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10 March 2020 Venue Bloomfield Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Blackpool

9 March 2020

Setting the scene…

Tranmere Rovers will aim for a third Sky Bet League One win in a row on Tuesday night when they visit Bloomfield Road to play Blackpool, kick-off 7:45pm.

Micky Mellon’s men earned a second straight victory away at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, with James Vaughan and Mark Ellis on target in the 2-1 triumph.

The result sees Rovers move six points from safety with two games in hand ahead of the trip to Bloomfield Road, where Neil Critchley’s Seasiders await.

Critchley’s time as boss began with Saturday’s goalless draw at neighbours Fleetwood Town.

Team news

Midfielder Neil Danns will be assessed after having been caught by a challenge in Saturday’s triumph at Accrington.

Mellon has no other fresh injury doubts aside from Morgan Feeney remaining back with parent club Everton as he recovers from his hamstring injury.

One to watch

Forward Armand Gnanduillet leads Blackpool’s goal scoring charts after a prolific opening four months of the season for the Tangerines.

The Frenchman helped Blackpool clinch promotion from the Sky Bet League Two Play-Offs in May 2017.

He started his career with Le Harve and Poissy before signing for Chesterfield in January 2013.

Gnanduillet made 82 appearances for the Spireites either side of loans at Tranmere, Oxford United and Stevenage before moving permanently to Leyton Orient prior to switching to Blackpool in 2016.

The 28-year-old is in his second stint at the club, after a spell with Baroka in South Africa.

He has scored 18 times for the Fylde Coast outfit this term.

Match officials

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge

Assistant referees: Barry Gordon and Oliver Mackey
Fourth Official: Conor Brown

Tickets

Rovers supports can pay on the day tomorrow night if they wish to do so.

Ticket prices:

Adult price - £19

Senior (65+) - £17

Young Person - £17

Juniors (12-16) - £9

Juniors (5-11) - £4

Juniors U5 - Free

Official Club coach travel will  depart Prenton Park at 4:45pm for this fixture.

Past meetings

The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Prenton Pack in December, with Morgan Ferrier’s strike ensuring a point for the hosts.

Match coverage

If you won’t be a part of the SWA heading to Bloomfield Road this Tuesday, then an iFollow audio match pass costing just £2.50 is the perfect alternative.

TRFC Radio’s commentary team of Phill Wilkinson, Rob Edwards and Adam Siddorn will talk you through all of the action, with the show now an hour long which includes pre-match interviews.

iFollow Tranmere is the only place you can listen to devoted TRFC coverage and if you sign-up, you can watch exclusive behind the scenes content, interviews and match highlights.

An audio match pass on iFollow costs just £2.50! To sign-up, CLICK HERE.

Alternatively, you can follow the action through our social media channels below, with full text coverage during the fixture, followed by a match report.

Twitter: @TranmereRovers

Facebook: @trfcofficial

Instagram: @tranmererovers

TikTok: @tranmererovers

Did you know?

During three years as a player at Bloomfield Road between 1994-1997, Rovers boss Mellon made 138 appearances in a Blackpool shirt and won the club’s Player of the Year in 1996. ​

 

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Match Reports

Blackpool 1-2 Tranmere

10 March 2020

Goals from Morgan Ferrier and James Vaughan earned Tranmere Rovers a third straight win in Sky Bet League One by battling to a 2-1 victory away at Blackpool on Tuesday night.

Rovers scored twice in the closing six-minutes of the first-half, through Ferrier’s header and Vaughan’s third goal in four games.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall pulled one back for Blackpool with an unstoppable curled strike from range 13 minutes after half-time.

But despite mounting pressure, Tranmere battled to three points at Bloomfield Road in front of a healthy SWA following of 936.

Manager Micky Mellon made four changes from the side that won at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, with Manny Monthe, Woods, David Perkins and Ferrier coming into the starting line-up.

It was Neil Critchley’s hosts who carved out the first opening at goal with the contest four minutes old.

Joe Nuttall latched onto Connor Ronan’s lofted pass to burst into the penalty box, and his resulting shot was saved by Scott Davies.

Rovers went close soon after, with Kieron Morris’ driving run ending as he struck low, with the ball going just wide of Chris Maxwell’s bottom right-post.

Morris’ free-kick from the left found Mark Ellis at the back post, who fired across the box for Peter Clarke to shoot from close-range, which Pool defender James Husband threw himself in the way of.

Mellon’s men created another opportunity through a Morris set-piece on 20 minutes. His left-footed kick was punched away by Maxwell, only to find Ferrier, though his volley went over the crossbar.

Up the other end, Nathan Delfouneso’s looping header following Taylor Moore’s cross clipped the top of Davies’ crossbar.

Davies was called into action midway through the half, holding onto Delfouneso’s attempt from distance.

Rovers were in front on 38 minutes when Woods’ cross from the left was met by Ferrier’s glancing header beating Maxwell’s drive to find the bottom left corner.

Searching for a leveller, Moore’s attempt was valiantly charged down by the industrious Alex Woodyard, as Rovers were forced to defend.

Tranmere doubled their advantage in first-half stoppage-time. Ferrier turned provider when he fed Vaughan, to drive right-footed past Maxwell which hit the base of the bottom left-post before crossing the line.

With Blackpool pushing for a route back into the contest, Moore’s cross was well cleared by Clarke while Kane Wilson did well to block Calum MacDonald’s shot.

But Critchley’s Seasiders halved the deficit after 58 minutes when Dewsbury-Hall got past David Perkins and bent left-footed from 25-yards which found Davies’ bottom left-corner.

Davies was on hand to keep Rovers’ lead a minute later, dropping down to his left to superbly tip Ronan’s effort from long-range onto the post, with Armand Gnanduillet unable to convert the loose ball.

Mellon made his first change on the hour, when Corey Blackett-Taylor was brought on for Woods.

Rovers found themselves coming under significant pressure in the closing 20 minutes of action, with Davies claiming Moore’s header at the back post comfortably.

With the clock ticking down to its final 15 minutes, Monthe had to stand firm and block Liam Feeney’s back post volley.

Blackett-Taylor broke at pace, sending the ball forward into Vaughan’s path, with the striker being brought down by centre-back Ben Heneghan but referee Sebastian Stockbridge blew for a Blackpool free-kick.

Vaughan was substituted for Connor Jennings to come on in the closing eight minutes.

Feeney then wasted a great chance to equalise when he shot high over the crossbar.

Blackett-Taylor’s speed was causing Blackpool’s defence issues, and having twisted and turned in the box, his attempt was blocked for a corner.

Tranmere were indebted to Davies as he saved from Feeney and Husband late on, with the visitors confidently seeing out injury-time.

The win on the Fylde Coast means Rovers are just three points from safety with a game in hand.

Rovers return home to Prenton Park on Saturday afternoon when the welcome Lincoln City, kick-off 3pm.

TRFC: Davies ©, Wilson, Ellis, Clarke, Monthe, Woods (Blackett-Taylor 60), Woodyard, Perkins, Morris, Ferrier, Vaughan (Jennings 82)

Subs not used: Pilling, Ridehalgh, McCullough, Banks, Cook

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Ticket News

Discounted ticket offer for Blackpool

5 March 2020

Blackpool FC have announced a discounted ticket offer for our fixture at Bloomfield Road on Tuesday 10th March.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase their own ticket plus up to three more for a discounted price. This offer applies to in store purchases only.

Season ticket holders who have already purchased their tickets can gain a refund and be able to buy back their tickets at a reduced price.

Supporters will have until Monday 9th March at 12pm to get a refund or purchase their tickets.

Ticket prices:

Adult price - £19

Season card holder - £14

 

Senior (65+) - £17

Season card holder - £12

 

Young Person - £17

Season card holder - £12

 

Juniors (12-16) - £9

Season card holder - £5

 

Juniors (5-11) - £4

Season card holder - £1

 

Juniors U5 - Free

Season card holders - Free

 

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