Blackburn’s slump continued on Saturday as Henning Berg’s men suffered yet another defeat to local rivals Blackpool.
A goal in each half ensured Blackpool manager Michael Appleton left Bloomfield Road with his first home win since taking over as Ian Holloway’s successor.
Rovers started the brighter of the two teams but squandered several chances before Blackpool’s Wes Thomas put the home side in front after 20 minutes.
Kirk Broadfoot doubled the Seasiders lead with 81 minutes on the clock, putting the game to rest as Blackburn’s poor form continued.
Henning Berg surprised many Rovers fans by dropping former England number one Paul Robinson and giving Jake Kean his first league start of the season.
Three other changes were also made following Blackburn’s humiliating 4-1 home defeat to Cardiff as Gael Givet, Colin Kazim-Richards and Vukcevic were all recalled. And it was the latter two who combined in the opening minutes to create Blackburn’s first chance of the game. Kazim-Ricahrds’ long throw into the penalty area surprised the Blackpool defence and the ball fell kindly to Vukcevic but the midfielder failed to hit the target from the edge of the area.
Rovers continued to dominate and when Kazim-Richards crossed from the right Jordan Rhodes looked set to find the back of the net but for a last ditch tackle courtesy of Craig Cathcart.
Moments later Matt Gilks had to be at his absolute best to keep Rovers at bay. First Jordan Rhodes latched onto Gael Givet’s fortunate clearance but blasted his shot straight at the keeper. Rhodes then picked up the rebound and found Vukcevic, whose venomous strike forced Gilks into another fine low save, his second in a matter of seconds.
Against the run of play Blackpool took the lead. On loan striker Nathan Delfouneso crossed from the left for Thomas to head home his second goal in four games with the assistance of some woeful Blackburn defending.
Dickson Etuhu then wasted another Rovers chance firing an effort wide of the mark after Blackpool had failed to clear a corner.
Blackpool nearly doubled their lead through Tiago Gomes, the midfielder’s cute free-kick nearly beat rookie goalkeeper Jake Kean at his near post.
The inspiring Tom Ince jived his way past several challenges before firing an effort into the side netting via a Scott Dann deflection.
With the interval looming Rovers came close to levelling the scores. Martin Olsson crossed from the left and eventually the ball fell to Vukcevic whose shot on the turn hit the foot of the post.
Blackpool started the second half the better of the two teams with Tom Ince proving to be Blackpool’s biggest threat. The sought after wonder kid broke free of the Rovers defence but could not find a way past the resilient Jake Kean, who saved well down to his right.
Rovers offered little attacking presence in the second half and it was no surprise when Blackpool doubled their lead with 80 minutes on the clock. Gomes crossed from the right and Broadfoot thundered a header home to wrap up all three points.
The goal seemed to galvanise Rovers, first Josh King forced Gilks into a low save and then Rovers, wrongly, had a goal disallowed as Givet found himself in the Blackpool box only for his stabbed effort to be ruled out for offside when replays suggested the defender’s effort should have stood.
Before the game ended there was even time for Scott Dann to drop a clanger, heading against his own post as Kean looked to claim the ball.
The win moves Blackpool three points and four places above Blackburn as Bergs men slump further down the league into 15th position. If Berg was not feeling the pressure prior to the game then there is no doubt he will be now, Rovers are a team in crisis, on and off the field.
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