Premier League - Emerton helps Rovers to victory

Sat, 25 Sep 17:13:00 2010

Blackburn earned a dramatic Premier League victory at Blackpool with Brett Emerton's late strike giving Rovers a 2-1 win.

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Highlights: Blackpool 1-2 Blackburn

Blackburn led after Charlie Adam's own goal 20 minutes into the first half, after Niko Kalinic had flicked on a fantastic cross from El-Hadji Diouf.

Ian Holloway's men found an equaliser with five minutes left on the clock, debutant Matthew Phillips firing a low shot past Paul Robinson with virtually his first touch after coming off the bench.

It wasn't enough for Blackpool though, Brett Emerton restoring the away side's lead at the death, firing low past Gilks in the third minute of added time.

The home side made a bright start in this derby clash and were unlucky not to go in front through Ian Evatt, with Michel Salgado having to react smartly to hook the defender's effort off the line.

Fifteen minutes later disaster struck for Blackpool and in particular their talismanic captain Adam.

With no Blackburn player near him, Adam attempted to direct the ball back towards his own goalkeeper. He got his header all wrong, and Matt Gilks could only watch as the ball bounced past him and into the back of the net.

Blackburn came close to doubling their lead when Chris Samba shook the post with a header after Morten Gamst Pedersen had fired in a dangerous cross.

The away side wasted numerous chances to put the match beyond their opposition, the impressive Diouf crossing for youngster Phil Jones to force an excellent save out of Gilks, and with five minutes left, they were made to rue their missed opportunities.

Pedersen lost possession in midfield to former Wycombe Wanderers winger Matthew Phillips. The debutant dribbled unopposed into the Blackburn box and fired a fierce low drive past a despairing Paul Robinson.

The goal lifted Blackpool and it looked like they might be able to force a winner in added time, but it was Rovers who found a decisive second goal.

After a scramble in the Blackpool penalty area the ball eventually broke to Emerton. The Australian composed himself before smashing a crisply struck low shot into the corner of Gilks's goal to seal a derby-day success for Sam Allardyce's men.

Tom McGowan / Eurosport

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