers played out a stalemate draw at Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon, to earn themselves a point on the road.

It was a fairly evenly matched contest with chances at a premium, Rovers' best falling to Rory Gaffney who had an early goal disallowed and also rounded the keeper in the second half but couldn't finish from a tight angle.

With two weeks between the win over Portsmouth and Saturday's game, Darrell Clarke had plenty of time to mull over his team selection, and opted for four changes.

Billy Bodin's last game for the club was against Pompey, whilst Tom Broadbent, Tom Nichols and Lee Brown all dropped down the bench to make way for Ryan Sweeney, Marc Bola, Ellis Harrison and Liam Sercombe.

There was also a place amongst the substitutes for new signing Bernard Mensah.

Within seconds of the kick off, Gaffney had the ball in the back of the net with a clever flick past the keeper after being played in behind, but was flagged for offside.

Gaffney was proving to be a handful operating as a runner from long balls in the opening 10 minutes, but was still tuning his timing, with forward getting behind one on one once again only to be caught offside.

The hosts had their first sniff of goal just moments later, with Sean Longstaff's driven effort from just outside the area narrowlywide of the mark.

Blackpool's chances continue to stretch as far as efforts outside the 18-yard box, this time with Sessi D'Almeida firing a strike wide of the target.

The first 45 minutes didn't offer too much in the way of thrills and spills, with both sides defensively sound, including a superb block by Sweeney to deny Nathan Delfouneso who looked to have got on the end of a useful cross.

The interval seemed to inspire little in the way of invigoration to the game, with proceedings continuing in an action-lacking manner.

There was however a heart in mouth moment for Adam Smith, who appeared to misjudge a driven strike from the left side of the box from Colin Daniel, but thankfully it flew past the post.

Sweeney also got away with an error of judgement with half an hour remaining, as the centre half lost possession in a dangerous area to Delfouneso leaving his partner Tom Lockyer outnumbered two to one, but the skipper did superbly to stifle the attack.

Following the Seasider's introduction of Armand Gnanduillet 64 minutes in, the hosts began to put Rovers under short spell of pressure, with Smith twice having to come and punch threatening deliveries clear.

It wasn't long after that Clarke made his first change, introducing Tom Nichols at the expense of Ellis Harrison.

Gaffney had looked like Rovers' most likely source of an opener, and he so nearly gave them one when he broke down the left and rounded Joe Lumley but left himself with a tight angle that he so was very close to finding.

The visitors continued to knock on the Blackpool door, and went close again when Joe Partington forced a fine save out of Lumley at the back stick from a corner.

Blackpool weren't settling for a draw earlier, and their nack of scoring from outside the area almost continued, with Jay Spearing letting fly and seeing his effort sail just wide of the goal.

Rovers made their second change with roughly four minutes of normal time remaining, as Dom Telford came on in place of Sercombe.

The on loan striker got straight into the action and forced a save out of the keeper with a powerful shot inside the box, with the rebound falling to Gaffney who struck the side netting with a smartly hit volley.

That was to be Rovers final stab at a winner, who had to settle for a point and a clean sheet on a cold windy day up at Bloomfield Road.

Rovers XI: Adam Smith, Tom Lockyer (c), Ryan Sweeney, Ollie Clarke, Liam Sercombe (Dom Telford, 86'), Chris Lines, Joe Partington, Marc Bola, Stuart Sinclair, Ellis Harrison (Tom Nichols, 74'), Rory Gaffney.

Subs: Sam Slocombe, Lee Brown, Bernard Mensah, Byron Moore, Tom Broadbent.

Blackpool XI: Joe Lumley, Kelvin Mellor, Will Aimson, Clark Robinson, Ollie Turton, Jay Spearing, Jimmy Ryan (Danny Philliskirk, 80), Sessi D'Almeida (Armand Gnanduillet, 64'), Sean Longstaff, Colin Daniel, Nathan Delfouneso ((Rowan Roache, 80).

Unused subs: Christoffer Mafoumbi, Nick Anderton, Jim McAlister, Callum Cook.

Attendance: 4,001 (1,112 away).

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750 Tickets Already Sold for Blackpool

10 January 2018

The club has sold 750 advanced tickets for our trip to Bloomfield Road this Saturday.

Supporters have until 5pm on Thursday to buy advance tickets for the League One clash, or alternatively can purchase tickets at the ground on the day of the fixture.

The allocation of tickets that the Club has received are situated in the North Stand at Bloomfield Road.

Click here for information regarding prices for Saturday's game.

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