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📝 Report: Blackpool 3-1 Bristol City

A clinical display from Blackpool saw the Robins fall to a 3-1 defeat at Bloomfield Road.

🧐 BACKGROUND

Manager Nigel Pearson opted for an unchanged XI that started against Preston North End last weekend, with Timm Klose again starting at the heart of the defence for the Robins.

Harvey Wiles-Richards and Sam Bell came onto the bench in place of Dan Bentley and Robbie Cundy respectively.

✍️ WHAT HAPPENED?

It was a fast start from both sides, with the Tangerines hitting City on the counter with Josh Bowler who forcing Max O’Leary into a smart stop down to his right.

Bowler dribbled into the box moments later, but Klose was on hand to prevent the wide man getting his shot off.

In the 13th minute Dasilva played an excellent ball forward to Semenyo, who saw his powerful shot well saved by Dan Grimshaw.

Klose was there again to block a ball coming into the Robins’ box as CJ Hamilton tried to find a teammate with his low cross from the left. 

The Robins tried to spark into life as Callum O’Dowda sprayed the ball to Jay Dasilva on the right wing, who in turn played a delicate ball into the path of Andreas Weimann with his first touch but City’s top goalscorer couldn't get his shot away under pressure from Richard Keogh.

Han-Noah Massengo then won the ball high up the pitch before driving into the box from the left, but he failed to pick out Weimann as the ball went out for a goal kick.

In the 36th minute the hosts were ahead as CJ Hamiliton lashed the ball home after Jerry Yates had headed the ball back across the face of goal.

Just minutes later the Tangerines doubled their lead as Gary Madine was on hand head to past O'Leary from a set-piece.

O’Dowda then hit the top of the bar after he jinked his way his way down the left to find some space to hoist the ball into the box.

⏱ HALF-TIME

The hosts made it 3-0 just minutes into the second half as Josh Bowler brought down a cross field ball from the left, then cut inside and slotted past O’Leary.

Dasilva whipped a great ball into the feet of Alex Scott from the left but the youngster shot couldn’t find the back of the net after he cut inside in on his right foot. 

The full-back drove forwards once more, eventually playing the ball to Chris Martin who then fed the ball to Semenyo. However, the forward's best effort could only find the side netting.

Substitute Joe Williams fired a free-kick from the edge of the area, which Grimshaw comfortably saved before Semenyo rifled a shot over the bar.

Nahki Wells was introduced with 20 minutes to play and the forward pulled a goal back for the Robins with minutes left on the clock, tucking home from close range after Dasilva picked him out in the six-yard box.

🏃‍♂️TEAM

O'Leary, Kalas, Klose, Pring, Dasilva, Scott, Massengo, O'Dowda (Williams 46'), Weimann (C) (Wells 73'), Martin, Semenyo. Subs (not used): Wiles-Richards, Vyner, Benarous, Bell, Conway.


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The Robins' next home game sees Reading visit Ashton Gate in their Sky Bet Championship fixture on Wednesday, February 9th (7:45pm). 

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