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Blackburn failed to reduce the gap on the playoff spots as they produced one of the close football results of the weekend in the Premier League. Sam Gallagher opened the scoring for the hosts in the 10th minute before Marvin Ekpiteta equalized for the Tangerines in the 48th minute. The home side has now gone three games without a win.

Managers Reaction 

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “I think we fell below our normal standard today. I think the dressing room is disappointed. I’m not talking out of turn, I’ve just told them, I think our back three have been our best players this year. strong, powerful, and resilient, and yet I think we didn’t give them a tough day today. The ball stuck around our box too long. We didn’t win enough first contacts. From the basic play, long throws, wide free-kicks, didn’t get headed out of our box. We talked about it at half-time and yet they scored a goal because the ball bounced around in our six-yard box. I can’t sit here and complain. We take the point and move on.”

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “It was a hard-fought game, two committed teams, I’m so proud of the players and the way they played the game. To concede the goal we did, the type of goal, and to show the response we did shows the type of players and people we’ve got in our dressing room. We’ve had a tough week and to come to a club like Blackburn who is pushing to get into the play-offs, and the quality of player they’ve got, to go toe-to-toe with them and take the game to them the best we can, I felt that we deserved a point. Five more games, every game is different, every game stands on its own two feet.”

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