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Blackpool 1-0 Bristol Rovers

Substitute Ellis Simms struck late on to hand Blackpool a 1-0 victory over already-relegated Bristol Rovers.

Everton loanee Simms had only been on the pitch for four minutes when he volleyed home Demetri Mitchell's cross on 75 minutes.

Play-off bound Blackpool finished the regular season in third place, while Rovers finished bottom.

Rovers threatened first at Bloomfield Road, with Alex Rodman seeing a deflected strike only just clear the crossbar.

At the other end, James Husband fired a disappointing effort straight at Rovers keeper Jed Ward.

The hosts were on top heading into the interval and Keshi Anderson was denied by a superb point-blank save from Ward in the 43rd minute.

Just after the restart Ward was there again to keep out Elliot Embleton's strike from an acute angle.

Rovers went close again on the hour mark when Rodman fired off target after meeting Cameron Hargreaves' smart pass.

Rodman then headed wide after rising to meet Luke McCormick's cross, but it was Simms who went on to settle it late on.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 28Moore
  • 2Lawrence-Gabriel
  • 21Ekpiteta
  • 4Thorniley
  • 3Husband
  • 12Dougall
  • 39Stewart
  • 15Mitchell
  • 32EmbletonSubstituted forMadineat 84'minutes
  • 8AndersonSubstituted forTurtonat 71'minutes
  • 38HolmesBooked at 18minsSubstituted forSimmsat 71'minutes

Substitutes

  • 14Madine
  • 19Simms
  • 20Turton
  • 25Antwi
  • 26Ballard
  • 33Fojticek
  • 34Shaw

Bristol Rovers

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 51Ward
  • 43WilliamsSubstituted forWalkerat 80'minutes
  • 26BaldwinBooked at 31mins
  • 25HarriesBooked at 13minsSubstituted forLittleat 79'minutes
  • 3Leahy
  • 37Martinez
  • 20HargreavesBooked at 25minsSubstituted forMehewat 80'minutes
  • 8WestbrookeSubstituted forLiddleat 80'minutes
  • 14McCormick
  • 24TutondaBooked at 55minsSubstituted forDalyat 67'minutes
  • 33Rodman

Substitutes

  • 2Little
  • 7Liddle
  • 13Day
  • 17Daly
  • 23Mehew
  • 28Walker
  • 41Oztumer
Referee:
Charles Breakspear

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBristol Rovers
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home14
Away10
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home13
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Bristol Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Jordan Thorniley.

  4. Post update

    Foul by James Husband (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

    Alex Rodman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by James Daly.

  7. Post update

    Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Mehew (Bristol Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Moore.

  10. Post update

    Attempt saved. Luke McCormick (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Ben Liddle.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Gary Madine replaces Elliot Embleton.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Thomas Mehew (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Stuart Moore.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Ekpiteta (Blackpool).

  15. Post update

    James Daly (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ben Liddle replaces Zain Westbrooke.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Zain Walker replaces George Williams.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Thomas Mehew replaces Cameron Hargreaves.

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Mark Little replaces Cian Harries.

  20. Post update

    Jordan Lawrence-Gabriel (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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