MATCH ANALYSIS: Blackpool 1 Blackburn Rovers 2

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

THERE was a spell during the second half of Saturday’s full-blooded Lancashire derby at a raucous and blustery Bloomfield Road that Rovers were rocking and in danger of seeing their lead blown away.

Having been gifted a way back into a match that looked beyond them after Rudy Gestede plundered his second goal of the afternoon two minutes into a breathless second half, Blackpool had their tails up and their fans roaring.

Had they managed to notch an equaliser at that stage there is every chance that Rovers’ proud unbeaten league run would have come to an end.

Make no mistake, just two games into the new Championship season, this was a serious test of their mettle.

But thanks to good old fashioned bottle, an inspired substitution from their manager, unwavering support from the stands, and a sprinkling of fortune that all teams rely on when their backs are to the wall, it was a test that Rovers passed to record their first win of the campaign.

It was hard-fought win, there is no doubt about that, but a deserved one all the same.

And as strange as it sounds, given we’re just over a week into the new season, a needed win, too, given the events of midweek.

There is no question the optimism and positivity that is back at Ewood Park was dented, if only a little, by the manner of the Capital One Cup exit to Scunthorpe United.

It was a passionless performance totally out of keeping with the ethos Gary Bowyer has instilled at the club and the second string side who delivered it rightly came in for criticism.

Bowyer’s choice to make 10 changes for the tie was also questioned by supporters.

But there could be no complaints over the Rovers boss’s bold team selection on Saturday and it was his decision to replace Jordan Rhodes with Lee Williamson 14 minutes from time which helped his team see out the game and stretch their unbeaten league run to 14 matches.

In a division as unrelenting as the Championship that is a seriously impressive record.

But Bowyer will know it is a record which will be consigned to the history books sooner rather than later if Rovers continue to give needless goals away.

Whereas the strikes conceded in the 1-1 draw with Cardiff City, which opened the Football League campaign, and in the 1-0 defeat to Scunthorpe were down to switching off at set-pieces, Tomasz Cywka’s effort for Blackpool was a result of a comedy of errors involving Corry Evans, the otherwise outstanding Grant Hanley, and Paul Robinson, who endured a real Jekyll and Hyde afternoon.

For the next 21 minutes – before Williamson’s arrival – it was anyone’s game and only a fool would have taken their eye off it.

And only a fool would have believed that Pool were going to be anything less than competitive.

Yes their line-up contained 10 home debutants and yes it was the first time this season that they had been able to name a full substitutes’ bench this season after a shambolic summer.

But as Bowyer had warned beforehand their squad does not lack for quality or quantity and it was clear from the first whistle they were fired up.

Indeed the hosts edged the opening exchanges with David Perkins dragging wide from 20 yards after a loose pass from Evans prevented him with a shooting opportunity.

The visitors took their time to work their way into the contest but, after Rhodes saw a sharp turn and shot saved by Joe Lewis, they opening the scoring in the 26th minute courtesy of a razor-sharp first-time finish from Gestede.

The towering targetman, by heading clear from a Pool corner, had actually started the lightning-fast counter-attack which ended with him blasting the ball sumptuously and confidently into the back of the net from 12 yards.

And, after captain Hanley had fired over from a corner, the man of the match doubled his tally almost immediately after the restart.

Craig Conway was the provider as he took a pass from Markus Olsson and whipped over a wickedly inviting cross toward the back post for Gestede to plant a firm header low past Lewis.

Rovers, at that point, were totally in control and had an appeal for a penalty turned down when it appeared Gestede had been shoved over in the box.

But they allowed Pool to halve the deficit in the 53rd minute when Hanley and Evans got in each other’s way and Cywka’s 18-yard drive squirmed underneath the body of Robinson.

And, after Conway whistled a shot inches past the post, it nearly got worse for the former England number one when he allowed a speculative attempt from Tony McMahon to slip through his fingers.

Robinson regained his composure to tip the ball on to the post. He was indebted, however, to the excellent Jason Lowe for getting back and blocking Ishmael Miller’s follow up.

To Robinson’s credit he went on to make crucial saves from Nathan Delfouneso while at the other end the tireless Evans hit the upright following another swift break led by the jet-heeled King.

But, despite Gestede having a good chance in injury-time to complete his hat-trick, there was to be no further scoring as Bowyer shored up his over-run and tiring midfield by bringing on Williamson.

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1:12pm Mon 18 Aug 14

dangerous dave says...

Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
  • Score: -34

1:28pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Rovers 1495 says...

Anyone know how Farnolle's trial turned out ? He seems to be saying it didn't happen since there are too many keepers in contract
Anyone know how Farnolle's trial turned out ? He seems to be saying it didn't happen since there are too many keepers in contract Rovers 1495
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Garylla says...

Unfortunately this shows why Yom can't play centre mid every match unless Williamson steps up to the plate and runs his socks off like a SuperAtko or Robbie Savage. If we're still unbeaten by end of September we 'll win this league. Some tough matches starting tonight. COYB
Unfortunately this shows why Yom can't play centre mid every match unless Williamson steps up to the plate and runs his socks off like a SuperAtko or Robbie Savage. If we're still unbeaten by end of September we 'll win this league. Some tough matches starting tonight. COYB Garylla
  • Score: 11

1:30pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Garylla says...

Garylla wrote:
Unfortunately this shows why Yom can't play centre mid every match unless Williamson steps up to the plate and runs his socks off like a SuperAtko or Robbie Savage. If we're still unbeaten by end of September we 'll win this league. Some tough matches starting tonight. COYB
Tom not Yom!
[quote][p][bold]Garylla[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately this shows why Yom can't play centre mid every match unless Williamson steps up to the plate and runs his socks off like a SuperAtko or Robbie Savage. If we're still unbeaten by end of September we 'll win this league. Some tough matches starting tonight. COYB[/p][/quote]Tom not Yom! Garylla
  • Score: 5

1:31pm Mon 18 Aug 14

owd nick says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
Interpreted.

Yes, thanks to GB making the correct decisions I was able to watch the highlights, all 30 seconds of them, on The Football League Show and make an accurate assessment of how brilliant Rovers were over the 90 minutes, shame they made a mistake and gifted Blackpool a goal, but hey ho.

I apologise for being a **** as a Newt this early in the day but I had a new delivery of Meths this morning and can't see the keys so keep hitting the wrong ones.

Regards

Doughnut Dave.
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Interpreted. Yes, thanks to GB making the correct decisions I was able to watch the highlights, all 30 seconds of them, on The Football League Show and make an accurate assessment of how brilliant Rovers were over the 90 minutes, shame they made a mistake and gifted Blackpool a goal, but hey ho. I apologise for being a **** as a Newt this early in the day but I had a new delivery of Meths this morning and can't see the keys so keep hitting the wrong ones. Regards Doughnut Dave. owd nick
  • Score: 24

3:32pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bburnrover says...

Cardiff were promoted as champions and both Leicester and Burnley went up and I cannot recall their defences getting into too much of a turmoil over their season. I think Rovers need to get some defenders in and possibly a goalkeeper as Robinson went through a similar lack of confidence at Tottenham resulting in him signing for us.I just hope he regains his form as we cannot keep giving soft goals away as it motivates the opposition if they think your goaler is useless.Is Kean available yet keep trying Gb its a long way from home to Cardiff so we should be favourites if he is given the green light for another loan spell.
Cardiff were promoted as champions and both Leicester and Burnley went up and I cannot recall their defences getting into too much of a turmoil over their season. I think Rovers need to get some defenders in and possibly a goalkeeper as Robinson went through a similar lack of confidence at Tottenham resulting in him signing for us.I just hope he regains his form as we cannot keep giving soft goals away as it motivates the opposition if they think your goaler is useless.Is Kean available yet keep trying Gb its a long way from home to Cardiff so we should be favourites if he is given the green light for another loan spell. bburnrover
  • Score: 11

3:33pm Mon 18 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

We're papering over the rapidly expanding cracks I'm afraid. The top teams in this division will pull our weak defence apart. What is Bowyer doing to strengthen us in the transfer market?

F@#k all.

Bowyer out.
We're papering over the rapidly expanding cracks I'm afraid. The top teams in this division will pull our weak defence apart. What is Bowyer doing to strengthen us in the transfer market? F@#k all. Bowyer out. TurfMoor Tom
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3:41pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Its Only a game boy says...

chicken stock laughing stock chicken stock laughing stock.......
chicken stock laughing stock chicken stock laughing stock....... Its Only a game boy
  • Score: -13

4:02pm Mon 18 Aug 14

hasslem hasslem says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
what was the score?
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]what was the score? hasslem hasslem
  • Score: -2

4:55pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Raymond Ban says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
I agree David, Hanley is rubbish and we should buy Kompany from Citeh.

What's the latest on the Ibrahimović deal? I've heard a rumor we're trying to buy him so you'll come down to Ewood again...

OUT WITH EVERYONE EXCEPT GLORY HUNTING DOOM MERCHANTS WHO LIVE ON PLANET DAVID
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]I agree David, Hanley is rubbish and we should buy Kompany from Citeh. What's the latest on the Ibrahimović deal? I've heard a rumor we're trying to buy him so you'll come down to Ewood again... OUT WITH EVERYONE EXCEPT GLORY HUNTING DOOM MERCHANTS WHO LIVE ON PLANET DAVID Raymond Ban
  • Score: 24

5:25pm Mon 18 Aug 14

champs95 says...

dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
.....but well done the lads for a win away from home eh Dave?
[quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote].....but well done the lads for a win away from home eh Dave? champs95
  • Score: 10

5:34pm Mon 18 Aug 14

greenscreener says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
what was the score?
Cowboys 136 Indians 268

June 25th 1876
Little Big Horn Stadium
Attendance 3,200

Dave hasn't been happy since.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]what was the score?[/p][/quote]Cowboys 136 Indians 268 June 25th 1876 Little Big Horn Stadium Attendance 3,200 Dave hasn't been happy since. greenscreener
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8:30pm Mon 18 Aug 14

MattNewcastle says...

Credit where credits due to GB

taking Rhodes off to sure up the teams defence to see out a victory something not done last season.

gestede would have been the one to give way.

Now just to find a natural 10 to play alongside him.
Credit where credits due to GB taking Rhodes off to sure up the teams defence to see out a victory something not done last season. gestede would have been the one to give way. Now just to find a natural 10 to play alongside him. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 1

9:21pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bluenorwichrover says...

Any idea how many is comming to carrow road tomorrow managed to bag a couple of away tickets coyb save me a few £5 at work on thursday good feelings about this season just need to tighten up at the back
RTID
Any idea how many is comming to carrow road tomorrow managed to bag a couple of away tickets coyb save me a few £5 at work on thursday good feelings about this season just need to tighten up at the back RTID bluenorwichrover
  • Score: 3

1:14am Tue 19 Aug 14

Rovercast says...

owd nick wrote:
dangerous dave wrote:
Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!!
Our with the cowboys and indians
Interpreted.

Yes, thanks to GB making the correct decisions I was able to watch the highlights, all 30 seconds of them, on The Football League Show and make an accurate assessment of how brilliant Rovers were over the 90 minutes, shame they made a mistake and gifted Blackpool a goal, but hey ho.

I apologise for being a **** as a Newt this early in the day but I had a new delivery of Meths this morning and can't see the keys so keep hitting the wrong ones.

Regards

Doughnut Dave.
Wonderful, I haven't laughed so much for ages
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dangerous dave[/bold] wrote: Yes in the end just passed the line and hanley as he reported earlier in the lt is yrying to be consistent making his usual blunders!! Our with the cowboys and indians[/p][/quote]Interpreted. Yes, thanks to GB making the correct decisions I was able to watch the highlights, all 30 seconds of them, on The Football League Show and make an accurate assessment of how brilliant Rovers were over the 90 minutes, shame they made a mistake and gifted Blackpool a goal, but hey ho. I apologise for being a **** as a Newt this early in the day but I had a new delivery of Meths this morning and can't see the keys so keep hitting the wrong ones. Regards Doughnut Dave.[/p][/quote]Wonderful, I haven't laughed so much for ages Rovercast
  • Score: 0

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