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Match Preview: Blackpool v Rovers

2 November 2018

Rovers head back up north for the second time in a week, this time to take on 12th placed Blackpool at Bloomfield Road.

The Gas go into the game off the back of their second 1-0 away loss in a row, after they were defeated by Barnsley last Saturday despite a spirited performance which could be said to deserve at least a point.

Whilst the attacking potency on the road still wanes for Rovers, they did manage to put two past AFC Wimbledon a week ago on Tuesday, to claim a vital three points in a bumpy opening quarter of the season.

Although beaten at Oakwell last weekend and stumbling in front of goal of late, Darrell Clarke's side have been in good shape at the other end of the pitch, conceding just five goals in their last 12 games in all competition.

A win in Blackpool could see Rovers pick up their first win on the road since the 2-1 triumph at Wycombe and potentially move them as high as 17th in the table.

Gaffer's view: Darrell addressed the local media on Thursday afternoon and expressed a desire to turn around his side's away form, starting on Saturday.

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Preview: Darrell Clarke on Blackpool

Player's view: Jack Bonham spoke to the press in the week and talked about he's enjoying life in the West Country after making a fine start to his loan spell at the Mem.

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Preview: Jack Bonham on Blackpool

Opposition view: Blackpool are slap bang middle of the League One table at present - 12th place with 22 points on the board. As their position in the division suggests, their form has been mixed and their last two also tell that story, one win and one loss. They were beaten narrowly 3-2 away at local rivals Fleetwood Town last Saturday, having a man sent off in the final minutes. A week prior to that they claimed a 1-0 victory at home to Scunthorpe United, where they have lost just once this season and that came against league leaders Portsmouth on the second matchday of the campaign.

Last Time We Met: The last encounter between these two sides took place at the same venue and will likely host similarly baltic conditions. Hopefully however that's all the imitations this instalment shares with that game back in January this year, with a rather drab affair finishing goalless. The closest Rovers came from nicking the result was in the second half when ex-striker Rory Gaffney rounded the keeper but couldn't find the net from a tight angle.

Tickets: There will be availability on the day but we've advised sales will be cash only, from the away ticket kiosk located next to the away end. There are no price increases for on the day ticket sales.

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Ticket Update: Blackpool

Keeping Up With The Game: As usual, we will have updates throughout the game on social media. If you can't make it to Bloomfield Road on Saturday, supporters based abroad will be able to watch the game on iFollow. For more information about iFollow - please click HERE.


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