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Match Preview: Rovers v Blackpool

1 March 2019

Match Previews

Match Preview: Rovers v Blackpool

1 March 2019

Rovers remain in Bristol again this weekend, as they welcome Blackpool to the Mem on Saturday afternoon in the SkyBet League One.

Whilst the away form has been impressive of late, unbeaten in their last six on the road, Rovers continue to look for improvement on their home turf after suffering defeat to Sunderland last weekend.

Last weekend's blank was the first Rovers had drawn in six games and Manager Graham Coughlan will be hoping his side return to their goalscoring habits at BS7 this weekend.

The loss to the Black Cats saw Coughlan's men drop back into the densely-surrounded drop zone, with a victory over Blackpool this Saturday potentially pulling them out and up to 17th.

Rovers' League One record against the Seasiders is a good one, having played three times, drawn once and won the other two.

Manager's View: The Gaffer spoke to the press on Thursday morning at the training ground and emphasised his desire for a free-flowing performance this Saturday.

Sercs' View: Liam Sercombe joined his Manager in the media eye and hopes the side can turn a corner with their home form against Blackpool. 

Opposition View: Matters off the field have been dominating the Blackpool headlines of late, with a new hierarchy in place following years of boycott and turbulence. On the pitch, with 13 league games left for the Seasiders, they are in with an outside shot of a play-off finish, as they lie just six points behind the top six in 9th place. Despite their promising position, recent form has not been too positive, with just one win in their last five games - a 2-0 win over the declining Walsall. Whilst Blackpool aren't the most prolific outfit, they do have the joint second best defence in the division, conceding just 29 goals in 33 games. 

Last Time We Met: It was a day to remember for Rovers at Bloomfield Road, who recorded their largest away win of 2018 in November last year. The deadlock was broken three minutes after the interval as Ollie Clarke's deflected strike found a way past the keeper, before Tony Craig doubled the advantage on 77 minutes with a thunderous left-footed volley. O.Clarke rounded off the scoring and collected his brace with a great solo run and slide finish in the final few minutes to see Rovers notch three goals and three points on the north-west coast.

Tickets: Online tickets will be available up until midnight on Friday, 1st March. Tickets pre-purchased online are eligible for our 'Print at Home' option, which is a hassle-free way of securing your ticket that eliminates the need to queue on a match day to collect. We advise supporters who are collecting pre-booked tickets to do so at the earliest opportunity. Our match day ticket office opens at 11am and is located behind the North Terrace. If you are purchasing a ticket on the day of the game, please note that we no longer accept cash at the turnstiles, as tickets must be purchased at the match day ticket office (or from the Club Superstore between 9am-11am on a matchday).

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


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