Match ends, Gillingham 2, Blackpool 0.
Dominic Samuel scored twice on his return to Gillingham to earn Steve Evans' side a comfortable victory over Blackpool.
Former Gills loanee Samuel, who rejoined the Kent club on a free transfer this week, headed home from close range four minutes in after the visitors' defence failed to clear Scott Robertson's corner.
Blackpool could have been level by half-time but Jack Bonham made good saves from a deflected Keshi Anderson pass and Jerry Yates' 25-yard shot to preserve the hosts' advantage.
Samuel struck again four minutes into the second half with a brilliant solo effort that left Blackpool goalkeeper Chris Maxwell well beaten.
Vadaine Oliver should have added a third for the Gills shortly after the hour-mark but headed straight at Maxwell when unmarked in the box.
Bonham produced fine stops from Sullay Kaikai's curling effort and Demetri Mitchell's stoppage-time free-kick to ensure Evans marked his 50th game in charge of the hosts with a victory.
Report supplied by PA Media.
- 20RobertsonSubstituted forMcKenzieat 80'minutes
- 9SamuelSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90+1'minutes
- 19OliverSubstituted forAkindeat 85'minutes
- 21EkpitetaBooked at 84mins
- 12NottinghamSubstituted forHusbandat 52'minutes
- 6RobsonBooked at 81mins
- 8AndersonSubstituted forMadineat 73'minutes
- 30LubalaSubstituted forKaikaiat 63'minutesBooked at 75mins
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- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Blackpool 0.
Offside, Blackpool. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.
Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Bonham.
Attempt saved. Gary Madine (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Attempt saved. Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
CJ Hamilton (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).
Substitution, Gillingham. Alexander MacDonald replaces Dominic Samuel.
Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.
Sullay Kaikai (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Robbie McKenzie (Gillingham).
Attempt saved. Ethan Robson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.
Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).
Attempt blocked. Ethan Robson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Jordan Graham (Gillingham).
Substitution, Gillingham. John Akinde replaces Vadaine Oliver.
Offside, Gillingham. Jack Tucker tries a through ball, but Vadaine Oliver is caught offside.