Billy Sharp's late equaliser denied Barry Ferguson a first win in caretaker charge of Blackpool as they shared the points at home to Doncaster Rovers.

Andy Halliday looked to have given the home side victory when he prodded home from close range on his debut.

But substitute striker Sharp, on-loan from Southampton and in his third spell with Rovers, headed home David Cotterill's free-kick.

The draw lifts Doncaster out of the Championship's relegation zone.

Ferguson, 35, has been in temporary control at Bloomfield Road following Paul Ince's dismissal on Tuesday and he saw his side start brightly as they looked to stem a run of nine defeats from their last 10 games.

A lofted pass from Isaiah Osbourne set Michael Chopra free in behind the visitors' defence but the striker could only fire straight at the advancing Ross Turnbull.

With the next attack the hosts carved out another good opening. Steven Davies sent a delivery across the face of the goal from the left, only for Chopra to somehow miss the ball six yards out.

Blackpool's winless run

3 December: Yeovil 1-0 Blackpool

7 December: Derby 5-1 Blackpool

14 December: Blackpool 0-2 QPR

21 December: Burnley 2-1 Blackpool

26 December: Blackpool 1-1 Leeds

29 December: Blackpool 0-1 Brighton

1 January: Sheffield Wednesday 2-0 Blackpool

4 January: Bolton 2-1 Blackpool

11 January: Blackpool 0-2 Middlesbrough

18 January: Barnsley 2-0 Blackpool

25 January: Blackpool 1-1 Doncaster

The visitors were largely redundant in an attacking sense, but on the stroke of half-time another James Coppinger delivery from the right found Sharp and his header flew narrowly wide of the right-hand post.

There was still time for one final moment of goalmouth action and unsurprisingly it again went the way of the home side. Chris Basham rose highest to meet Nathan Eccleston's corner-kick at the near post but the midfielder could only head wide when he should have instead found the back of the net.

Slowly, Doncaster began to turn the tide and Coppinger forced Matt Gilks into making two decent saves - the first a low shot from the edge of the box after 63 minutes and the second a curling 20-yard effort the Blackpool keeper clawed away from the top right-hand corner.

Paul Dickov's side should have taken the lead when a lofted Paul Keegan pass found Chris Brown inside the area, only for the striker to blaze over the bar.

But just as the visitors looked to have taken control, a hopeful ball into the box by Jack Robinson ended up at the feet of Davies, and although he could not connect with his shot, substitute Halliday, on loan from Middlesbrough , prodded home from close range to give Blackpool the lead.

Ferguson's side looked to have snatched victory but, with the clock ticking down, Sharp got the faintest of touches on a Cotterill free-kick to give Doncaster a share of the spoils.

Blackpool caretaker manager Barry Ferguson on his first match in charge:

"I loved every minute of it - you could see that on the sidelines. I'm just gutted for the boys because they gave me absolutely everything out there.

"I was nervous when I woke up. It was a mixture of emotions - I was nervous and excited.

"I've decided that if I take over [permanently] then I'll hang up my boots, it wasn't difficult not to pick myself today."

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov:

"It looks as though he [Billy Sharp] nicked it and that's what he's been brought here for.

"We played better and created more chances when we played Blackburn up here a few weeks ago and they beat us 1-0.

"But we've got a fox-in-the-box striker who can score you goals and today he's managed to nick us a point.

"I feel given the quality of our delivery and the size of the team we should score more goals from set-pieces and we managed to do that today."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Blackpool

  • 01 Gilks
  • 02 McMahon Booked
  • 03 Robinson
  • 18 Osbourne
  • 06 Broadfoot
  • 20 Cathcart
  • 17 Basham
  • 04 Perkins
  • 08 Chopra (Halliday - 66' )
  • 09 Davies (Tyson - 80' )
  • 23 Eccleston (Goodwillie - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 07 Tyson
  • 13 Warner
  • 14 Halliday
  • 22 Caton
  • 25 Goodwillie
  • 28 Dodd
  • 31 Martínez

Doncaster Rovers

  • 01 Turnbull
  • 17 Tamas
  • 03 Husband
  • 19 Wellens
  • 14 Khumalo Booked
  • 20 Méité
  • 07 Duffy (Cotterill - 82' )
  • 18 Keegan
  • 10 Sharp
  • 09 Brown
  • 26 Coppinger

Substitutes

  • 02 Quinn
  • 04 Furman
  • 11 Cotterill
  • 13 Maxted
  • 21 De Val
  • 30 Peterson
  • 31 Stevens
Ref: David Coote
Att: 13,468

Match Stats

Shots

20 9

On target

5 4

Corners

7 3

Fouls

15 8

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +4:08 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Doncaster Rovers 1.

90:00 +3:39

Dangerous play by Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers).

90:00 +3:39

Chris Basham (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:30

Attempt saved. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

90:00 +0:30

Attempt blocked. Nathan Tyson (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jack Robinson.

89:05

Attempt missed. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by David Perkins.

87:44 Booking

Booking Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

87:35

David Cotterill (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

87:35

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

86:11

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) hits the bar with a header from the centre of the box. Assisted by David Cotterill with a cross.

84:53 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Doncaster Rovers 1. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner. Assisted by David Cotterill following a set piece situation.

84:24

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

84:24

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

81:25

Offside, Blackpool. David Perkins tries a through ball, but Nathan Tyson is caught offside.

81:04 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Doncaster Rovers. David Cotterill replaces Mark Duffy.

80:39

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

80:39

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

79:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Nathan Tyson replaces Steve Davies.

78:36

Offside, Blackpool. Anthony McMahon tries a through ball, but David Goodwillie is caught offside.

77:29 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Doncaster Rovers 0. Andrew Halliday (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner.

76:48

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

76:48

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:09

Hand ball by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).

71:31

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Isaiah Osbourne.

71:28

Attempt blocked. Mark Duffy (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Richard Wellens.

70:54

Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

70:54

Foul by David Goodwillie (Blackpool).

69:41

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

69:11

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

68:09

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:09

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

67:35

Attempt saved. Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

67:10

Corner, Doncaster Rovers. Conceded by Jack Robinson.

66:28

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.

65:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. David Goodwillie replaces Nathan Eccleston.

65:19 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Andrew Halliday replaces Michael Chopra.

64:45

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

63:42

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

63:16

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

63:16

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

62:52

Attempt saved. James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Chris Brown with a headed pass.

59:59

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Richard Wellens tries a through ball, but Billy Sharp is caught offside.

59:32

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

59:32

Foul by Michael Chopra (Blackpool).

57:17

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

57:17

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

56:44

Richard Wellens (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:44

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

55:47

Offside, Blackpool. Kirk Broadfoot tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

55:24

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Paul Keegan tries a through ball, but Chris Brown is caught offside.

53:15

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

53:15

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

53:09

Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Matthew Gilks.

52:23

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by James Coppinger.

51:28

Offside, Blackpool. Chris Basham tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.

50:51

Offside, Blackpool. Steve Davies tries a through ball, but Michael Chopra is caught offside.

50:50

Attempt blocked. Steve Davies (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:57

Attempt saved. Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Mark Duffy.

45:47

Attempt missed. David Perkins (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:19 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Doncaster Rovers 0.

45:00 +0:35

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Eccleston with a cross following a corner.

45:00 +0:09

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

45:00 +0:08

Attempt saved. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Eccleston with a cross.

44:02

Attempt missed. Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by James Coppinger with a cross.

42:10

Attempt missed. Steve Davies (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Nathan Eccleston with a cross following a corner.

41:45

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

41:43

Attempt saved. Michael Chopra (Blackpool) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Steve Davies.

40:44

Attempt blocked. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Billy Sharp.

40:10

James Husband (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

40:10

Foul by Chris Basham (Blackpool).

38:37

Offside, Doncaster Rovers. Gabriel Tamas tries a through ball, but James Coppinger is caught offside.

37:35

James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:35

Foul by Jack Robinson (Blackpool).

32:49

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) header from the left side of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Anthony McMahon with a cross following a set piece situation.

32:23

Foul by Abdoulaye Méité (Doncaster Rovers).

32:23

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

30:39

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:39

Foul by Craig Cathcart (Blackpool).

29:34

Offside, Blackpool. Isaiah Osbourne tries a through ball, but Chris Basham is caught offside.

28:46

Foul by Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers).

28:46

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:09

Billy Sharp (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

24:09

Foul by Anthony McMahon (Blackpool).

21:08

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Abdoulaye Méité.

21:05

Attempt blocked. Michael Chopra (Blackpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

19:19

Attempt missed. Chris Basham (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

18:28

Ross Turnbull (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

18:28

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool).

17:07

Attempt missed. Nathan Eccleston (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Basham.

15:25

Attempt blocked. Kirk Broadfoot (Blackpool) header from the right side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Nathan Eccleston.

15:05

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Gabriel Tamas.

14:18

Gabriel Tamas (Doncaster Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

14:18

Foul by Steve Davies (Blackpool).

13:42

Offside, Blackpool. Nathan Eccleston tries a through ball, but Steve Davies is caught offside.

8:46

Attempt saved. Michael Chopra (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Isaiah Osbourne.

7:12

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Ross Turnbull.

4:58

Attempt missed. Chris Brown (Doncaster Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Gabriel Tamas with a cross.

2:58

Attempt missed. Anthony McMahon (Blackpool) right footed shot from long range on the left is too high from a direct free kick.

2:21 Booking

Booking Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

2:15

Steve Davies (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

2:15

Foul by Bongani Khumalo (Doncaster Rovers).

1:24

David Perkins (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:24

Foul by Paul Keegan (Doncaster Rovers).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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