Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Blackpool 0.
Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool
Goals from David Dunn and Grant Hanley maintained Blackburn's play-off hopes and extended managerless Blackpool's winless run to 12 Championship games.
Veteran midfielder Dunn opened the scoring in the first half with a left-foot shot from the edge of the area.
Blackpool's Chris Basham forced home keeper Paul Robinson into a save while Stephen Dobbie also went close after a fine run and shot.
But Hanley sealed victory when he headed home a corner late on.
It was Rovers' first win in five matches and keeps them five points behind sixth-placed Reading, who enjoyed a 3-0 victory at Millwall.
Blackpool, who sacked boss Paul Ince in January, could have taken an early lead when an unmarked Isaiah Osbourne headed over the bar, and they were made to pay for that missed chance when Dunn picked up the ball 30 yards out and advanced forward before firing home.
Basham's 30-yard effort caused Robinson a nervous moment while striker Steve Davies found the side-netting for the Seasiders after spinning in the area.
But the hosts had further chances, both Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede trying their luck with headers, and it was no surprise when Rovers doubled their lead.
Moments after Blackpool substitute Dobbie had jinked into the area and seen a left-footed shot deflected over the bar, Hanley headed Craig Conway's corner into the ground and over Matt Gilks to seal all three points.
Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer said:
"It was important that we turned our performances into wins and we're delighted that we've done that.
"I thought it was a very professional job today. Barry Ferguson's got them fighting for their lives and it took a bit of brilliance from David Dunn to unlock them but we felt we should have been more up with the possession we had in the first half, been more clinical but in terms of the performance, very professional."
Blackpool interim-player manager Barry Ferguson said:
"I sat down in the dressing room and I said to the players, 'if you look through our squad and you add Ricardo Fuller and Jack Robinson to that, I'd take that squad over anybody's'.
"All they need is a bit of belief and I need to spend a bit of time with them.
"I think it's a quality squad and I think it's good enough without a doubt, and they need to believe in that. I wouldn't be sat here if I wasn't confident that I could do it."
- 3SpurrBooked at 48mins
- 19TaylorSubstituted forKingat 70'minutesSubstituted forOlssonat 90'minutes
- 8DunnSubstituted forConwayat 69'minutes
- 14HallidaySubstituted forKeoghat 61'minutes
- 18OsbourneBooked at 30mins
- 4PerkinsSubstituted forDobbieat 61'minutes
- 9DaviesBooked at 54mins
- 17BashamSubstituted forTysonat 81'minutes
- 31Martínez Cervera
- Michael Naylor
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Blackpool 0.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.
Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Dangerous play by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).
Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.
Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson replaces Joshua King because of an injury.
Offside, Blackpool. Andrew Keogh tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.
Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).
Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).
Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.
Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).
Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Goal! Blackburn Rovers 2, Blackpool 0. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the top left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Faris Haroun.
Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.
Attempt blocked. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.