Gillingham 2-0 Blackpool: Former Rovers striker on form as Blackpool lose away

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Former Blackburn striker Dominic Samuel bagged a brace for Gillingham as Blackpool lose 2-0 away. 

The Gills’ newest signing didn’t take long to adapt to his new side, scoring in the opening minutes of each half capitalising on two slow starts by Neil Critchley’s side. 

Both teams came into the game on three points from their opening two fixtures, with the Seasiders trying to maintain their momentum naming an unchanged side that won against Swindon last week. 

The action didn’t take long at Priestfield Stadium, as Gillingham took the lead three minutes in. A dangerous corner troubled the Blackpool defence leaving Samuel to score from close range.  

The visitor’s first chance came five minutes later, Jack Bonham saving at his bottom corner, after Keshi Anderson’s deflected pass headed towards the goal. 

The home side could have added to their lead in the first half, but former seasider Jacob Mellis blazed an effort over the bar from outside the box. 

After a rocky start, Critchley’s side started to ease into the game as they created their biggest chance of the half, Jerry Yates’ powerful long-range strike forced Bonham into another save. 

Despite having a larger share of the ball, the Seasiders went into the break a goal down. 

The Gills doubled their lead five minutes into the second half following another slow start by Pool. Vadaine Oliver managed to pick out Samuel in space, who’s shot found the bottom corner. 

In the 67th minute, the Seasiders started showing glimpses of the football they’re capable of, as Yates just failed to capitalise on a wonderful ball across the box by Demetri Mitchell. 

Just eight minutes later, Blackpool were close once more to getting a goal back, as substitute Sullay Kaikai had a curling effort saved at the bottom corner. 

Kaikai caused more problems for Gillingham late on, a brilliant cross by Yates found the winger as his powerful strike was just wide. 

Blackpool’s final and closest opportunity came in the final minutes of the game, a brilliant free kick from Mitchell was whipped into the bottom corner but was met by a great save. 

Although the Seasiders gave the hosts a late scare, it wasn’t enough, as Gillingham walked out victors. 

Blackpool Line-up – Maxwell, Turton, Ekpiteta, Nottingham (Husband 54’), Mitchell, Robson, Ward, Anderson (Madine 73’), Hamilton, Lubala (Kaikai 63’), Yates