LiveRECAP: Blackpool 2 Doncaster Rovers 0 - Rovers well beaten by promotion hopefuls
Doncaster Rovers were comfortably beaten by play-offs bound Blackpool.
Goals in either half from Ellis Simms earned the Tangerines a routine win and kept Rovers 12th in the table going into Sunday’s final round of fixtures.
RECAP the game below.
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Blackpool 2 Doncaster Rovers 0
Last updated: Tuesday, 04 May, 2021, 20:57
GOAL: Simms (21, 79)
BLACKPOOL: Maxwell; Gabriel (Stewart 46, Anderson 64), Ballard, Thorniley, Husband (Ekpiteta 64), Garbutt; Turton, Dougall, Embleton; Yates, Simms. Subs: Moore, Mitchell, Shaw, Holmes.
ROVERS: Jones; Wright, Anderson, Butler, Horton; Lokilo (Coppinger 65), Smith, James (Greaves 46), Richards; Okenabirhie (Bogle 34), John-Jules (Sims 65). Subs: Bottomley, Amos, Greaves, Bostock.
REF: Robert Lewis.
8.57pm Simply not good enough
Rovers sign off their away campaign with a defeat and deserved nothing more than they got.
They were so easily knocked off the stride in the first half and lacked the ingenuity to work their way back into proceedings.
There were aspects of tonight’s performance that mirrored some of those early in the season when opposition teams did good numbers on Rovers, coupled with a general sense of tiredness among the group.
8.55pm All over
And Rover are beaten 2-0 by Blackpool, who seal their place in the play-offs as a result
88min Chance for Rovers
Good work from Taylor Richards sees him win the ball back high up the pitch and feed in Matt Smith who lashes a shot to the near post which is batted away.
81min Great counter, poor finish
Rovers surged forward from half way after an interception from AJ Greaves, James Coppinger slid a lovely low pass out to Taylor Richards, who cut inside but smashed well over the bar.
79min GOAL Blackpool
Ellis Simms doubles his and Blackpool’s tally.
He was played into the box and saw a shot blocked by the chest of Louis Jones but recovered to poke in the rebound.
78min Another close one
Blackpool are really piling on the pressure here as a small crowd of their supporters sing them on from outside the gate in the corner.
Embleton raced across the byline and drilled a low ball across but it was blokced out by Jones.
77min Great save
Luke Garbutt smashed a shot from the edge of the box that looked destined for the top corner until Louis Jones tipped the ball wide. Great stop.
75min Should be 2-0
Elliott Embleton really should have doubled Blackpool’s advantage.
A clearance from Rovers didn’t go too far after hitting the back of a Blackpool player with the ball falling to Embleton who fired well wide
73mins So close
Josh Sims was just inches away from levelling the score.
Branden Horton did superbly on the left and lashed a cross over to the back post where the on-rushing Sims got a head to the ball, with Chris Maxwell turning the ball around the post.
Best Rovers chance for some time.
66min Good save
Good save from Louis Jones to deny Jerry Yates. Josh Sims conceded possession in the middle of the park and Blackpool raced forward, with Yates being played in only for Jones to stretch out his arm to deny the goal.
65mins Double substitution
James Coppinger and Josh Sims replace Jason Lokilo and Tyreece John-Jules
61min CHance for Blackpool
All a bit easy for Blackpool to surge forward. Ellis Simms is played in around the back and drills a low shot which Louis Jones blocks at his near post.
Matt Smith cuts the ball back to Tyreece John-Jules from a free kick out wide with the Arsenal loanee striking first time and seeing the ball deflect up into Chris Maxwell’s arms.
58min Yellow card
James Husband, Blackpool