Blackpool continued their good form as they got the better of Blackburn Rovers in one of the close football scores of Championship weekend. It was a hotly contested Lancashire derby as Blackpool took the early lead when Shayne Lavery scored the opener, his fifth goal of the season. They doubled their lead in the first half through Jerry Yates to take a cushioned lead into half-time. The visitors came out a vastly improved team as they halved the lead in the second half. Ben Brereton Diaz scored his sixth goal in the last three games but could not help Blackburn fall to their second consecutive defeat in the league.

Managers Reaction

Blackpool’s Neil Critchley: “I am very pleased. I thought it was a good game, a good derby full of energy and drama. I thought we were fantastic first half, played some good football, and were deservedly winning at half-time. Second half we’ve had to show a lot of character, plenty of resilience, and a little bit of misfortune with players going off. It disrupted us, no doubt about that but the players that came on gave good performances as well.”

Blackburn’s Tony Mowbray: “We prepared the team for what we expected, let’s give Blackpool some credit for the way they came out of the blocks. Were we second best in the first half? Undoubtedly. There was frustration in the dressing room at halftime. Because the team are young and have been doing alright, these are harsh, but good, lessons that not every game is a nice game of football, there are days when you have to roll your sleeves and it becomes a man on man.”

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