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Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Blackpool

Grant Hall
Grant Hall played under Lee Clark on loan at Birmingham earlier this season

Bottom-of-the-table Blackpool picked up a point at Blackburn thanks to Grant Hall's first-half equaliser.

The hosts broke the deadlock early in the first half when Jordan Rhodes latched onto Craig Conway's cross.

But the Seasiders were level before the break when Hall calmly headed past Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele.

Blackburn hit the woodwork twice through Rudy Gestede, while Joe Lewis parried away a volleyed effort from Rhodes in the closing stages.

The draw gave Blackpool just their sixth away point in the Championship this season.

Blackburn, meanwhile, drew for the second time since their FA Cup fifth-round win over Premier League side Stoke City.

It looked like being a comfortable afternoon for Rovers when they took their early lead, Conway drilling a left-wing cross for the unmarked Rhodes to notch his 12th goal of the season.

The hosts could have doubled their advantage minutes later when Matt Kilgallon combined with Tommy Spurr but the former's volley was miscued.

Hall managed to level for Blackpool before half-time, heading home Jamie O'Hara's rebounded free-kick.

The visitors could have gone 2-1 up after another O'Hara set-piece was tipped onto the post, before Hall fired the rebound wide.

Rovers continued to apply pressure after the break, with Gestede twice hitting the crossbar and Rhodes trying his luck with an overhead kick.

Despite further late chances for substitute Chris Brown and ex-Blackpool defender Alex Baptiste, the visitors held on to seal a rare away point.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"The number of chances we've created was excellent, it's just converting them.

"The game is sometimes very simple and today's assessment is that we weren't quite ruthless enough to convert the chances we've created."

Blackpool manager Lee Clark:

"I knew when I first walked through the door it was an extremely tough situation, I thought we can survive, I still believe we can.

"It's getting harder by the game but we've still got to keep fighting. What's encouraging is the players are still fighting, they aren't throwing in the towel and the supporters can see that.

"Things can happen that are absolutely outrageous and from now until the end of the season we could go on a ridiculous run of wins that do it for us.

"While there's the possibility of doing it we've got to hope we can."

Line-ups

Blackburn

  • 30Steele
  • 15Baptiste
  • 5Hanley
  • 4Kilgallon
  • 3Spurr
  • 10Cairney
  • 25Spearing
  • 29EvansSubstituted forTaylorat 45'minutesSubstituted forBrownat 80'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 11Rhodes
  • 39GestedeSubstituted forKingat 68'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7King
  • 9Brown
  • 13Eastwood
  • 14Olsson
  • 17Williamson
  • 19Taylor
  • 22Duffy

Blackpool

  • 1Lewis
  • 3MaherBooked at 16minsSubstituted forRothwellat 68'minutes
  • 6Clarke
  • 32Hall
  • 18Dunne
  • 4Perkins
  • 31O'Hara
  • 40CameronSubstituted forMcMahonat 53'minutes
  • 34TelfordSubstituted forDelfounesoat 60'minutes
  • 25Ferguson
  • 24Madine

Substitutes

  • 12Rothwell
  • 14Delfouneso
  • 20Oliver
  • 21Parish
  • 22Cubero Loria
  • 29McMahon
  • 43Osavi-Samuel
Referee:
Mick Russell
Attendance:
14,906

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home25
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away3
Corners
Home6
Away2
Fouls
Home10
Away12

Live Text

Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Blackpool 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Blackpool 1.

Attempt missed. Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Joshua King.

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Blackburn Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Thomas Spurr with a cross.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

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

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Chris Brown.

Attempt missed. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Craig Conway.

Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

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

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers).

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

Joe Rothwell (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

Gary Madine (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Chris Brown replaces Chris Taylor because of an injury.

Jay Spearing (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Grant Hall.

Attempt blocked. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joshua King.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Chris Taylor (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Jamie O'Hara.

Attempt blocked. Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Chris Taylor.

Attempt blocked. Peter Clarke (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Steele.

Attempt missed. Gary Madine (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by David Ferguson.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackpool. Joe Rothwell replaces Niall Maher because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Joshua King replaces Rudy Gestede.

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by Tom Cairney following a corner.

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Grant Hall.

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

Foul by Matthew Kilgallon (Blackburn Rovers).

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