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Bristol Rovers 2-1 Blackpool

Josh Ginnelly ended Bristol Rovers' 14-match winless run with an 84th-minute goal in a 2-1 win over 10-man Blackpool.

The substitute got the decisive touch to a Jonson Clarke-Harris shot from distance to wrong-foot goalkeeper Chris Maxwell and give manager Ben Garner his first win since taking charge in December.

David Dunn had to wait less than two minutes for his first goal as caretaker Blackpool boss, with Connor Ronan breaking down the right and crossing for Gary Madine to net with a fierce first-time shot from 12 yards.

But the visitors were reduced to 10 men in the 43rd minute when Ben Heneghan was shown a straight red card for a sliding challenge from behind on Clarke-Harris.

Rovers equalised in the 73rd minute with a breathtaking strike from centre-back Alfie Kilgour, whose wind-assisted shot from 35 yards arrowed into the top corner.

Ginnelly then won it for Rovers late on.

The game was dominated by a strong wind and driving rain.

Matty Virtue missed two second-half chances for Blackpool and at the death substitute Nathan Delfouneso failed to beat Rovers keeper Jamal Blackman one-on-one.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Bristol Rovers

  • 21Blackman
  • 2Little
  • 15Kilgour
  • 5Craig
  • 11Leahy
  • 8O Clarke
  • 6UpsonBooked at 54mins
  • 4OgogoSubstituted forBarrettat 74'minutes
  • 33RodmanSubstituted forGinnellyat 60'minutes
  • 9Clarke-Harris
  • 27Mitchell-LawsonSubstituted forAbrahamat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1van Stappershoef
  • 3Holmes-Dennis
  • 14Ginnelly
  • 24Menayese
  • 29Abraham
  • 36Hargreaves
  • 39Barrett

Blackpool

  • 32Maxwell
  • 11Feeney
  • 42Moore
  • 6HeneghanBooked at 43mins
  • 26HusbandBooked at 30mins
  • 29MacDonald
  • 17Virtue-Thick
  • 15Dewsbury-Hall
  • 40RonanSubstituted forDelfounesoat 45'minutes
  • 30MadineSubstituted forTurtonat 45'minutes
  • 21GnanduilletSubstituted forNuttallat 77'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Howe
  • 3Bola
  • 7Delfouneso
  • 20Turton
  • 24Nuttall
  • 27Ward
  • 28Sims
Referee:
Brett Huxtable
Attendance:
6,631

Match Stats

Home TeamBristol RoversAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home57%
Away43%
Shots
Home19
Away13
Shots on Target
Home4
Away6
Corners
Home6
Away13
Fouls
Home11
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 2, Blackpool 1.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ed Upson.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jamal Blackman.

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joe Nuttall with a through ball.

Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by James Husband (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Calum MacDonald (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Hand ball by Timmy Abraham (Bristol Rovers).

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alfie Kilgour.

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

James Husband (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Attempt missed. Timmy Abraham (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Ed Upson with a headed pass.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 2, Blackpool 1. Josh Ginnelly (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mark Little.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Husband.

Foul by Josh Barrett (Bristol Rovers).

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Luke Leahy (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the box misses to the right.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Timmy Abraham.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joe Nuttall replaces Armand Gnanduillet.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Barrett replaces Abu Ogogo.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Timmy Abraham replaces Jayden Mitchell-Lawson.

Goal!

Goal! Bristol Rovers 1, Blackpool 1. Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Abu Ogogo.

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Josh Ginnelly with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

Foul by Tony Craig (Bristol Rovers).

Chris Maxwell (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Taylor Moore.

Attempt blocked. Jonson Clarke-Harris (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ollie Clarke.

Alfie Kilgour (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Liam Feeney (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Josh Ginnelly (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Leahy.

Foul by Abu Ogogo (Bristol Rovers).

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

Attempt blocked. Josh Ginnelly (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Armand Gnanduillet.

Attempt saved. Matthew Virtue-Thick (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

Substitution

Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Josh Ginnelly replaces Alex Rodman.

Foul by Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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3Wycombe3216884136556
4Peterborough331671065392655
5Sunderland31159742261654
6Portsmouth30158745301553
7Ipswich321410845311452
8Fleetwood30149746351151
9Doncaster31139947311648
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16Blackpool30910113939037
17Shrewsbury30811112536-1135
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