Blackpool 1 – 2 Blackburn

Blackburn Rovers got the bragging rights in this Lancashire Derby thanks to two goals from Rudy Gestede.

It was the Tangerines who dominated the early minutes of the game, this was shown as David Perkins picked up the ball at the edge of the box but his effort went just wide of the post. After the early pressure from Blackpool, Rovers started to dominate the game. Jordan Rhodes and Josh King both tested Blackpool keeper Joe Lewis but with no real harm. Blackburn did take the lead though from a magnificent fast brake from a Blackpool corner, the ball fell in the box to Gestede who made no mistake and slotted the ball past the helpless keeper. This meant that Blackburn went into half time 1-0 up.

Only two minutes into the second half and Rovers doubled their lead, the ball came to Craig Conway who put in a superb delivery to Rudy Gestede who headed the ball into the back of the net. Blackpool could of rolled over after this goal, but they didn’t they tried to fight there way back into the game. The Seasiders did get a goal back just six minutes after conceding, a Tomaz Cywka shot somehow got past Rover keeper Paul Robinson. It really was game on now! Blackpool then should have equalized as a Tony McMahon shot was squandered onto the cross bar by Robinson, the ball then fell to Ishmael Miller who seemed to have the goal at his mercy, but the striker failed to get the right contact. Corry Evans then nearly sealed the game but his shot deflected just wide. Blackpool forced Robinson into making some more saves but Rovers then saw out the remaining ten minutes fairly easily.

This result sees the Tangerines losing their first 3 competitive victories of the season, Rovers win sees them bounce back from the loss to Scunthorpe in mid-week. This was a very good win for Blackburn as Bloomfield Road can be a hard place to get a result.


Joe Lewis-  No chance with the goals, sound display. 6.0
Tony McMahon- Captain’s performance, got stuck in. 6.0
Donervan Daniels- Learning all the time, good display from the youngster. 6.5
Peter Clarke- Very solid display, marked Rhodes out the game. 7.0
Joan Oriol- Shaky defensively but good going forward. 6.0
David Perkins- Blackpool’s player of the game, everything went good was from him. 8.0
Jacob Mellis- Struggled being played out of position, subbed off at half time. 4.5
John Lundstram- Kept it simple, not a threat going forward. 6.0
Tomaz Cywka- Got his first goal for the club, was lively throughout. 6.5
Nathan Delfounso- Better performance when he was on the wing. 6.5
Ishmael Miller- Battled but short of match fitness. 5.5


Francois Zoko- Lively but faded towards the end. 6.0
Sergei Zenjov- Struggled to get into the game. 5.0
Steve Davies- Not enough time to make an impact. 5.0


Paul Robinson – Mistake for Blackpool’s goal and nearly gifted them a second. 5.0
Jordan Lowe- Tougher Second Half when up against Delfouneso. 6.5
Grant Hanley- Rock at the back, puts his head where it hurts for his team. 7.5
Alex Baptiste- Did superbly on his return to Bloomfield Road, dealt with the tricky Miller 7.0
Marcus Olsson- Booked early on, an average performance from the left back. 6.0
Tom Cairney- Does the simple things well, very good performance. 7.5
Corry Evans- Battled hard throughout. 7
Craig Conway- Fantastic delivery for the second goal, good performance. 7
Joshua King- Worked hard for his team, could tell he was up for the fight, sometimes wasted possession. 6.5
Jordan Rhodes- Very quiet afternoon for the prolific striker. 5
Rudy Gestede- The difference between the two sides, both goals were good finishes. 8.5


Lee Williamson- Helped Rovers see the game out. 5.0
Ben Marshall- Kept the ball in the corner fantastically. 5.0

Man of the Match

Rudy Gestede – The difference between the two teams. The striker got himself two goals and held up the ball magnificently, a fantastic performance.  8.5


About Author

Josh is a big Football fan . He aspires to be a football journalist and writes for the Blackpool Junior Gazette, Josh also loves Blackpool football club as they are his passion

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