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Gillingham 2-0 Blackpool

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.

Line-ups

Gillingham

  • 1Bonham
  • 2Jackson
  • 5Tucker
  • 6Medley
  • 3Ogilvie
  • 17Eccles
  • 18Mellis
  • 20RobertsonSubstituted forMcKenzieat 80'minutes
  • 9SamuelSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90+1'minutes
  • 19OliverSubstituted forAkindeat 85'minutes
  • 10Graham

Substitutes

  • 11Coyle
  • 12Walsh
  • 14McKenzie
  • 15Akinde
  • 16MacDonald
  • 23Woods

Blackpool

  • 1Maxwell
  • 20Turton
  • 21EkpitetaBooked at 84mins
  • 12NottinghamSubstituted forHusbandat 52'minutes
  • 15Mitchell
  • 18Ward
  • 6RobsonBooked at 81mins
  • 8AndersonSubstituted forMadineat 73'minutes
  • 22Hamilton
  • 9Yates
  • 30LubalaSubstituted forKaikaiat 63'minutesBooked at 75mins

Substitutes

  • 3Husband
  • 5Williams
  • 7Sarkic
  • 10Kaikai
  • 13Sims
  • 14Madine
  • 19Kemp
Referee:
Lee Swabey

Match Stats

Home TeamGillinghamAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home31%
Away69%
Shots
Home7
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away5
Corners
Home7
Away4
Fouls
Home17
Away21

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Gillingham 2, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Gillingham 2, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Grant Ward tries a through ball, but Gary Madine is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jack Bonham.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    CJ Hamilton (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Connor Ogilvie (Gillingham).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. Alexander MacDonald replaces Dominic Samuel.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sullay Kaikai (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

  11. Post update

    Sullay Kaikai (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Robbie McKenzie (Gillingham).

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ethan Robson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

  14. Post update

    Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Jackson (Gillingham).

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ethan Robson (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  17. Post update

    Oliver Turton (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Graham (Gillingham).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Gillingham. John Akinde replaces Vadaine Oliver.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Gillingham. Jack Tucker tries a through ball, but Vadaine Oliver is caught offside.