Date: 31st January 2016 at 5:42pm
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Blackpool extended their unbeaten run to four games after picking up an impressive three points against promotion hopefuls Gillingham.

Hayden White and Jim McAlister missed the fixture through illness which meant Danny Philliskirk was shifted out to right wing, Mark Cullen started up top and Emmerson Boyce came in at right back.

Despite weather conditions having an impact on early proceedings, Pool were able to deal with the heavy hail and created the first chance when Redshaw rolled an effort just wide from distance.

Gillingham failed to create much going forward and their best opportunity came from a Luke Norris free kick which flew over.

The game came into life towards the end of the half however. Mark Yeates had a free kick well saved by Stuart Nelson before the winger was involved again, drawing a foul in traffic from Ehmer in the penalty area with the referee pointing to the spot.

Jack Redshaw has been brilliant from the spot this season and made no error again, firing the ball low into the bottom left.

Half Time Blackpool 1 Gillingham 0

The Seasiders had another penalty shout just after half time when Nelson appeared to foul Philliskirk but the referee said no.

Mark Cullen has been guilty of missing some key chances this season and he again should have added to his goal tally when Yeates’ corner fell to him in front of goal but after controlling it he could only poke the ball wide from very close range.

Tom Aldred has been a very important part of this Blackpool team this season and he made another fantastic defensive block, this time clearing Ehmer’s shot off the line, something which was just as important as scoring a goal.

Redshaw could have added his second of the game after great work from Cullen down the right hand side resulted in him setting up Redshaw but he volleyed wide of the target.

The Gills were pushing for equaliser and Brennan Dickenson fired an effort wide but Pool managed to hang on for a brilliant three points.

Full Time Blackpool 1 Gillingham 0

It wasn’t the most exciting game nor was it the best performance from Pool but they deserved to win the game and defended brilliantly, successfully neutralising the Gills attacking threat.

This win pulls Pool further away from the relegation zone but the Tangerines now need to make sure they carry their form into the next few games against some of the teams around them.