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  • 25 September 2010
  • • 15:00
  • • Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, Lancashire
  • Referee: M. Dean
  • • Attendance: 15901
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Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn Rovers: Brett Emerton grabs stoppage time winner to sink Tangerines

Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn Rovers: Brett Emerton grabs stoppage time winner to sink Tangerines

Rovers claim the spoils in Lancashire derby...

Blackburn Rovers collected their second win in 22 league meetings with Blackpool thanks to a  Charlie Adam own goal and a Brett Emerton strike late into extra time after Matthew Phillips had equalised for the hosts.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway stated that his team would now play the way they know by attacking their opponents after their defeat to Chelsea last week and that was evident right from the kick-off.

Neil Eardley ventured down the wing and crossed for Gary Taylor-Fletcher who shot instantly towards goal, only to see it deflected for a corner.

David Vaughan took the resulting corner and it was Ian Evatt who rose highest to header the ball at goal but former Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado was standing on the line to clear the ball to safety.

The game then opened up with both sides showing plenty of intent to go and get the first goal and after five minutes, it was the visitors that had the ball in the back of the net. Unfortunately for Blackburn however, the goal was disallowed for a foul on Matthew Gilks.

An outswinging corner from Morten Gamst Pedersen found a towering Chris Samba who neatly headed past Gilks but referee Mike Dean was quick to rule it out as Nikola Kalinic impeded the hosts’ goalkeeper.

The game continued to ebb and flow in an entertaining fashion and after Blackburn were denied the lead through a couple of promising half chances, they took the lead through an unexpected source.

El-Hadji Diouf did well down the flank and sent in a promising cross that found Blackpool captain Charlie Adam, who looked like he was going to clear the danger with ease. Instead, he attempted to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but his pass caught Gilks out and the ball found the back of the net in bizarre fashion.

The home side did not seem fazed by the own goal and went in search for a goal at Bloomfield Road for the 26th consecutive game.

After some neat work in the middle of the park from Taylor-Fletcher, he was brought down by Phil Jones 25 yards from goal.

Keen to make amends for his own goal, Adam stepped up to take the free kick and nearly got his side back in the game. A clean strike on goal clipped the head of Samba and looped inches over Paul Robinson’s cross bar.

The hosts continued to attack their opponents for a period without producing any real chances before Blackburn got a real foothold in the game and should have doubled their lead.

Gamst Pedersen received an inswinging cross to chest down for Kalinic who instantly struck the ball towards goal deep inside the penalty area. The ball appeared to be flying into the top left hand corner only for Gilks to make a superb save and tip it around the post for a corner.

Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce brought on Brett Emerton in replace of Mame Biram Diouf in the hope of securing all three points.

However, it was the home side that looked the more likely to score from the kick off.

Blackpool started to enjoy a good spell of possession and moments after looking like he would have to make way after going down awkwardly, Craig Cathcart nearly got on the scoresheet.

An Adam delivery lofted into the packed Blackburn penalty area was latched onto by Cathcart but his jump was mistimed and the resulting header flew wide of the goal.

Taylor-Fletcher then neatly set up Adam on the edge of the area and just as the captain was about to let fly, Jones made an outstanding last ditch block.

DJ Campbell’s low cross was then deflected towards the goal which wrong-footed the defence but an acrobatic clearance from Gael Givet cleared the danger.

The Seasiders continued to push for an equalising goal and in the hope of doing so, they were almost caught out on the break.

Diouf broke down the wing and ventured deep into Blackpool’s half before crossing for Jones whose header looked certain to put Rovers two up. But again Gilks denied the visitors with a splendid save.

Campbell was in the thick of the action again minutes later as his cross found Brett Ormerod at the far post but his shot could only find the side netting.

After a number of half chances for the visitors, the home side came within inches of drawing level.

Eardley sent in an inviting cross to the far post and again it was Adam who nearly made amends for his earlier blunder. Beating Salgado in the air, Adam directed his diving header across goal that looked destined to nestle into the side netting but flew agonisingly wide.

The lively Diouf again found himself in the opponents' penalty area moments later and after being forced wide his testing cross was comfortably dealt with by Gilks.

Ian Holloway then brought on Matt Phillips to replace Eardley and after only 20 seconds on the field, the super-sub grabbed a goal.

Phillips retrieved the ball out wide on the right flank and surged forward, attacking Givet as he advanced towards the Blackburn goal. Without an option in front of him, the substitute drove the ball toward the far post and neatly found the side netting,

Both sides then cautiously battled for a winner and after exchanging chances, it was Blackburn who grabbed it at the death.

Substitute Benjani Mwaruwari received the ball in the box and his shot was parried by Gilks but only to Emerton who managed to get enough on his shot to find the back of the net and claim all three points.


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