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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool

David Dunn

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."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 2Kane
  • 3SpurrBooked at 48mins
  • 6Lowe
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 19TaylorSubstituted forKingat 70'minutesSubstituted forOlssonat 90'minutes
  • 8DunnSubstituted forConwayat 69'minutes
  • 39Gestede
  • 11Rhodes
  • 45Cairney

Substitutes

  • 7King
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 23Dabo
  • 24Morris
  • 31Mahoney
  • 32Conway

Blackpool

  • 1Gilks
  • 2McMahon
  • 14HallidaySubstituted forKeoghat 61'minutes
  • 20Cathcart
  • 5Mackenzie
  • 6Broadfoot
  • 18OsbourneBooked at 30mins
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forDobbieat 61'minutes
  • 9DaviesBooked at 54mins
  • 15Haroun
  • 17BashamSubstituted forTysonat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Tyson
  • 8Chopra
  • 13Warner
  • 23Eccleston
  • 24Keogh
  • 31Martínez Cervera
  • 33Dobbie
Referee:
Michael Naylor
Attendance:
15,045

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home53%
Away47%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home2
Away1
Corners
Home6
Away4
Fouls
Home9
Away18

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Blackpool 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 2, Blackpool 0.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Dangerous play by Faris Haroun (Blackpool).

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Markus Olsson replaces Joshua King because of an injury.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Andrew Keogh tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

  12. Post update

    Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Gary Mackenzie (Blackpool).

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left from a direct free kick.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Goal!

    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.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Faris Haroun.

  19. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Rhodes.

  20. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Craig Cathcart (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Leicester29213552282466
2QPR28168436201656
3Burnley281411342231953
4Derby29157757401752
5Nottm Forest271211443281547
6Reading29138847331447
7Ipswich29111084132943
8Blackburn2911993735242
9Brighton27101073023740
10Wigan2711793027340
11Leeds28116114137439
12Middlesbrough2991194135638
13Huddersfield2897123738-134
14Bournemouth2897123447-1334
15Blackpool2989122741-1433
16Watford2671093835331
17Sheff Wed2761293434030
18Birmingham2879123437-330
19Doncaster2978142644-1829
20Bolton28610123245-1328
21Millwall2868142854-2626
22Charlton2759132336-1324
23Barnsley2749142545-2021
24Yeovil2655162341-1820
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