Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Monday October 28 2013
Rovers left Bloomfield Road on Saturday afternoon with a point, which given the context of the game itself was merited, but the manner of which the away side restored parity made the draw feel like a win.
For Rovers were the better side for a decent portion of a very entertaining game in which Blackpool certainly played their part, with both sides keen to get forward and excite the crowd.
Blackpool took the lead through a Tom Ince penalty after Matt Kilgallon needlessly conceded a penalty for dragging down the lively Ricardo Fuller but a penalty down the other end restored a balance to the scoreline after Jordan Rhodes' goalbound shot was handled by on loan Liverpool fullback Jack Robinson.
Both penalties were expertly taken with Jake Kean and Matt Gilks standing the square root of absolutely no chance with such gifted players taking them.
But Blackpool were to edge ahead before half-time, which came at a bad time for who were enjoying a decent spell of pressure but a combination of Jason Lowe's abreast legs and JAke KEan's vision being impaired saw a decent but manageable Dan Gosling effort trickle home into the far corner.
The second half was well contested but largely uneventful all the way through till the last ten minutes when Rovers sub DJ Campbell set off a chain of events that would lead to a rousing finale.
Campbell lunged for a stray ball at the feet of Blackpool keeper Gilks in the 84th minute and clattered into him, it was a ball he could go for but given the nature of the challenge a 20 man brawl kicked off with Jake Kean performing the role of spectator down the opposite end as all the outfield players assumed the role of professional wrestlers.
Campbell was correctly red carded for aiming a headbutt at Gary MacKenzie before Jack Robinson (who was somewhat less guilty of violence than Kirk Broadfoot, who swung a punch) saw red soon after for his part in the melee.
But that wasn't the end of things, a free kick was awarded in the 92nd minute down on the side left back Robinson would have been initially covering which was swung over by the games best player - Tom Cairney - which was unintentionally glanced home by Tangerine's replacement Steven Davies with Jordan Rhodes lurking.
Cue pandemonium in the away end and Jake Kean romping to the front row to join in.
Lively, at times enthralling and when the dust had settled, the least Rovers deserved for a game they were the better side in for all but the first 20 minutes.
Date:Monday October 28 2013
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