Blackburn 1-1 Blackpool- Match Report
Report of match 29th March 2013
Blackburn 1-1 Blackpool- Match Report.
Rhodes rescues Rovers
Jordan Rhodes rescued a point for managerless Blackburn, who extended their winless run to nine matches with a 1-1 draw against Lancashire neighbours Blackpool.
Michael Appleton - who led the Seasiders to a 2-0 victory over Rovers in December before taking up the reins at Ewood Park a month later - was sacked last week to leave Gary Bowyer in caretaker charge, as he was following Henning Berg's similarly brief tenure earlier in the campaign.
Such chaos behind the scenes under controversial owners Venky's has been reflected by dismal performances on the field and on-loan MK Dons centre-back Gary MacKenzie gave Blackpool a 64th minute lead as Rovers once again failed to convince.
They looked set to rue earlier missed chances by David Jones and Josh King but Scotland international striker Rhodes secured a share of the spoils with his 24th npower Championship goal of the season.
Tom Ince and substitute Elliot Grandin came close to sealing the points for Paul Ince's men but both teams edged five points clear of the npower Championship relegation zone having shared very different ambitions at the start of the season.
Josh Morris made his full league debut for Blackburn at left-back as midfielder Lee Williamson and winger King returned to the first XI following injury lay-offs.
Blackpool handed Matt Derbyshire a start in attack against his former club at the expense of benched Aston Villa loanee Nathan Delfouneso, while Chris Basham made his first appearance since suffering a fractured cheekbone against Leicester last month.
Rovers captain Scott Dann was forced into an early last-ditch tackle to deny Derbyshire following some slick Blackpool interplay on the edge of the area.
At the other end Dann's centre-back partner Grant Hanley might have put the hosts ahead, dragging a shot wide after the Seasiders failed to clear David Dunn's 16th-minute corner.
Dunn then fizzed a 25-yarder over on the back of a driving run from King as Rovers threatened to shake their early lethargy.
Derbyshire spurned a chance when he rose highest to meet Ince's corner midway through the half, while Dunn was soon off target with another speculative attempt.
Matt Phillips flashed a long-range drive past the post with Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean scrambling in the 35th minute, while midfielders Dunn and Jones were unable to capitalise on judicious link-up play from Rhodes before half-time.
Rovers started the second half on the front foot and when a loose ball ran invitingly for Jones in the 54th minute he rounded Matt Gilks but fired over, off-balance and with defenders back in the goalmouth.
Moments later King fluffed a better opportunity from eight yards out, scuffing a volley from Todd Kane's cross from the right channel into the turf and beyond the crossbar.
As the hour approached, King deftly turned Barry Ferguson to surge forward from halfway on the counter attack - his failure to oblige when given time and space to shoot betrayed brittle confidence and Bowyer soon sent on Colin Kazim-Richards in his place.
By now Blackpool had successfully pushed Rovers back and Kean palmed away when Ludovic Sylvestre shot through a crowd of bodies.
It was therefore on the cards when MacKenzie reacted quickest to smuggle home at the near post after Kean touched Alex Baptiste's header from Ince's right-wing corner away from the goalmouth.
The equaliser came in the 79th minute with set-piece vulnerability on display once more - Kane heading across goal from Williamson's chip into the box after Pool failed to clear for Rhodes to nod home and end a six-game goal drought for club and country.
Blackpool came closest to stealing victory as Kean parried Ince's shot at the end of a menacing run and tipped over Grandin's header.
|Competition: npower Championship Kick Off: 15:00 Venue: Ewood Park Attendance: 17,764|
|1 - 1||Blackpool
|90+0||A cross is delivered by Josh Morris, save made by Matt Gilks.|
|90+0||Inswinging corner taken by Ludovic Sylvestre.|
|90+0||Elliot Grandin takes a shot. Save by Jake Kean.|
|89||Shot from long distance by Scott Dann goes wide of the left-hand upright.|
|89||The ball is crossed by Cameron Stewart, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.|
|87||Colin Kazim-Richards fouled by Alex Baptiste, the ref awards a free kick. Alex Baptiste booked for unsporting behaviour. Cameron Stewart is brought on as a substitute for David Dunn. Direct free kick taken by Josh Morris.|
|87||Nathan Delfouneso takes a shot. Scott Dann gets a block in.|
|85||Tom Ince takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean. Ludovic Sylvestre takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.|
|83||(Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Marko Futacs coming on for Matt Phillips. Elliot Grandin is brought on as a substitute for Chris Basham.|
|80||Leon Best produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.|
|78||Jordan Rhodes finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Blackburn 1-1 Blackpool.Todd Kane provided the assist for the goal.|
|78||Centre by Colin Kazim-Richards, clearance by Gary MacKenzie. Short corner taken by Colin Kazim-Richards.|
|77||Lee Williamson fouled by Ludovic Sylvestre, the ref awards a free kick. Josh Morris restarts play with the free kick.|
|71||Grant Hanley concedes a free kick for a foul on Tom Ince. Barry Ferguson takes the direct free kick. The referee blows for offside. Jake Kean takes the free kick.|
|69||Scott Dann gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Gary MacKenzie. Free kick taken by Matt Gilks. Leon Best comes on in place of David Jones.|
|66||Foul by Barry Ferguson on Josh Morris, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jason Lowe.|
|66||David Dunn takes a shot. Save made by Matt Gilks.|
|63||Corner taken by Tom Ince from the right by-line played to the near post, Gary MacKenzie grabs a goal from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Blackburn 0-1 Blackpool.Alex Baptiste provided the assist for the goal.|
|61||Colin Kazim-Richards is penalised for a handball. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Tom Ince from right wing, save made by Jake Kean.|
|60||Colin Kazim-Richards on for Joshua King.|
|60||Matt Phillips produces a cross, clearance by Grant Hanley.|
|60||Ludovic Sylvestre takes a shot. Save made by Jake Kean.|
|56||Nathan Delfouneso is brought on as a substitute for Matt Derbyshire.|
|55||Joshua King produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.|
|54||Shot on goal by David Jones from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.|
|52||Lee Williamson takes a shot. Blocked by Chris Basham.|
|51||A cross is delivered by Joshua King, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.|
|48||Effort from a long way out by Chris Basham goes wide right of the target.|
|48||Effort from long distance by Barry Ferguson goes wide right of the goal.|
|46||Lee Williamson takes a shot. Blocked by Gary MacKenzie.|
|42||David Jones produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.|
|41||Centre by Tom Ince, Grant Hanley makes a clearance.|
|41||Free kick awarded for a foul by Todd Kane on Tom Ince. Stephen Crainey restarts play with the free kick.|
|40||David Dunn takes a shot. Blocked by Gary MacKenzie.|
|39||Jordan Rhodes is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Gary MacKenzie takes the free kick.|
|37||David Dunn takes a shot. Gary MacKenzie gets a block in.|
|35||Barry Ferguson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jason Lowe. Direct free kick taken by Scott Dann.|
|34||Long distance effort from Matt Phillips misses to the left of the goal.|
|34||The ball is swung over by Todd Kane, save by Matt Gilks.|
|33||Alex Baptiste fouled by Joshua King, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Gilks takes the free kick.|
|32||Tom Ince fouled by Lee Williamson, the ref awards a free kick. Matt Phillips crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Jordan Rhodes.|
|28||Gary MacKenzie is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.|
|28||Jordan Rhodes takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a fantastic save.|
|26||The ball is delivered by Matt Derbyshire, save made by Jake Kean.|
|24||Effort from outside the penalty box by David Dunn goes wide right of the goal.|
|23||A cross is delivered by Chris Basham, Jake Kean makes a save.|
|21||Corner taken left-footed by Tom Ince, Matt Derbyshire produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.|
|20||Joshua King has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide right of the goal.|
|19||Matt Phillips takes a shot from just outside the penalty area clears the crossbar.|
|17||Effort by David Dunn from a long way out goes over the target.|
|15||Outswinging corner taken by David Dunn. Grant Hanley produces a right-footed shot from close range which goes wide of the left-hand post.|
|13||Chris Basham fouled by David Jones, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.|
|8||David Dunn takes a shot. Matt Gilks makes a save.|
|6||Matt Derbyshire takes a shot. Blocked by Grant Hanley.|
|3||Foul by David Jones on Matt Derbyshire, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Stephen Crainey.|