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Blackpool 2-0 Doncaster Rovers

Blackpool booked their League One play-off place with a game to spare thanks to a routine victory against mid-table Doncaster.

Everton loanee Ellis Simms notched a goal in each half to seal the Seasiders' third straight win.

Rovers goalkeeper Louis Jones dived full length to keep out Luke Garbutt's curling 25-yard free-kick early on.

Blackpool broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute when Jerry Yates flicked a header perfectly into the path of strike partner Simms, and he comfortably beat Jones from 15 yards.

Rovers midfielder Reece James curled a shot disappointingly off-target seconds before the interval.

Just after the restart Simms saw a goal-bound strike headed off the line by Rovers full-back Joe Wright.

Jones also produced a smart one-handed save to keep out Yates' crisp effort.

Rovers finally tested Chris Maxwell in the 73rd minute when the Blackpool goalkeeper superbly kept out substitute Josh Sims' header.

But Simms struck again with 10 minutes left. After meeting Garbutt's through-ball, he bundled home from close range after Jones had blocked his initial strike.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Blackpool

Formation 5-3-2

  • 1Maxwell
  • 2Lawrence-GabrielBooked at 42minsSubstituted forStewartat 45'minutesBooked at 55minsSubstituted forAndersonat 64'minutes
  • 26Ballard
  • 4Thorniley
  • 3HusbandBooked at 58minsSubstituted forEkpitetaat 64'minutes
  • 29Garbutt
  • 20Turton
  • 12Dougall
  • 32Embleton
  • 9YatesSubstituted forMitchellat 82'minutes
  • 19SimmsSubstituted forHolmesat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Anderson
  • 15Mitchell
  • 21Ekpiteta
  • 28Moore
  • 34Shaw
  • 38Holmes
  • 39Stewart

Doncaster

Formation 4-4-2

  • 13Jones
  • 5WrightBooked at 40mins
  • 4Anderson
  • 21Butler
  • 28Horton
  • 10LokiloSubstituted forCoppingerat 65'minutes
  • 14Smith
  • 3JamesSubstituted forGreavesat 45'minutes
  • 17Richards
  • 19John-JulesSubstituted forSimsat 66'minutes
  • 9OkenabirhieSubstituted forBogleat 34'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Bogle
  • 15Bostock
  • 16Amos
  • 20Sims
  • 26Coppinger
  • 27Greaves
  • 32Bottomley
Referee:
Robert Lewis

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamDoncaster
Possession
Home40%
Away60%
Shots
Home22
Away11
Shots on Target
Home10
Away3
Corners
Home9
Away7
Fouls
Home17
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Doncaster Rovers 0.

  3. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keshi Anderson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Oliver Turton.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Keshi Anderson (Blackpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high. Assisted by Demetri Mitchell.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Branden Horton.

  6. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Demetri Mitchell (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Bradley Holmes.

  7. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Bradley Holmes replaces Ellis Simms.

  8. Post update

    Joe Wright (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Keshi Anderson (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

    Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

  11. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matthew Smith (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Taylor Richards.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Omar Bogle (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross.

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Demetri Mitchell replaces Jerry Yates.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Taylor Richards (Doncaster Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by James Coppinger following a fast break.

  15. Goal!

    Goal! Blackpool 2, Doncaster Rovers 0. Ellis Simms (Blackpool) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a fast break.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Ellis Simms (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Luke Garbutt.

  17. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Andy Butler.

  18. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Elliot Embleton (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kenneth Dougall.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Ellis Simms (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Keshi Anderson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jerry Yates.

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