A fantastic late show from the Tangerines gave the away side a perfect start to the new season.
Steven Davies` opener gave the Seasiders the lead after 17 minutes, a simple tap in from a rebound after a double save from Ross Turnbull gave the striker a debut goal for his new club. However when Doncaster captain Rob Jones headed home the equaliser the result somewhat looked in doubt.
The home side then pushed on for a second, but Pool managed to soak up all the pressure and pounced late on. In the 88th minute defender Gary Mackenzie headed in from a corner to put Blackpool in front. The defender moved to the club permanently this summer and is now well known for his ability to score as well as defend.
Doncaster then went in search of a second equaliser. Though they`re attempts to pull one back were not enough to get them back in the game.
In added time Doncaster keeper Ross Turnbull was caught out after entering the opposition`s box when they won a late corner. Pool then managed to break and star winger Thomas Ince fired the ball home from 40 yards into the empty net to give the away side a 3-1 lead.
Manager Paul Ince was pleased with the result: ‘It was a hard game but I thought we were worthy winners in the end`, ‘It put them back in the game when they equalised but my boys have got a great camaraderie about them and they never give up`.
The result will also please fans, who were not quite sure what to expect from the game. The starting 11 Ince picked definitely impressed, however it was still clear that some areas needed improving. With the transfer window still being open for a short while yet fans will hope that necessary additions to the squad are added before the window closes.
Though this was an important result for the team, many of us already had our sights set on another game. Monday`s derby against Preston North End is a huge fixture, hopefully Pool can continue their winning form and pick up the win when they go away from home.
Written by: Dan Bennett