Blackpool bidding to breach 80-point barrier for the first time in 14 years during final day clash against Bristol Rovers

Blackpool will be looking to breach the 80-point barrier for the first time in 14 years when they take on Bristol Rovers in their final game of the season tomorrow.

Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:45 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th May 2021, 5:50 pm

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Blackpool will be looking to breach the 80-point barrier for the first time in 14 years when they take on Bristol Rovers in their final game of the season tomorrow.

The Seasiders are already guaranteed of a play-off spot after beating Doncaster Rovers 2-0 on Tuesday night.

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That means little is at stake against Joey Barton’s already-relegated Bristol Rovers on Sunday, other than final league position which will determine who they face in the play-off semi-finals.

As it stands, the third-placed Seasiders will come up against sixth-placed Portsmouth, but that could all change on what promises to be a dramatic final day.

Like Blackpool, Sunderland and Lincoln City have already booked their place in the play-offs, but Pompey, Oxford United and Charlton Athletic will battle it out for the final spot.

Should Neil Critchley’s side finish the regular campaign with a fourth straight win, they will end the season on 80 points.

The Seasiders will be hoping to end their season with a fourth straight victory

The last time the Seasiders reached that points tally was in 2007, when Simon Grayson led the club to promotion to the Championship via the play-offs.

Pool ended the season on 83 points to also finish third, eventually sealing promotion via the League One play-offs after winning 10 games in a row.

The club reached 70 points when they sealed their famous promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in 2010, while they finished on 76 points two years later when they were beaten play-off finalists against West Ham.

The Seasiders finished on 70 points when they were promoted back to League One via the play-offs under Gary Bowyer in 2016/17.

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