Matchday live: Blackburn Rovers v Blackpool

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  • WELCOME to Ewood Park for today's Championship clash between Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool. Follow all the action with our live matchday blog.

5:59pm

FULL-TIME Rovers 2 Blackpool 0.

4:47pm

SUB for Rovers as Josh King - who's not long been on - comes off injured for Markus Olsson. 90 mins. 2-0.

4:46pm

Craig Conway corner and captain Grant Hanley's downward header gets the better of Matthew Gilks. It's the centre-back's first goal of the season.

4:45pm

GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Grant Hanley. 83 mins.

4:26pm

SUBS for Rovers. Goalscorer David Dunn and Chris Taylor off, debutant Craig Conway and Josh King on. Looks like a change to 4-4-2. 70 mins. 1-0.

4:18pm

SUBS for Blackpool as new loan signings Scott Dobbie and Andy Keogh come on for David Perkins and Andy Halliday. 61 mins. 1-0.

4:17pm

David Dunn free kick finds Grant Hanley but his header hits Kirk Broadfoot and goes narrowly wide. 60 mins. 1-0.

4:13pm

Even better opportunity for Rovers. Chris Taylor releases Tommy Spurr down the left. His cross is a good one but Jordan Rhodes sends his near-post header wide. 56 mins. 1-0.

4:12pm

Chance for Blackpool. Isaiah Osbourne wins a 50-50 in the box and the ball breaks to Steve Davies who turns and side-foots into the side-netting. 55mins. 1-0.

4:11pm

From the resulting Tom Cairney free kick, Grant Hanley heads over. 55 mins. 1-0.

4:11pm

BOOKED Steve Davies, the Blackpool striker punished for tripping Grant Hanley when he was bursting into the opposition half. 54 mins. 1-0.

4:09pm

Good run and cross by Jason Lowe but no Rovers player could get on the end of it. 52 mins. 1-0.

4:04pm

BOOKED Tommy Spurr, the Rovers left-back for a late lunge on Craig Cathcart. Free kick Blackpool in a dangerous position. 48 mins. 1-0.

4:02pm

Second half under way. No changes for either side.

3:58pm

Today’s attendance is 15,045 (including 1,591 visiting supporters).

3:46pm

HALF-TIME Rovers 1 Blackpool 0.

3:44pm

Two minutes of injury-time.

3:37pm

Rovers on top but when they get to the edge of the area - which they have on countless occasions - they need to shoot more. 39 mins. 1-0.

3:35pm

Great running off the ball David Dunn, who is giving a masterclass. After collecting Tom Cairney's pass, his cross with the outside of his right foot is seemingly headed out of danger by Kirk Broadfoot - only for the clearance to hit Jordan Rhodes and drift just wide. 37 mins. 1-0.

3:29pm

BOOKED Isaiah Osbourne sees yellow for a late tackle on goalscorer David Dunn. 30 mins. 1-0.

3:25pm

Good save Paul Robinson from a Steve Davies long range, swerving shot which skidded off the greasy surface. 26 mins. 1-0.

3:24pm

Wonderful goal David Dunn. He takes a pass from Tom Cairney, slips past his marker, advances, before firing left-footed into the corner.

3:22pm

GOAL 1-0 Rovers. David Dunn. 20 mins.

3:14pm

Good pass from Tom Cairney sets Chris Taylor away on a lung-busting run which takes him to the edge of the area but, instead of shooting, he passes to Jordan Rhodes, who takes a touch before seeing a side-footed effort deflect high and wide. 15 mins. 0-0.

3:11pm

Terrible Rovers marking from an Andy Halliday free kick really should be punished but Isaiah Osbourne - totally unmarked 12 yards from goal - heads way over. 12 mins. 0-0.

3:08pm

Fairly even start here at a freezing cold and rain-lashed Ewood Park. 10 mins. 0-0.

3:01pm

In-form Rudy Gestede - sporting a hell of a shiner - heads over a Chris Taylor cross. 3 mins. 0-0.

2:59pm

We are under way.

2:53pm

Blackpool, without a win in 12 games and now under the command of former Rovers midfielder Barry Ferguson after Paul Ince’s sacking, make three changes to the team which started their 5-1 defeat at Reading on Tuesday.

Andy Halliday, the fit-again Gary MacKenzie and debutant Faris Haroun come in for the injured Jack Robinson and the benched Nathan Eccleston and Michael Chopra.

2:52pm

Rovers have made two enforced changes.

Right-back Adam Henley (Achilles) and Lee Williamson (concussion) are replaced in the starting line-up by Todd Kane and Chris Taylor.

Rovers, who go into the game five points off the play-off places in ninth, are able to name new signings Bryan Dabo and Craig Conway on the bench after their international clearance came through this morning.

Grant Hanley will captain the side after skipper Scott Dann was sold to Crystal Palace.

2:51pm

Good afternoon, here's a reminder of the teams...

Rovers: Robinson, Kane, Hanley, Kilgallon, Spurr, Taylor, Lowe, Cairney, Dunn, Rhodes, Gestede. Subs: Eastwood, King, Olsson, Dabo, Morris, Mahoney, Conway.

Blackpool: Gilks, McMahon, Broadfoot, MacKenzie, Cathcart, Osbourne, Perkins, Basham, Haroun, Halliday, Davies. Subs: Warner, Tyson, Chopra, Eccleston, Keogh, Martinez, Dobbie.

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6:07pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Not a convincing performance but a fair result against a poor Blackpool team. Todd Kane's Man of the Match award vindicates my criticism of GB for playing Henley ahead of him and we might have had 4 more points this week if he had played him sooner. If Kilgallon can keep up this level of composure it will make the disposal of Dann look a good piece of business but he will have to prove himself against stronger front lines than Blackpool. Hanley and Gestede were solid but Rhodes looks a little ineffective at the moment. I have to confess that I don't think that we would have put 3 past QPR today. We can still harbour outside hopes of the playoffs but with Wigan and Brighton having two games in hand, they do look more likely contenders. At least GB got his subs right today though I would have put King on for Taylor earlier. Still, two points closer to the Dingles and enough games to overtake them.
Not a convincing performance but a fair result against a poor Blackpool team. Todd Kane's Man of the Match award vindicates my criticism of GB for playing Henley ahead of him and we might have had 4 more points this week if he had played him sooner. If Kilgallon can keep up this level of composure it will make the disposal of Dann look a good piece of business but he will have to prove himself against stronger front lines than Blackpool. Hanley and Gestede were solid but Rhodes looks a little ineffective at the moment. I have to confess that I don't think that we would have put 3 past QPR today. We can still harbour outside hopes of the playoffs but with Wigan and Brighton having two games in hand, they do look more likely contenders. At least GB got his subs right today though I would have put King on for Taylor earlier. Still, two points closer to the Dingles and enough games to overtake them. Angry From Accrington

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