Defeat for Seasiders in nine-goal thriller at Brockhall training groundA second-half double from Nathan Delfouneso wasn't enough for Blackpool as they succumbed to a 5-4 defeat at the hands of Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday afternoon.
A side containing the likes of Delfouneso, Michael Chopra and Steven Davies started against Pool's Lancashire rivals, with former Blackpool striker DJ Campbell and Leon Best two notable inclusions for the home side.
The Seasiders took an early lead through Davies, after James Caton dispossessed Matthew Kilgallon on the right-hand side, before teeing up the former Derby striker who scored at the second attempt, after his initial strike was saved by Simon Eastwood.
However, the home side enjoyed the lions share of possession for the rest of the half and deservedly got on level terms on 35 minutes. Rovers defender Adam Henley was taken down in the box and Campbell made no mistake from the penalty spot as he sent Chris Kettings the wrong way.
And just minutes later they were ahead after a free-flowing attacking move was finished with aplomb by Alan Judge. Ruben Rochina's precise floated ball was held up expertly by Best, who in turn set up Campbell who flicked it on delicately for Judge, and he calmly rolled the ball past Kettings to give the home side the advantage going into the interval.
The second half started the same way the first half ended with Rovers putting themselves seemingly out of sight with two further goals by 59 minutes.
First of all the influential Judge sent an inviting cross into the box, which was finished superbly by Chris Taylor with a thumping volley into the far corner on 52 minutes. And the game looked all but over on the hour mark as Yann Songo'o rose highest to head home Rochina's corner.
However, The Seasiders fought back admirably with Delfouneso - deployed in centre-midfield rather than as a forward - notching two goals in ten minutes, first of all beating Eastwood to head home an Adam Dodd corner, before finishing confidently after Marvin Zeegelaar found the Aston Villa loanee with just over ten minutes to go.
Just a minute later though, Blackburn restored a two-goal advantage with Best finding his way past the Blackpool defence and firing home emphatically into the corner to make it 5-3.
But Blackpool again fought back well as Nathan Eccleston's instinctive finish set-up a grandstand finish, but Rovers held out for a win in this thrilling encounter.