Two goals from Rudy Gestede were enough for Blackburn to beat Lancashire rivals Blackpool in the Championship.

Gestede's first, a neat finish from inside the box, put Blackburn 1-0 up and he headed in Craig Conway's cross to double the lead after half-time.

Tomasz Cywka brought Blackpool back into the match, his tame shot squirming past Rovers goalkeeper Paul Robinson.

Robinson denied Nathan Delfouneso an equaliser with a fine save, while Corry Evans hit a post for the visitors.

Blackpool, who confirmed the signing of former Swindon striker Nile Ranger before kick-off, have lost all three matches they have played under new manager Jose Riga but they put in a display to suggest that they are slowly overcoming their pre-season struggles.

Rovers' run continues

Blackburn have not lost any of their last 14 matches in the Championship, an unbeaten run that stretches back to March.

The Belgian was able to name a full complement of substitutes for the first time this season and his side came close to an early lead when David Perkins shot wide from the edge of the penalty area.

Gestede put Rovers in front after 26 minutes, rounding off a move involving Tom Cairney and Conway, and then had another effort ruled out for offside.

Captain Grant Hanley missed the chance to double Blackburn's lead just before half-time, firing over from close range as the hosts failed to clear a corner.

Gestede's smart header made it 2-0 two minutes into the second period, but Blackpool found a way back into the contest when Cywka's tame left-footed shot found a way past Robinson.

Robinson then spilled Tony McMahon's curling shot and Ishmael Miller's follow-up was blocked, but the former England international redeemed himself with an excellent stop to prevent Delfouneso finding the net from 20 yards.

Blackpool boss Jose Riga:

"We showed fighting spirit and at times quality in that match. Spirit and mindset are important attributes but the play and the way we do things to create opportunities is huge. If we'd scored a second I don't think people could have complained.

"Physically we are not ready yet and we don't have enough players still, but the fans and the mentality of the players is good. Some players arrived only a couple of days ago and it's a difficult situation. I need more players but I need quality and that is important."

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer:

"It's very important to get that first win of the season. We weren't fooled by all the talk of the size of Blackpool's squad or anything like that.

"We did well in the first half and played some nice football. And in the second we showed our resilience when Blackpool came back into the game, so we really showed all the sides to our game."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (5)

Blackpool

  • 01 Lewis
  • 29 McMahon
  • 03 Oriol Booked
  • 06 Clarke
  • 02 Daniels
  • 08 Mellis (Zoko - 45' Booked )
  • 24 Lundstram
  • 04 Perkins (Davies - 88' )
  • 17 Miller
  • 07 Cywka (Zenjov - 68' )
  • 14 Delfouneso

Substitutes

  • 09 Davies
  • 13 Zoko
  • 16 Dielna
  • 18 Dunne
  • 20 Zenjov
  • 21 Parish
  • 28 Rentmeister

Blackburn Rovers

  • 01 Robinson
  • 14 Olsson Booked
  • 05 Hanley
  • 06 Lowe
  • 15 Baptiste
  • 32 Conway
  • 29 Evans
  • 10 Cairney
  • 07 King (Marshall - 84' Booked )
  • 39 Gestede Booked
  • 11 Rhodes (Williamson - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Dunn
  • 12 Marshall
  • 13 Eastwood
  • 16 Varney
  • 17 Williamson
  • 19 Taylor
  • 21 O'Connell
Ref: James Adcock
Att: 12,130

Match Stats

Shots

16 11

On target

4 4

Corners

7 5

Fouls

15 13

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Blackpool 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +5:19 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Blackpool 1, Blackburn Rovers 2.

90:00 +4:59

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Paul Robinson.

90:00 +3:59

Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

90:00 +3:59

Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +3:01

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

90:00 +2:35 Booking

Booking Francois Zoko (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

90:00 +2:31

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

90:00 +2:31

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:12

Tony McMahon (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +1:12

Foul by Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers).

90:00 +1:08 Booking

Booking Ben Marshall (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

88:28

Attempt missed. Joan Oriol (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Nathan Delfouneso.

87:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Steve Davies replaces David Perkins.

85:32

Offside, Blackpool. Joan Oriol tries a through ball, but Francois Zoko is caught offside.

84:19 Booking

Booking Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84:12

Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

84:12

Foul by Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers).

83:54 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Ben Marshall replaces Joshua King.

83:28

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

83:28

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:02

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

82:21

Delay in match Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

82:12

Francois Zoko (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

82:12

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

81:29

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Francois Zoko with a cross.

79:04

Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

79:04

Foul by Alex Baptiste (Blackburn Rovers).

77:29

Offside, Blackpool. Joan Oriol tries a through ball, but Nathan Delfouneso is caught offside.

76:57

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Grant Hanley.

76:55

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by David Perkins.

76:09

Attempt blocked. Sergei Zenjov (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ishmael Miller.

75:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackburn Rovers. Lee Williamson replaces Jordan Rhodes.

72:45

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Paul Robinson.

72:43

Attempt saved. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Joan Oriol.

72:00

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

71:57

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box.

71:17

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Markus Olsson.

70:01

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

69:59

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

69:54

Attempt saved. Tony McMahon (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

67:57 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Sergei Zenjov replaces Tomasz Cywka.

67:38 Booking

Booking Joan Oriol (Blackpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

67:25

Foul by Joan Oriol (Blackpool).

67:25

Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

65:37

Attempt missed. John Lundstram (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Francois Zoko.

64:03

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool).

64:03

Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:45

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

60:45

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

60:05

Attempt missed. Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Tom Cairney.

58:40

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

58:40

Craig Conway (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

58:12

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Tom Cairney.

57:22

Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

57:22

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

55:31

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Alex Baptiste is caught offside.

55:03

Foul by David Perkins (Blackpool).

55:03

Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

53:38

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

53:06

Delay in match Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

52:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 1, Blackburn Rovers 2. Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

51:47

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

51:47

Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:36

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

51:12

Delay in match Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) because of an injury.

49:27

Attempt blocked. Peter Clarke (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

49:21

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Joan Oriol with a cross.

49:01

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Jason Lowe.

48:14

Attempt missed. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

47:44

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

46:46 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Blackburn Rovers 2. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Craig Conway with a cross.

45:53

Foul by Francois Zoko (Blackpool).

45:53

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00

Second Half begins Blackpool 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

45:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Blackpool. Francois Zoko replaces Jacob Mellis because of an injury.

45:00 +2:09 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Blackpool 0, Blackburn Rovers 1.

44:52

Foul by Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool).

44:52

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:35

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

42:49

Delay in match Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) because of an injury.

41:32

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

41:32

Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

40:22

Attempt missed. Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Joshua King following a corner.

39:50

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Peter Clarke.

38:13

Corry Evans (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

38:13

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

37:33

Attempt missed. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Ishmael Miller with a headed pass.

36:40

Attempt saved. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Tom Cairney with a cross.

36:15

Corner, Blackburn Rovers. Conceded by Tony McMahon.

35:03

Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

35:03

Foul by Donervon Daniels (Blackpool).

34:10

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Paul Robinson tries a through ball, but Rudy Gestede is caught offside.

32:57

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

32:57

Peter Clarke (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:43

Foul by Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers).

32:43

Joan Oriol (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

29:22

Attempt missed. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Tony McMahon with a cross.

28:59

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

28:59

John Lundstram (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

28:24

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

28:24

Jacob Mellis (Blackpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

25:40 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Blackpool 0, Blackburn Rovers 1. Rudy Gestede (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner.

25:33

Attempt blocked. Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

25:30

Attempt blocked. Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jason Lowe.

24:47

Corner, Blackpool. Conceded by Alex Baptiste.

22:59

Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

22:59

Foul by Ishmael Miller (Blackpool).

20:28

Offside, Blackpool. Joan Oriol tries a through ball, but Ishmael Miller is caught offside.

19:31

Attempt blocked. Ishmael Miller (Blackpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Tomasz Cywka.

17:46 Booking

Booking Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

17:34

Foul by Markus Olsson (Blackburn Rovers).

17:34

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

16:11

Foul by Tom Cairney (Blackburn Rovers).

16:11

Tomasz Cywka (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

13:02

Attempt blocked. Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Joan Oriol.

10:36

Attempt saved. Jordan Rhodes (Blackburn Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Joshua King.

9:37

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

8:57

Delay in match Grant Hanley (Blackburn Rovers) because of an injury.

6:14

Offside, Blackburn Rovers. Craig Conway tries a through ball, but Jordan Rhodes is caught offside.

5:07

Foul by Joshua King (Blackburn Rovers).

5:07

Joan Oriol (Blackpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

2:57

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

0:57

Jason Lowe (Blackburn Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

0:57

Foul by Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool).

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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