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Blackpool 2-2 Blackburn Rovers

DJ Campbell

Steve Davies's late own-goal earned Blackburn a point against Blackpool as both sides were reduced to 10 men in a fiery Lancashire derby.

Tom Ince's early penalty was cancelled out by Jordan Rhodes's own spot-kick before Dan Gosling's long-range effort gave Blackpool a first-half lead.

The game was marred late on when Blackburn's DJ Campbell and Blackpool's Jack Robinson saw red after a melee.

Blackburn drew level in stoppage time when Davies headed Tom Cairney's cross.

A point for Gary Bowyer's side prevented them from falling to their third consecutive defeats.

And although the late equaliser denied Blackpool the win, they moved into fourth in the Championship table and extended their unbeaten run to six games.

The Seasiders took a deserved lead when Ricardo Fuller was pulled down in the box by Matt Kilgallon and Ince stepped up to coolly slot away a 13th-minute penalty for his sixth goal of the season.

Rovers drew level through top-scorer Rhodes with a penalty of their own on 21 minutes, coolly finishing after Robinson's handball for his 10th goal of the campaign.

Robinson nearly made amends for his error immediately but saw his 26th-minute header from Ince's cross cleared off the line by Scott Dann.

Against the run of play, Gosling handed the Tangerines back the lead when, six minutes before the break, his 25-yard effort found a way past Jake Kean into the bottom corner.

But the hosts improved after the break with Stephen Dobbie unlucky not to get on the scoresheet after his low 53rd minute effort from just outside the area fizzed inches past Kean's post.

Ince nearly made sure of the win with an 80th-minute volley after Campbell almost set up Tom Cairney.

But ex-Blackpool striker Campbell caused the 83rd-minute scrap between the two sides after going in for a heavy challenge on Seasiders goalkeeper Matthew Gilks.

Campbell and Robinson were sent off for their reactions before Davies made his unintended mark on the game.

Blackpool assistant manager Alex Rae:

"We're obviously extremely disappointed to lose the goal in the last minute as we had the game under control and restricted them to long-throws into the box.

"It's a local derby and we started really bright. Unfortunately we couldn't capitalise on it and we allowed them to get back into it.

"My initial reaction was it was a dangerous tackle from DJ (Campbell) and he went in two-footed and it was dangerous. It without a doubt felt like a loss - I'm frustrated and it's always a sore one to concede an own goal."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It had everything. I think in the end we're going away with a point we thoroughly deserved.

"You have to give them credit for how they responded - it's a bit of luck for the own goal but over the course of the game, it's a bit of luck we deserved.

"DJ was entitled to go for it but it's the reaction of the Blackpool players after that caused two players to be dismissed from the field. Gilks and DJ are mates so DJ is not going to hurt one of his mates - it's the reaction afterwards."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 17Basham
  • 3RobinsonBooked at 85mins
  • 31Martínez
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 11Ince
  • 4GoslingBooked at 37mins
  • 19FullerSubstituted forDaviesat 70'minutes
  • 15DobbieBooked at 68minsSubstituted forBarkhuizenat 72'minutes
  • 12Bishop

Substitutes

  • 7Tyson
  • 8Chopra
  • 9Davies
  • 10Grant
  • 13Warner
  • 24Zeegelaar
  • 27Barkhuizen

Blackburn

  • 34Kean
  • 2Kane
  • 3SpurrBooked at 12mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 16Dann
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 45Cairney
  • 17WilliamsonBooked at 76minsSubstituted forTaylorat 78'minutes
  • 11Rhodes
  • 25JudgeSubstituted forCampbellat 60'minutesBooked at 84mins
  • 7King

Substitutes

  • 9Best
  • 10Campbell
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 19Taylor
  • 21Marrow
  • 24Morris
Referee:
Paul Tierney
Attendance:
15,901

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home43%
Away57%
Shots
Home11
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Blackpool 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackpool 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Attempt saved. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Chris Basham.

Goal!

Own Goal by Steve Davies, Blackpool. Blackpool 2, Blackburn Rovers 2.

Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes with a headed pass.

Foul by Todd Kane (Blackburn Rovers).

Thomas Ince (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Booking

Leon Best (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Dismissal

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) is shown the red card for fighting.

Dismissal

DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the red card for fighting.

Foul by DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers).

Matthew Gilks (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match (Blackburn Rovers) for fighting.

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Tom Barkhuizen (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Kirk Broadfoot.

Attempt missed. Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

Attempt missed. Thomas Ince (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Taylor replaces Lee Williamson.

Booking

Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Lee Williamson (Blackburn Rovers).

Dan Gosling (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

Foul by Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers).

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Attempt missed. DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Lee Williamson.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Tom Barkhuizen replaces Stephen Dobbie.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces Ricardo Fuller.

Attempt saved. Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

Booking

Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Dobbie (Blackpool).

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Tom Cairney tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Foul by DJ Campbell (Blackburn Rovers).

Jack Robinson (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Scott Dann (Blackburn Rovers).

goal

As It Stood

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4Blackpool136611611524
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7Watford1263324141021
8Derby135442521419
9Huddersfield134541714317
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11Bournemouth135262027-717
12Blackburn134451916316
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14Middlesbrough133642321215
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16Brighton123541112-114
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22Yeovil13238919-109
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