SEASIDERS SLUMP GOES ON AS DUNN SHOWS STYLE
No win in 12 for the Tangerines
BLACKPOOL interim manager Barry Ferguson insists he is the right man for the full-time job – despite seeing his side slip to a 12th league game without a win.
Blackburn scored either side of the break in the Lancashire derby as David Dunn rolled back the years to piece together a mesmerising run before unleashing a shot that nestled neatly in the bottom corner.
And with the Seasiders offering little in the way of potency up front, new Rovers captain Grant Hanley snapped up his side’s second from a corner to get Blackburn’s play-off push back on track and leave the visitors still searching for their first win since November.
“We are in a battle now and the players need to realise that,” said Ferguson.
“David Dunn has waltzed through our midfield and our defence to put them ahead, but we were looking good until that happened.
“It will take a bit of time but I want the team to be more attack minded.
“But it is up to the players where they want to be playing next year and if that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is.
“We just need some belief and I think I can instil that into the them.
“This is without doubt a quality squad and it is good enough to play in this division.
“The players need to believe that too and with the ones we have brought in I think we can turn this around.”
Rovers favourite Dunn opened the scoring with a piece of individual brilliance to skip past two defenders and fire in a 20th-minute shot from the edge of Blackpool’s penalty area.
In a rare visiting attack Steve Davies tested Paul Robinson from range with Blackburn’s former England goalkeeper meeting the challenge at his near post.
But Jordan Rhodes was unfortunate not to double the home side’s lead when the ball ricocheted off his chest and just past the post from Kirk Broadfoot’s misplaced header.
Hanley sent a looping header over the crossbar from Tom Cairney’s free-kick as the second-half got under way.
And Davies squandered a good chance to pull the Seasiders level at the other end when he found the side netting from just six yards out following good work from Faris Haroun.
Rhodes glanced a header wide when he met Tommy Spurr’s near-post cross and Hanley faired likewise after Todd Kane had whipped the ball into the danger zone.
Rudy Gestede watched
another header fall shy of the upright as Blackburn retained the upper hand, but Stephen Dobbie saw a shot deflected past the Rovers post as he inspired Blackpool on the attack.
Gestede saw another effort touched out for a corner from the outstretched leg of Gary Mackenzie, but Blackburn added their second of the afternoon from the resulting set-piece. Hanley finally bundling.0 home Craig Conway’s cross seven minutes from time.
And with no late Blackpool recovery in the offing, Rovers boss Gary Bowyer had plenty to smile about.
“It was important to turn our performances into points and I thought we did a very professional job,” Bowyer said.
“It took a bit of brilliance from David Dunn to unlock Blackpool but then I think we should have scored more considering the possession we had in the first-half.
“We needed to be more clinical but that gives us something to work on.
“We are getting the blend right in terms of youth and experience and we have reaped the rewards in this one.
“We showed good character and resilience and we never panicked and it was also nice to see Grant Hanley celebrate the Blackburn captaincy with a goal.
“It is a tough league and we can’t get carried away by putting a win on the board.
“But is a good challenge for us and we will give it everything that we’ve got.”