Championship
BlackpoolBlackpool1BlackburnBlackburn Rovers2

Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn Rovers

Rudy Gestede and Donervon Daniels jump for a header
Gestede (left) scored nine goals in his final nine appearances of the 2013-14 season

Two goals from Rudy Gestede were enough for Blackburn to beat Lancashire rivals Blackpool in the Championship.

Gestede's first, a neat finish from inside the box, put Blackburn 1-0 up and he headed in Craig Conway's cross to double the lead after half-time.

Tomasz Cywka brought Blackpool back into the match, his tame shot squirming past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Robinson denied Nathan Delfouneso an equaliser with a fine save, while Corry Evans hit a post for the visitors.

Blackpool, who confirmed the signing of former Swindon striker Nile Ranger before kick-off, have lost all three matches they have played under new manager Jose Riga but they put in a display to suggest that they are slowly overcoming their pre-season struggles.

Rovers' run continues
Blackburn have not lost any of their last 14 matches in the Championship, an unbeaten run that stretches back to March.

The Belgian was able to name a full complement of substitutes for the first time this season and his side came close to an early lead when David Perkins shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Gestede put Rovers in front after 26 minutes, rounding off a move involving Tom Cairney and Conway, and then had another effort ruled out for offside.

Captain Grant Hanley missed the chance to double Blackburn's lead just before half-time, firing over from close range as the hosts failed to clear a corner.

Gestede's smart header made it 2-0 two minutes into the second period, but Blackpool found a way back into the contest when Cywka's tame left-footed shot found a way past Robinson.

Robinson then spilled Tony McMahon's curling shot and Ishmael Miller's follow-up was blocked, but the former England international redeemed himself with an excellent stop to prevent Delfouneso finding the net from 20 yards.

Blackpool boss Jose Riga:

"We showed fighting spirit and at times quality in that match. Spirit and mindset are important attributes but the play and the way we do things to create opportunities is huge. If we'd scored a second I don't think people could have complained.

"Physically we are not ready yet and we don't have enough players still, but the fans and the mentality of the players is good. Some players arrived only a couple of days ago and it's a difficult situation. I need more players but I need quality and that is important."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It's very important to get that first win of the season. We weren't fooled by all the talk of the size of Blackpool's squad or anything like that.

"We did well in the first half and played some nice football. And in the second we showed our resilience when Blackpool came back into the game, so we really showed all the sides to our game."

Line-ups

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 29McMahon
  • 3OriolBooked at 68mins
  • 6Clarke
  • 2Daniels
  • 8MellisSubstituted forZokoat 45'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 24Lundstram
  • 4PerkinsSubstituted forDaviesat 88'minutes
  • 17Miller
  • 7CywkaSubstituted forZenjovat 68'minutes
  • 14Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 9Davies
  • 13Zoko
  • 16Dielna
  • 18Dunne
  • 20Zenjov
  • 21Parish
  • 28Rentmeister

Blackburn

  • 1Robinson
  • 14OlssonBooked at 18mins
  • 5Hanley
  • 6Lowe
  • 15Baptiste
  • 32Conway
  • 29Evans
  • 10Cairney
  • 7KingSubstituted forMarshallat 84'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 39GestedeBooked at 85mins
  • 11RhodesSubstituted forWilliamsonat 76'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Dunn
  • 12Marshall
  • 13Eastwood
  • 16Varney
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 21O'Connell
Referee:
James Adcock
Attendance:
12,130

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackpoolAway TeamBlackburn
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home16
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackpool 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

  5. Post update

    Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

  7. Booking

    Francois Zoko (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

  9. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

  12. Booking

    Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Joan Oriol (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces David Perkins.

  15. Post update

    Offside, Blackpool. Joan Oriol tries a through ball, but Francois Zoko is caught offside.

  16. Booking

    Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Joshua King.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).