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Blackpool   1 - 2   Blackburn

Blackburn celebrate their winner at Blackpool
Blackburn celebrate their last-gasp winner from Emerton at Bloomfield Road

By Jamie Lillywhite

Brett Emerton struck in injury time with his first Premier League goal for two years as Blackburn broke Blackpool hearts in a pulsating Lancashire derby.

The visitors had gone in front through a soft own goal when Charlie Adam nodded into his own net as goalkeeper Matthew Gilks lost his footing.

Blackpool hit back and substitute Matt Phillips scored on his Premier League debut with virtually his first touch.

But substitute Emerton snatched the points with low shot into the corner.

Defeat was exceptionally hard on the Seasiders, who poured forward in the second half and deserved something from an enthralling encounter, which was high on drama.

Holloway positive despite 'nasty' defeat

Rovers, who had not won in the league since the opening day of the season and were knocked out of the Carling Cup by Aston Villa in midweek, had let leads slip in four previous games this season and looked certain to do so again in a remarkable finale.

They might have fallen behind after only 90 seconds when home defender Ian Evatt's header appeared destined for the top corner but Michel Salgado headed the ball on to the underside of the bar before it was scrambled clear.

At the other end Gael Givet then made a vital clearance from Brett Ormerod's dangerous left-wing cross with Gary Taylor-Fletcher poised to strike at the far post.

Blackburn's response came from an unlikely source as a long free-kick from goalkeeper Paul Robinson - who has twice been on the scoresheet in his career - almost deceived opposite number Gilks.

They eventually went in front when El Hadji Diouf swung in a cross from the left which was flicked on by Nikola Kalinic and Adam, positioned by the far post, tried to cushion a header back to Gilks and watched agonisingly as it rolled over the line.

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The wrong-footed Gilks appeared to wrench his knee and although he was able to continue after treatment, he found it difficult to cope with Blackburn's physical threat from set pieces.

The visitors came close to a second when Christopher Samba's neat headed flick from a Morten Gamst Pedersen free-kick on the left beat Gilks but cannoned back off a post.

The home side forced five corners in the first half but came no closer to scoring than Evatt's header, although Marlon Harewood finished weakly after an exquisite through ball from Neil Eardley was perfectly measured for his run.

After no doubt being given some choice words at the interval by manager Ian Holloway, Blackpool showed their character with a series of attacks after the break.

Being hit on the counter was their main concern and Diouf's cross from the left was met by the onrushing Phil Jones, only for Gilks to deny the defender his first goal for Rovers with an outstretched leg.

Allardyce relieved after 'must-win' game

Kalinic appeared offside when he headed a gilt edged chance over the bar and as the game continued to fluctuate, Adam wasted a chance to atone for his earlier error when his header from Eardley's accurate cross drifted across the face of the goal.

With time running out, Blackpool side laid siege on the Rovers goal and Taylor-Fletcher curled in an effort from outside the box that was heading for the corner.

Robinson managed to push it aside and moments later tipped over an effort from Adam that was deflected towards the top corner.

Phillips, an England Under-19 star signed from Wycombe on transfer deadline day, made a thrilling impact with a jinking run and shot through a crowd of players, but with the home fans still celebrating -and a hint of offside - Emerton had the final word with a cool left-footed finish, his first goal since October 2008.

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Saturday, 25 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn FT
(HT 0-1)
  • Phillips 85
  • Adam (og) 20
  • Emerton 90+3

Blackpool

Substitutes

Blackburn

Substitutes

Ref: DeanAtt: 15,901
BLACKPOOL
BLACKBURN

Possession

  • Blackpool 53%
  • Blackburn 47%

Attempts on target

  • Blackpool 8
  • Blackburn 8

Attempts off target

  • Blackpool 3
  • Blackburn 5

Corners

  • Blackpool 8
  • Blackburn 8

Fouls

  • Blackpool 12
  • Blackburn 11
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:00 The game is over, as the referee blows his whistle.
  • 90:00+4:48 El-Hadji Diouf takes a short corner.
  • 90:00+4:32 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 90:00+3:49 Benjani Mwaruwari takes a shot. Stephen Crainey gets a block in.
  • 90:00+2:27 Booking Gary Taylor-Fletcher goes into the referee's book.
  • 90:00+2:25 El-Hadji Diouf takes a shot. Blocked by Stephen Crainey.
  • 90:00+2:25 GOAL - Brett EmertonBlackpool 1 - 2 Blackburn Brett Emerton gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the penalty box to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn.
  • 90:00+1:34 A cross is delivered by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Ryan Nelsen.
  • 90:00+0:07 The ball is sent over by Luke Varney.
  • 89:43 Charlie Adam fouled by Benjani Mwaruwari, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 89:12 The ball is sent over by Matt Phillips, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 88:48 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 87:45 Elliot Grandin concedes a free kick for a foul on Brett Emerton. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 85:34 Unfair challenge on Luke Varney by Phil Jones results in a free kick. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Ryan Nelsen makes a clearance.
  • 84:21 Luke Varney provided the assist for the goal.
  • 84:21 GOAL - Matt PhillipsBlackpool 1 - 1 Blackburn Matt Phillips fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Blackpool 1-1 Blackburn.
  • 83:32 Substitution Matt Phillips comes on in place of Neal Eardley.
  • 82:01 Gary Taylor-Fletcher has an effort at goal. Save made by Paul Robinson. David Vaughan takes a inswinging corner. Charlie Adam takes a shot. Blocked by Christopher Samba. Charlie Adam takes a shot. Save by Paul Robinson. Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Adam from the left by-line.
  • 79:30 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 77:10 El-Hadji Diouf sends in a cross, clearance by Ian Evatt.
  • 75:09 Substitution Benjani Mwaruwari joins the action as a substitute, replacing Nikola Kalinic.
  • Correction - 74:32 Neal Eardley produces a cross, Charlie Adam takes a shot.
  • 74:32 Neal Eardley delivers the ball, Header from close in by Charlie Adam misses to the right of the goal.
  • 73:50 The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, blocked by Michel Salgado.
  • 73:27 The ball is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Nikola Kalinic is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 72:03 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Ian Evatt gets a block in.
  • 71:31 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 70:54 Foul by David Vaughan on Michel Salgado, free kick awarded. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 69:44 El-Hadji Diouf delivers the ball, clearance made by Ian Evatt. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 69:11 El-Hadji Diouf crosses the ball, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 67:58 Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Charlie Adam. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam, clearance by Christopher Samba. Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. The ball is sent over by Charlie Adam, Unfair challenge on Gael Givet by Gary Taylor-Fletcher results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 66:38 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Morten Gamst Pedersen by Elliot Grandin. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 66:30 Nikola Kalinic is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Adam.
  • 64:08 Matthew Gilks takes the direct free kick.
  • 64:08 Substitution (Blackburn) makes a substitution, with Keith Andrews coming on for Steven Nzonzi.
  • 64:08 Substitution Marlon Harewood leaves the field to be replaced by Elliot Grandin.
  • 64:08 Free kick taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Matthew Gilks fouled by Christopher Samba, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 64:08 Substitution (Blackpool) makes a substitution, with Luke Varney coming on for Brett Ormerod.
  • 64:08 Foul by Ian Evatt on Nikola Kalinic, free kick awarded.
  • 63:34 The ball is swung over by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 61:56 The ball is swung over by Dudley Campbell. Brett Ormerod is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Paul Robinson takes the indirect free kick.
  • 60:44 The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, Michel Salgado manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:21 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, Phil Jones takes a shot. Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 59:46 A cross is delivered by Dudley Campbell, clearance by Gael Givet. Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Adam, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance.
  • 59:11 The ball is swung over by Neal Eardley, clearance by Michel Salgado.
  • 59:00 Charlie Adam takes a shot. Brett Emerton gets a block in.
  • 58:04 Free kick awarded for a foul by Brett Ormerod on Christopher Samba. Paul Robinson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:31 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 56:36 Brett Emerton takes a shot. Save by Matthew Gilks. The ball is swung over by Brett Emerton. The offside flag is raised against Nikola Kalinic. Free kick taken by Matthew Gilks.
  • 55:24 Centre by Gary Taylor-Fletcher. The referee blows for offside. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 52:30 The referee gives a free kick against Christopher Samba for handball. Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Gael Givet.
  • 50:49 Free kick awarded for a foul by Michel Salgado on Dudley Campbell. Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Adam from left channel.
  • 49:38 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 46:11 Charlie Adam challenges Phil Jones unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 45:01 The referee gets the second half underway.
  • 45:01 Substitution Mame Diouf leaves the field to be replaced by Brett Emerton.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+2:32 The players leave the pitch at half time.
  • 45:00+1:45 Direct free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 45:00+1:45 Booking The referee shows Marlon Harewood a yellow card.
  • 45:00+1:41 Marlon Harewood handles the ball and concedes a free kick.
  • 45:00+0:50 The ball is delivered by Neal Eardley, Michel Salgado makes a clearance.
  • 44:07 Neal Eardley fouled by Gael Givet, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neal Eardley.
  • Correction - 42:16 Nikola Kalinic takes a shot. Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 42:16 Nikola Kalinic has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.
  • 42:09 El-Hadji Diouf produces a cross.
  • 40:33 Phil Jones challenges Dudley Campbell unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Adam restarts play with the free kick. Stephen Crainey crosses the ball.
  • 38:27 The ball is crossed by Michel Salgado, Craig Cathcart manages to make a clearance. Corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line to the near post, save by Matthew Gilks.
  • 36:47 Marlon Harewood concedes a free kick for a foul on Gael Givet. Free kick taken by Paul Robinson.
  • 36:18 The assistant referee flags for offside against El-Hadji Diouf. Matthew Gilks restarts play with the free kick.
  • 35:03 Centre by Charlie Adam, Michel Salgado makes a clearance. Corner taken left-footed by David Vaughan from the left by-line to the near post, Mame Diouf manages to make a clearance. Centre by Stephen Crainey, Shot from inside the area by Charlie Adam clears the bar.
  • 34:58 Neal Eardley crosses the ball, clearance by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 33:08 Phil Jones concedes a free kick for a foul on Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Charlie Adam produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick. Corner from the left by-line taken by David Vaughan, clearance made by Phil Jones.
  • 32:20 Michel Salgado fouled by Gary Taylor-Fletcher, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 29:27 Charlie Adam delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Christopher Samba manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken by David Vaughan from the right by-line played to the near post.
  • 29:27 Booking Booking for Michel Salgado for unsporting behaviour.
  • 29:22 Michel Salgado concedes a free kick for a foul on Dudley Campbell.
  • 26:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on El-Hadji Diouf by David Vaughan. A cross is delivered by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Headed effort from inside the area by Christopher Samba hits the post. Effort from deep inside the area by Nikola Kalinic misses to the left of the target.
  • 25:56 Ian Evatt has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the target.
  • 24:38 Marlon Harewood delivers the ball, Paul Robinson makes a save.
  • Correction - 19:55 Nikola Kalinic provided the assist for the goal.
  • 19:55 Assist by Nikola Kalinic.
  • 19:55 GOAL - Charlie AdamBlackpool 0 - 1 Blackburn Charlie Adam heads into his own net. Blackpool 0-1 Blackburn.
  • Correction - 19:48 The ball is swung over by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 19:48 The ball is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 19:00 Free kick awarded for a foul by Dudley Campbell on Ryan Nelsen. Paul Robinson takes the free kick.
  • 17:49 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, Effort from the edge of the area by Phil Jones goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 17:33 Nikola Kalinic delivers the ball, Ian Evatt manages to make a clearance.
  • 17:03 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, Stephen Crainey makes a clearance.
  • 16:16 Unfair challenge on Phil Jones by Charlie Adam results in a free kick. Paul Robinson takes the direct free kick.
  • 15:36 Morten Gamst Pedersen produces a cross, save made by Matthew Gilks.
  • 14:36 Foul by Michel Salgado on Dudley Campbell, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Ian Evatt.
  • 12:50 The ball is crossed by Stephen Crainey, clearance by Christopher Samba.
  • 11:25 David Vaughan takes a short corner. The ball is delivered by David Vaughan.
  • 11:20 The ball is crossed by Brett Ormerod, Gael Givet manages to make a clearance.
  • 10:30 The ball is sent over by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by David Vaughan.
  • 9:00 Marlon Harewood delivers the ball.
  • 7:33 Shot from just outside the area by El-Hadji Diouf goes over the bar.
  • 7:05 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen played to the near post, Ian Evatt makes a clearance.
  • 6:58 The ball is crossed by El-Hadji Diouf, clearance made by Ian Evatt.
  • 5:18 Outswinging corner taken by Morten Gamst Pedersen, Nikola Kalinic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Matthew Gilks. Matthew Gilks takes the free kick.
  • 4:22 The ball is swung over by Stephen Crainey, clearance made by Gael Givet.
  • 2:37 Corner taken left-footed by Morten Gamst Pedersen from the right by-line, Matthew Gilks makes a save.
  • 1:22 Neal Eardley crosses the ball, Gary Taylor-Fletcher takes a shot. Blocked by Michel Salgado. Outswinging corner taken by David Vaughan from the left by-line, Ian Evatt takes a shot. Clearance by Michel Salgado.
  • 0:45 Stephen Crainey sends in a cross, clearance made by Gael Givet.
  • 0:00 The game begins.

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Premier League table snapshot

As it stood on 25 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Chelsea 6 19 15
2 Arsenal 6 9 11
3 Man Utd 5 7 11
4 Man City 6 5 11
5 West Brom 6 -3 10
6 Fulham 6 1 8
7 Tottenham 6 1 8
8 Blackburn 6 0 8
9 Newcastle 5 2 7
10 Sunderland 6 0 7
11 Birmingham 6 -1 7
12 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
13 Blackpool 6 -5 7
14 Bolton 5 -1 6
15 Liverpool 6 -3 6
16 Wolves 5 -2 5
17 Wigan 6 -11 5
18 Stoke 5 -3 4
19 West Ham 6 -9 4
20 Everton 6 -3 3

see also
Outspoken Holloway fears action
25 Sep 10 |  Premier League
Saturday's football photos
25 Sep 10 |  Football



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