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Lancashire Derby At Ewood Park

9 March 2018

Fixture | Blackburn Rovers vs Blackpool – Date | Saturday 10 March – Venue | Ewood Park

There's a Lancashire derby on the horizon tomorrow, as Blackpool face league leaders Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. 

The Seasiders make the journey on the M65 unbeaten in their last five outings, while the hosts are unbeaten in six. 

Last Time Out: 

Blackpool have had to wait a fortnight for a fixture to come round, with last weekend's match against Northampton Town postponed due to a frozen pitch. 

Prior to that, the team recorded an impressive 2-0 victory at Portsmouth to make it back-to-back wins away from home. 

Blackburn, meanwhile, were pegged back in a top of the table clash against Wigan Athletic at Ewood Park. Strikes from Adam Armstrong and Elliott Bennett were cancelled out by Michael Jacobs and Max Power in the 2-2 draw.

Team News: 

Sean Longstaff and Callum Cooke could both come back into contention for Blackpool, having recently missed out due to hip and heel injuries, respectively. The match comes too soon for Mark Cullen, however. 

Rovers are more or less at full strength for the fixture, though the fitness of Ryan Nyambe will be assessed. 

Ticket News: 

Advance tickets for the match can be purchased from the Blackpool ticket office until 4pm today (Friday), or directly from Blackburn Rovers over the telephone. 

Advance tickets are priced at: 

- £24 for Adults
- £17 for Seniors (Over-65s)
- £17 for 18-21-year-olds
- £8 for Juniors (12-17 years)
- £6 for Under-12s

Please note: a price increase of £2 applies to adult, senior and 18-21-years-old tickets purchased on the day, while a £1 price increase applies to junior and under-12 tickets.  

Match Betting Odds:

Blackburn Win - 8/11
Draw - 13/5
Blackpool Win - 4/1 

Elsewhere in Sky Bet League One: 

AFC Wimbledon vs Oxford United
Bradford City vs MK Dons
Bristol Rovers vs Northampton Town
Bury vs Oldham Athletic
Fleetwood Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Peterborough United vs Charlton Athletic
Portsmouth vs Gillingham
Rotherham United vs Rochdale
Shrewsbury Town vs Walsall
Southend United vs Doncaster Rovers
Wigan Athletic vs Scunthorpe United

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Report: Blackburn Rovers 3 Blackpool 0

Unbeaten Run Comes To An End At Ewood

10 March 2018

An Adam Armstrong brace helped Blackburn bring Blackpool’s five-match unbeaten run to an end at Ewood Park this afternoon.

The on-loan Newcastle man found the net twice in the second-half to add to an opener from Bradley Dack in a 3-0 victory for the hosts.

Manager Gary Bowyer made just the one change to the Blackpool side that recorded victory at Portsmouth last time out, and it was an enforced one. Kelvin Mellor was ruled out with injury, so Sean Longstaff returned from a hip problem.

It was the home team who started the game the stronger, with Bradley Dack stinging the palms of Joe Lumley from distance.

Despite the hosts dictating the early possession as well, it was Blackpool who had the best chance to open the scoring inside the first 15 minutes. Viv Solomon-Otabor’s cross found its way to Nathan Delfouneso, via Sean Longstaff, however the forward’s strike deflected over the bar.

Curtis Tilt was the next to try his luck when he found himself in the attacking third soon after, though the defender’s effort failed to test David Raya in goal.

At the other end, Jack Payne drilled an effort wide of Lumley’s far post. A great defensive header from Clark Robertson then prevented Dack from finding the target from 10-yards out.

On-loan Newcastle United man Adam Armstrong had a great opportunity for Rovers with 36 minutes on the clock. The striker was slipped through on goal, forcing Joe Lumley to rush off his line quickly and make the angle to shoot a tight one. Armstrong’s eventual effort was lifted over the ‘keeper but also over the bar.

The opener did come for Blackburn though, and it was in first-half stoppage time. Bradley Dack met an in-swinging Charlie Mulgrew free-kick to head past Joe Lumley.

Half-Time: Blackburn Rovers 1 Blackpool 0

Backed by 1,114 Blackpool fans inside Ewood Park, The Seasiders set out to get back on level terms after the interval but found clear-cut opportunities hard to come by.

Numerous balls were pumped into the box, while Nathan Delfouneso had a shot blocked from inside the area. Kyle Vassell was then unable to divert his glancing header on target.

A great delivery from Viv Solomon-Otabor deserved so much more in the 66th minute, though his dangerous ball across goal just evaded Delfouneso.

Shortly afterwards, Blackburn doubled their advantage. Adam Armstrong picked up the ball just inside the area and curled it into the top corner.

The second goal prompted both sides to make changes, with Craig Conway coming on for the home side and Armand Gnanduillet replacing Jay Spearing for Blackpool.

A double substitution soon followed for The Seasiders, as Danny Philliskirk and Dan Agyei replaced Viv Solomon-Otabor and Kyle Vassell.

The changes brought a bit more fluidity for the final 15 minutes, though it was defender Curtis Tilt who had the best chance of pulling a goal back. The centre-back met a Jimmy Ryan corner delivery at the back post but saw his effort headed off the line by Danny Graham.  

With Blackpool continuing to push for a way back, Blackburn countered and firmly wrapped up the three points with a second from Armstrong in the 90th minute.

Full-Time: Blackburn Rovers 3 Blackpool 0 

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