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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

Formation 4-4-2

  • 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

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 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

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Blackpool 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Blackburn Rovers 1, Blackpool 1.

  3. Post update

    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.

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Post update

    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.

  6. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

  7. Post update

    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.

  8. Post update

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

  9. Post update

    Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers).

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

    Foul by Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers).

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Foul by Thomas Spurr (Blackburn Rovers).

  18. Post update

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers).

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

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1Derby32188664333162
2Middlesbrough32179649222760
3Bournemouth32178766353159
4Ipswich32169750321857
5Norwich32168862362656
6Watford321751063402356
7Brentford32174114943655
8Wolves3214994340351
9Nottm Forest321111105147444
10Blackburn321111104242044
11Leeds32118133440-641
12Sheff Wed32913102531-640
13Reading32117143646-1040
14Charlton3281593441-739
15Birmingham32912113646-1039
16Huddersfield32109134153-1239
17Cardiff32911123844-638
18Bolton32107154152-1137
19Fulham32106164455-1136
20Brighton32713123642-634
21Rotherham32713123246-1434
22Millwall32710152848-2031
23Wigan32510172845-1725
24Blackpool32410182861-3322
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