Blackpool ease past Blackburn

Blackpool netted a goal in each half to see off Blackburn 2-0
and maintain boss Michael Appleton’s unbeaten start to life at
Bloomfield Road.

Rovers had more than their fair share of chances in the first
half but Wes Thomas had headed Blackpool in front by the time Simon
Vukcevic rattled the post for the visitors.

Henning Berg’s side were unable to muster anything like a
similar threat in a second half of few chances, and switched off
late on to let former Rangers defender Kirk Broadfoot net a first
Seasiders goal.

Appleton has now masterminded two wins from the last three
outings, having begun his tenure as Ian Holloway’s replacement with
four consecutive draws.

The visitors were quickest out of the blocks and Seasiders
defender Craig Cathcart required a last-ditch challenge to deny
Jordan Rhodes from Colin Kazim-Richards’ cross, before Matt Gilks
made saves in quick succession to thwart Rhodes and Vukcevic.

It was therefore against the run of play when Nathan Delfouneso
crossed from the left for Thomas to glance in with the assistance
of a statuesque Blackburn defence in the 24th minute.

Dickson Etuhu had a chance to bring Blackburn level after the
half hour but shot wide from Josh King’s clipped cross as Blackpool
failed to fully clear a corner.

But it was almost all-square at the break as Vukcevic rattled
the post with a shot on the turn.

In the second half England Under-21 winger Ince appeared the
most likely source of extending Blackpool’s lead and, after
breaking free of the Rovers defence to test Kean low to his right,
he exchanged passes with Harris for the latter to fire over in the
65th minute.

Harris managed to extend Kean when the Rovers keeper pushed a
rasping free-kick behind, but the points were made safe from the
resulting corner.

Gomes’ outswinging delivery from the right found Broadfoot to
thump home unmarked with nine minutes to play.

Gael Givet thought he had a consolation but was flagged offside
before Scott Dann almost compounded Rovers’ misery by heading
against his own post in stoppage time.