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Bristol Rovers 4-0 Blackpool

Jonson Clarke-Harris netted a hat-trick as Bristol Rovers boosted their League One survival hopes with victory over Blackpool at the Memorial Stadium.

The hosts took a sixth-minute lead when Liam Sercombe's low cross from the right corner of the box took a deflection into the path of Clarke-Harris, who fired home from close range.

It was 2-0 on 37 minutes as Ollie Clarke's pass put Clarke-Harris in on the left and the striker thumped an unstoppable shot across goalkeeper Mark Howard into the far corner.

The big striker completed his treble on 68 minutes, lashing in the rebound after Clarke's volley had brought a brilliant save from Howard.

Sercombe completed an emphatic win in stoppage time, shooting low past the Blackpool keeper from substitute Alex Jakubiak's cross-field pass.

Blackpool created plenty of openings without finding a finish. Rovers keeper Jack Bonham made second-half saves from Jordan Thompson and Armand Gnanduillet to protect his side's lead.

Rovers remain 21st in the table but are now two points behind Walsall, with a game in hand.

Report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 13Bonham
  • 22Partington
  • 4Lockyer
  • 5Craig
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 7Sercombe
  • 25Ogogo
  • 6Upson
  • 8O ClarkeSubstituted forSinclairat 83'minutes
  • 19Clarke-HarrisSubstituted forJakubiakat 73'minutes
  • 10NicholsBooked at 18minsSubstituted forReillyat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 15J Clarke
  • 17Jakubiak
  • 20Reilly
  • 21Smith
  • 24Sinclair
  • 26Matthews
  • 28Kelly

Blackpool

  • 1Howard
  • 2Daniels
  • 6Heneghan
  • 16Tilt
  • 3Wilmer-AndertonSubstituted forVirtue-Thickat 45'minutes
  • 15ThompsonSubstituted forTaylorat 72'minutes
  • 8Spearing
  • 20TurtonBooked at 15mins
  • 14PritchardSubstituted forDodooat 66'minutes
  • 21Gnanduillet
  • 7Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 5Evans
  • 11Dodoo
  • 12Nottingham
  • 13Boney
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 19Taylor
  • 24Feeney
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,496

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home17
Away16
Shots on Target
Home8
Away5
Corners
Home1
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Blackpool 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 4, Blackpool 0.

Attempt saved. Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Stuart Sinclair.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 4, Blackpool 0. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Jakubiak.

Foul by Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers).

Ben Heneghan (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Alex Jakubiak (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Joseph Dodoo (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Abu Ogogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Stuart Sinclair replaces Ollie Clarke.

Attempt saved. Oliver Turton (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Attempt blocked. Chris Taylor (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Gavin Reilly (Bristol Rovers).

Curtis Tilt (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt blocked. Joseph Dodoo (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Gavin Reilly replaces Tom Nichols because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alex Jakubiak replaces Jonson Clarke-Harris.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Chris Taylor replaces Jordan Thompson.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 3, Blackpool 0. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner.

Attempt saved. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joseph Dodoo replaces Harry Pritchard.

Foul by Ben Heneghan (Blackpool).

Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) header from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tony Craig.

Attempt missed. Tom Nichols (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

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

Foul by Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool).

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Bonham.

Attempt saved. Jordan Thompson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Foul by Joe Partington (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Armand Gnanduillet (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton35229469294075
2Barnsley352010562283470
3Sunderland341814261322968
4Portsmouth351811660372365
5Charlton35179951351660
6Doncaster341510960431755
7Peterborough351510105648855
8Coventry35148133838050
9Fleetwood351310124637949
10Blackpool341212103433148
11Burton351111134241144
12Wycombe351110144452-843
13Southend35125184448-441
14Accrington331011123444-1041
15Plymouth35118164556-1141
16Scunthorpe35118164260-1841
17Shrewsbury35913133845-740
18Gillingham35117174658-1240
19Oxford Utd35912144353-1039
20Walsall35109163755-1839
21Bristol Rovers34910153537-237
22Rochdale3597194274-3234
23Bradford3596203960-2133
24Wimbledon3586212853-2530
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