The FA Cup - Fourth Round
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Blackburn Rovers 2-0 Blackpool

Blackburn reached the fifth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory over 10-man Blackpool at Ewood Park.

A Sam Gallagher header and a long-range Elliott Bennett strike had Rovers in control by the interval before the second-half dismissal of Kelvin Mellor ended Blackpool's hopes of a fightback.

League Two Blackpool, managed by former Rovers boss Gary Bowyer, saw Tom Aldred's header ruled out for offside.

Will Aimson also hit the bar as the visitors exited with a valiant display.

There were protests outside at Ewood Park before kick-off, with fans of both sides uniting to voice dissatisfaction with their respective owners.

Tennis balls - a method of protest often deployed by Blackpool fans - were thrown on to the pitch from outside the stadium, but there was no disruption to play.

Rovers, currently second-bottom of the Championship, went ahead when Jason Lowe's cross into the area was met by the head of Gallagher for his 10th goal of the season.

The lead was doubled in superb style by Bennett, who collected the ball from Lowe and played a one-two with Craig Conway before lashing in an unstoppable effort from outside the area.

Rovers have now prevailed in all three FA Cup meetings with Blackpool. Their previous meetings - also in the fourth round - came in 1925 and 1960.

Line-ups

Blackburn

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Steele
  • 24Nyambe
  • 3Greer
  • 26Lenihan
  • 5Williams
  • 31Bennett
  • 6Lowe
  • 21AkpanSubstituted forGuthrieat 67'minutes
  • 32Conway
  • 12GrahamSubstituted forMahoneyat 72'minutes
  • 19Gallagher

Substitutes

  • 9Stokes
  • 23Guthrie
  • 27Tomlinson
  • 28Mahoney
  • 30Brown
  • 33Raya
  • 42Travis

Blackpool

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Slocombe
  • 6Aimson
  • 15Aldred
  • 5Robertson
  • 2MellorBooked at 65mins
  • 28PayneSubstituted forYeatesat 63'minutes
  • 4McAlisterBooked at 59mins
  • 22Pugh
  • 3Taylor
  • 21Osayi-SamuelSubstituted forMattat 55'minutes
  • 9CullenSubstituted forOdelusiat 55'minutes

Substitutes

  • 16Nolan
  • 17Yeates
  • 18Philliskirk
  • 19Matt
  • 23Daniel
  • 27Lyness
  • 29Odelusi
Referee:
Peter Bankes
Attendance:
9,327

Match Stats

Home TeamBlackburnAway TeamBlackpool
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home8
Away7
Shots on Target
Home5
Away1
Corners
Home4
Away4
Fouls
Home8
Away10

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

    Foul by Elliott Bennett (Blackburn Rovers).

  4. Post update

    Sanmi Odelusi (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  5. Post update

    Darragh Lenihan (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Blackpool).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tom Aldred.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Sam Gallagher (Blackburn Rovers).

  9. Post update

    Tom Aldred (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Will Aimson (Blackpool).

  12. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Sam Slocombe.

  13. Post update

    Attempt saved. Derrick Williams (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Andy Taylor.

  16. Post update

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

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Sanmi Odelusi (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamille Matt (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high following a corner.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Darragh Lenihan.

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