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Blackpool 4 – 2 Doncaster

4 - 2
Doncaster Rovers

Bloomfield Road


Attendance: 4836


Marcus Bean was handed a started a start with Keith Southern being dropped to the bench. A surprise inclusion in the starting eleven was Rory Prendergast on the left wing, in place of the Donnelly, which meant Morris swapped to the right-hand side of midfield

New loan signing Kuqi had to settle for a place on the bench along with Pogliacomi, Warrender and Gobern.

First Half

Pool started of the match with an early chance, an early snap shot from Ian Morris rose over the bar.

Then in a strange passage of play Ian Wilcox picked up a yellow card despite the initial foul being committed by Paul Heffernan on Peter Clarke.

It was then Doncaster’s turn to earn a yellow card, after a mistake by Tony Butler, Lewis Guy found himself on goal, but then dived following a challenge from a Pool defender. Despite his best efforts to earn a penalty Guy was booked for unsporting behaviour.

Pool then took the lead, Marc Joseph’s long throw to the near post, found Tony Butler at the near post who stole in to nod in the first goal of the night and his first goal since his return to Bloomfield Road.

The lead only lasted for ten minutes when a penalty was awarded to Doncaster following a handball from Peter Clarke, Michael McIndoe stepped up and dispatched the spot kick with ease. A goal out of nowhere.

Lewis Guy was lucky to avoid a second booking and a subsequent sending off after a late tackle on captain Peter Clarke. The lack of booking was to be a trend throughout the match with referee Joslin making numerous errors.

Neil Wood had a chance to regain the lead for the Seasiders and open his account for the Pool, a shot from the Coventry player narrowly missed after good play from Parker and Murphy.

Then it all went crazy, two goals in a minute, it was amazing that Glad All Over was ready to play again.

n excellent free-kick from a foul on Keigan Parker, was taken by the returning loanee player Rory Prendergast, it found Ian Morris who rose the highest to head in from a late run at the far post. With the lead regained a third was added two minutes later.

Murphy nodded on from a long ball to find Keigan Parker who smashed in from 12-yards to give the Seasiders a two goal advantage at the half-time, a lead that the was well deserved.

Second Half

oncaster made a change at halftime, the giant experienced Leo Fortune-West replaced Paul Heffernan, a straight swap.

The tie was then put out of reach with a fourth goal, a corner from the impressive Rory Prendergast found its way back to him, an exchange of passes with Wilcox found Parker who fired shot which Peter Clarke managed to tap in to make it 4-1 to the home side.

Moments later Parker had the chance to get his second goal of the match but was denied due to a great save from Blayney following a volley from the angle of the 18-yard box.

Lewis Guy received a less than friendly reception when he was substituted for Mulligan on 56 minutes. Doncaster’s changes made no difference for the fortunes of the Yorkshire side with the Seasiders creating more chances, for Murphy and Morris.

With the score at 4-1 the game died somewhat, a situation that the Seasiders haven’t found themselves in too often this season, but a position that they’ll want to find themselves in again.

Marc Joseph was given a terrific reception by the home crowd as he was substituted for Danny Warrender. At the same time Sean Thornton was introduced for Doncaster replacing McDaid.

Keigan Parker also received a rousing round of applause for his performance as he was substituted, giving the first glimpse of loanee Kuqi.

Within moments of coming on Kuqi had a chance to make an impact on his debut, the Finnish striker found himself clear on goal with only Blayney to beat but his shot rose just over the bar and into the North Stand.

The final substitution of the night saw Gobern replace Ian Morris. The next announcement over the tannoy was the sponsor’s man-of-the-match which was deservedly awarded to Rory Prendergast.

Unfortunately Doncaster managed to gain another conciliation goal, Leo Fortune-West crossed for Ross McCormack who nodded in to make the score line look a bit more respectable.


This win moves the Seasiders out of the relegation zone for the first time this year, swapping places with last Saturday’s opponents Bristol City.

Along with a dire Doncaster side a factor in tonight win must have been the influx of recent signing, obviously bring in fresh talent and a desire to succeed helped with a win which can only be matched with the win against Scunthorpe early this season.

Many positives can be taken out of this win, the return of Rory Prendergast with a performance which showed why he was signed for the Seasiders in the first place. We are now unbeaten in three home games and the introduction of Bean and Kuqi into the team, it’s starting to look all good at the Seaside.

Blackpool: L Jones, M Joseph (75 D Warrender) , P Clarke, T Butler, J Wilcox, I Morris (85 L Gobern) , M Bean, N Wood, R Prendergast, J Murphy, K Parker (81 N Kuqi)

Subs: L Pogliacomi, D Warrender, K Southern, L Gobern, N Kuqi

Doncaster A Blayney, N Fenton, M Albrighton, G Lee, S McDaid (76 S Thornton) , L Guy (56 D Mulligan) , P Green, R Ravenhill, M McIndoe, P Heffernan (45 L Fortune-West) , R McCormack

Subs: S Thornton, L Fortune-West, T Nielsen, D Mulligan, A Griffiths

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Date:Tuesday January 24 2006
Time: 9:35PM

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