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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.
FULL-TIME Rovers 2 Blackpool 0.
SUB for Rovers as Josh King - who's not long been on - comes off injured for Markus Olsson. 90 mins. 2-0.
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.
GOAL 2-0 Rovers. Grant Hanley. 83 mins.
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.
SUBS for Blackpool as new loan signings Scott Dobbie and Andy Keogh come on for David Perkins and Andy Halliday. 61 mins. 1-0.
David Dunn free kick finds Grant Hanley but his header hits Kirk Broadfoot and goes narrowly wide. 60 mins. 1-0.
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.
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.
From the resulting Tom Cairney free kick, Grant Hanley heads over. 55 mins. 1-0.
BOOKED Steve Davies, the Blackpool striker punished for tripping Grant Hanley when he was bursting into the opposition half. 54 mins. 1-0.
Good run and cross by Jason Lowe but no Rovers player could get on the end of it. 52 mins. 1-0.
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.
Second half under way. No changes for either side.
Today’s attendance is 15,045 (including 1,591 visiting supporters).
HALF-TIME Rovers 1 Blackpool 0.
Two minutes of injury-time.
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.
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.
BOOKED Isaiah Osbourne sees yellow for a late tackle on goalscorer David Dunn. 30 mins. 1-0.
Good save Paul Robinson from a Steve Davies long range, swerving shot which skidded off the greasy surface. 26 mins. 1-0.
Wonderful goal David Dunn. He takes a pass from Tom Cairney, slips past his marker, advances, before firing left-footed into the corner.
GOAL 1-0 Rovers. David Dunn. 20 mins.
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.
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.
Fairly even start here at a freezing cold and rain-lashed Ewood Park. 10 mins. 0-0.
In-form Rudy Gestede - sporting a hell of a shiner - heads over a Chris Taylor cross. 3 mins. 0-0.
We are under way.
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.
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.
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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