BARRY’S WORK IS CUT OUT FOR HIM

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

IN TRUTH this was an ab­ject Black­pool dis­play with the Seasiders never re­ally mount­ing a se­ri­ous threat on goal.

A lack of cre­ativ­ity be­lied their at­tack­ing spirit in the early stages when they had re­sem­bled some­thing of a 4-2-4 for­ma­tion that gave them some ini­tial prom­ise.

But whether Black­pool dropped deeper or Black­burn forced them into com­mit­ting less men for­ward the end re­sult was the same.

Rovers looked solid at the back and from there built an at­tack­ing plat­form that gave their wingers chance to run at a Black­pool de­fence al­ready lack­ing con­fi­dence.

And de­spite not cre­at­ing a plethora of op­por­tu­ni­ties, they did enough to merit the win with­out ever be­ing in any real dan­ger of con­ced­ing.

How­ever, this level of per­for­mance won’t be enough to see them into the play-offs al­though the dead­line day sign­ing of Craig Conway from Cardiff could give them fresh im­pe­tus, while Barry Fer­gu­son has plenty to do in the Seasiders hot seat.

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

HEADS I WIN: Black­burn Rovers’ Grant Han­ley scores their sec­ond goal. Inset: Rudy Gest­ede takes on the de­fence

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