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Blackpool player provides perfect response to midweek snub



Blackpool striker Armand Gnanduillet provided a clear reminder of his importance to Simon Grayson’s side popping up with a vital injury time winner against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat on Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old has enjoyed a productive start to the League 1 season having managed to register five goals in Blackpool’s opening nine matches so far this term, but with the Tangerines winless in their previous five games heading into Tuesday’s trip to Doncaster Grayson elected to drop Gnanduillet to the bench.

However, with the game goalless heading into the final fifteen minutes, Grayson brought on Gnanduillet for Ryan Hardie and the striker, who would have been eager to prove his manager’s decision to not start him wrong, managed to head home Liam Feeney’s dangerous cross following a fine swift counter-attack and secure all three points for Blackpool.

In truth, Blackpool produced more of a consistent and solid performance against Doncaster from the first minute than they had done in recent defeats against MK Dons and Coventry City, but they were still lacking someone to make the crucial difference in the final third until Gnanduillet came off the bench.

The 27-year-old has shown a marked improvement in front of goal from last season, with the striker scoring ten times in 43 appearances last term, but so far this campaign he has managed a goal every 138 minutes, which if replicated throughout the season would push him well into double figures.

Having a player capable of producing those sorts of numbers in front of goal will be crucial if Grayson is able to improve on Blackpool’s tenth place finish last season, with the Tangerines scoring just 50 goals in the league last term, which was the fewest of any side to finish in the divison’s top half, and even fewer than both Scunthorpe United and Plymouth Argyle who were relegated.

Gnanduillet’s impact from the bench against Doncaster will have reminded Blackpool supporters and more importantly Grayson of his potential to prove a match winner this term, and it would be little surprise to see him recalled to the starting line-up against local rivals Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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